How to Read the Celtic Cross Tarot

▶️ 10-Card Celtic Cross Spread

The Celtic Cross spread is one of the most commonly used but not necessarily an easy one. While this is a general purpose spread, it’s best to have a specific question in mind before you begin.

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Tarot Card Celtic Cross Spread
Tarot Card Celtic Cross Spread

Celtic Cross Tarot Positions

Card 1: “This covers you”. This card represents influences and positive forces that accompany you.

Card 2: “This crosses you”. these are obstacles or complications in the situation we are analyzing. What obstacles are in your way?

Card 3: “This crowns you”. An ideal situation or a possible future which has not yet been realised.

Card 4: “This is beneath you”. The subconscious origin of your concern or problem. It’s all about what got you into the position you are in now.

Card 5: “This is behind you”. In other words, your past: the events that have lead up to your present situation.

Card 6: “This is before you”. Where you are going and what awaits you. These possibilities and alternatives may come in the next few weeks or even months. But this is not a final outcome, just the next step.

Card 7: Yourself or your attitude towards the matter. How you feel at this time and gives perspective on the whole spread.

Card 8: Environment and external influences such as the people around you. Be they friends, family, or coworkers, how do they perceive you?

Card 9: Hopes and fears. It shows your hidden emotions, desires, anxieties and thoughts about what you feel is coming.

Card 10: The outcome of the situation, the results of all the previous influences. If you don’t like the card you’re seeing, this may be a sign that you should question your desires. Depending on the case, it can be understood as a position of advice or what to expect in the long-term.

Watch More Tarot Spreads

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Tarot Card Meanings

Major Arcana 🧙

0. The FoolI. The MagicianIX. The Hermit
XVII. The StarII. The High PriestessX. Wheel of Fortune
XVIII. The MoonIII. The EmpressXI. Justice
XIX. The SunIV. The EmperorXII. The Hanged Man
XXI. The WorldVI. The LoversXIV. Temperance
XXII. The Fool ExplainedVII. The ChariotXV. The Devil
VIII. StrengthXVI. The Tower

Wands 🥍Cups 🏆
Ace of WandsAce of Cups
Two of WandsTwo of Cups
Three of WandsThree of Cups
Four of WandsFour of Cups
Five of WandsFive of Cups
Six of WandsSix of Cups
Seven of WandsSeven of Cups
Eight of WandsEight of Cups
Nine of WandsNine of Cups
Ten of WandsTen of Cups
Page of WandsPage of Cups
Knight of WandsKnight of Cups
Queen of WandsQueen of Cups
King of WandsKing of Cups

Swords ⚔️Pentacles 🥇
Ace of SwordsAce of Pentacles
Two of SwordsTwo of Pentacles
Three of SwordsThree of Pentacles
Four of SwordsFour of Pentacles
Five of SwordsFive of Pentacles
Six of SwordsSix of Pentacles
Seven of SwordsSeven of Pentacles
Eight of SwordsEight of Pentacles
Nine of SwordsNine of Pentacles
Ten of SwordsTen of Pentacles
Page of SwordsPage of Pentacles
Knight of SwordsKnight of Pentacles
Queen of SwordsQueen of Pentacles
King of SwordsKing of Pentacles


  1. On this Celtic Cross spread, the cards 3 and 5 have the wrong interpretations. Card 3 is what is beneath you and card5 is what crowns you.

    • Francisco Huanaco

      Thanks for your observation, John! I have updated the page and fixed the order. I appreciate the feedback. Blessed Be! 🙏

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