Whenever I give someone a tarot reading I use the Rider Waite tarot deck and my
variation of the Celtic Cross spread. The Celtic Cross spread has ten cards originally and I add a further
twelve. Each card has a pairing card that helps explain the meaning at that point and I also add two cards
that represent the overall meaning of the reading. The structure of the reading also differs slightly. I
read the cards sequentially from 1-22 (as shown below) in such a way that represents the passage of time.
Cards 1-4 represent the present or near past/future and then each card pair represents a step forward in
time. Cards 19-20 show us the final outcome of the situation and the last two cards are an overall message
is there to give us the main theme of the reading. Before you press the show reading button it is important
you have a good sense of the idea that you wish to know about from the cards. So before you press the button
think about a question that you would like answered, picture it in your mind and when you are ready press the
Here is a visualisation of the spread that I will use to give you your reading. I have numbered the cards
so that you can see how I move through the spread indicating the passage of time. I will now briefly describe
how I read this spread.
Cards 1-2 indicate what is happening now, in the near past or the near future. This is something that
represents an important idea that you may be thinking of or something that is occurring in your life.
Cards 3-4 give more clarity to the ideas presented by cards 1-2 and may tell us a little more about
what is going on. Cards 5-6 will symbolise something els in your life or something that will come into
your life that is related to the first four cards, perhaps as a direct consequence of the first four
cards. As we move through the cards generally we move forward in time with each card pair indicating an
idea or situation that will come into your life after this moment. However, the movement through time
is not always the way to read these cards. If there is an obvious causal effect between card pairs then
yes that will indicate the passage of time but if the card pairs represent ideas that you feel are linked
but could come at any time then read them whatever way you feel is right. Cards 19-20 give us an idea of
the final outcome for the entire reading and should indicate how you will end up after this cycle is
complete. Remember that this reading is based upon the question you asked at the start so the answer may
come in a way that you don't expect so be flexible in your expectations of the outcome of the reading.
So, take you time, relax, slow your breathing and think about a question you would like answered by this
tarot reading. When you have decided on a question, hold it in your mind and when you are ready select
whether you want to choose your cards manually or let the universe choose for you.
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