Here is one approach to interpreting the Celtic Cross.

Look at the six cards of the Circle/Cross section. They show what is going on in your life at the moment of the reading.

Examine the cards in pairs, perhaps in the following order:

• Look at Cards 1 and 2 to find out the central dynamic.

• Look at Cards 3 and 5 to find out what is going on within you at different levels.

• Look at Cards 4 and 6 to see how people and events are flowing through your life.

From these six cards, create a description of your immediate situation. Consider the Staff section of the spread, perhaps in this order:

• Look at Cards 7 and 8 to find out how more about the relationship between you and your environment.

• Look at Card 10 - the projected outcome. How do you feel about it? What does it say to you?

Review the cards to discover the factors leading to the outcome. See if one card stands out as key. Also:

• Compare the projected outcome (Card 10) to a possible alternative outcome (Card 5).

• Consider how the near future (Card 6) contributes to the projected outcome (Card 10).

• See if Card 9 tells you something you need to know. Do you have a hope or fear that is relevant?





heart of the matter central issue major concern basic worry or upset primary focus focal point fundamental problem present environment (outer)

"that which covers you" - traditional surrounding circumstances immediate problem at hand what's going on around you what you're dealing with external factors present environment (inner)

internal factors how you feel about the situation key personal quality basic state of mind emotional state what's going on inside of you

primary factor major influence dominant characteristic outstanding feature most important element most striking quality



opposing factor

"that which is crossing you" - traditional contrary element source of resistance balancing tendency moderating influence rival or subversive agent factor for change something out of left field unpredictable element new consideration unbalancing force surprise what's rocking the boat secondary factor tangential concern another source of information side issue subordinate problem minor factor reinforcing factor supporting feature additional emphasis cooperating person extra attraction magnifying force related issue


To place card 2 correctly, rotate the card 90 degrees clockwise and lay it on top of card 1. Card 2 is reversed if the top of the card's image is on the left after placement.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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