6. What was the first spread you learned?
After thinking long and hard I believe that the 3 card past-present-future was the first spread I “learned”. I know their whitebook that came with my first deck also had the Celtic Cross.
I found the Celtic Cross nearly impossible to use. It didn’t flow in a way that made sense to me. I think I may have used it as a spread twice.
Instead of looking up other tarot spreads at that point I mostly started making my own. This was awesome because it’s also the point where I started writing down information about reading tarot. When reading for my friends in High School I used one of two spreads I made, and which we’ll touch on in future posts.
I did eventually loop back to the celtic cross and learn how to better use it. I think the main reason it does not appeal to me is it is not visually balanced. I tend to spreads that are both visually balanced and have a lot of duality in their cards.
A brief overview of the Celtic Cross Spread:
- The Self
- Challenges (What crosses you)
- Where to focus
- The Past of the situation
- Strengths (Powers from on high)
- Near Future
- Suggested Approach
- What you need to know
- Hopes and Fears
- Your Potential Future
Apologies for this being late – I fell asleep while writing it.
30 days of Tarot challenge – by The Tarot Sybarite (Full list here).
Beyond the Celtic Cross: Secret Techniques for Taking Tarot to an Exciting New Level
by Catherine Chapman & Paul Hughes-Barlow (Affiliate link)
The Celtic Cross (Via Learntarot.com)
How to Read the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread (Via BiddyTarot.com)
How to Read the Celtic Cross Like a Pro (leafing to a 5 part series on the spread) (Via TarotElements.com)