30 Days of Tarot – Day 6

6. What was the first spread you learned?Celtic_Cross

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:

  1. celticThe Self
  2. Challenges (What crosses you)
  3. Where to focus
  4. The Past of the situation
  5. Strengths (Powers from on high)
  6. Near Future
  7. Suggested Approach
  8. What you need to know
  9. Hopes and Fears
  10. 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).

Recommended Reading: 

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)