Celtic Cross Spread? Nggghh.

I am continuing to find my groove with the Animism Tarot deck and continuing to learn and gain more insight into the world of symbolism, intuition and tarot reading. A celtic cross spread was in order to wind down my evening last night. I always gravitate towards small three card spreads and it was time to aim a little bigger.

But oy vey. I was reminded of why I’ve been doing three card spreads in the first place and and why I like doing three card spreads over others: for one, larger spreads take so much more time. To look at the different positions, their meanings, the cards, their meanings, their meanings in connection with their position, their meanings in connection to other cards with their meanings and their positions and how it all comes together? Ohhh the pages of notes I ended up writing last night! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Also another reason why I enjoy my little three card spreads: I don’t have room to do larger ones.  I don’t have large, spacious reading areas, and if I can just be a little honest: I have a lot of crap. Papers and fabrics and boxes and knick-knacks and small piles that end up being larger piles. I’m a collector. Of Stuff. Celtic cross spread? Ain’t nobody got room for that!

Thankfully there are evenings – ah, the evenings. When I can wind down on my bed, lay out my bright fuchsia scarf, and even have the room for something a little bigger than my usual three cards. This reading  ended up going really well, I think. I think the cards that really stood out to me were:

The Sun.. as it has always been my ideal – to stand in its warm glow and find happiness and success.

The Ten of Pentacles.. where I’d like to be, to be able to find my place in this world.

The Six of Cups.. how young at heart I really am.

The Queen of Swords.. filled with strength, to be fearless, to find purpose. She is who I want to be.  This is the future card, which – very fittingly – rises up from the Ace of Swords, which happens to be the past position.

The Queen of Wands, representing the outcome. The Queen of Wands really comes when needed. Filled with life and energy, she glows with strength and brings a positive lesson to learn.

This reading was definitely insightful, but for an every day reading I think I’ll stick with my three card spreads! Of course with time, and practice, readings will come easier and faster and spreads will be much more easier to tackle. But for now, I think I really have to be in the mood to do anything larger. I definitely lack the energy to dive into larger spreads on a regular basis.

Do you prefer to read small spreads or larger spreads? Perhaps one day I’ll tackle Radue’s Wheel, the 78 card spread. One day!.. maybe.


About Jo @ Rainbow of Crazy

My username came from that very random day several years ago when I was told that I was a "walking rainbow of crazy... twinkling with the spectrum of a thousand different colours." That name makes me smile to this day and will always remain with me! http://www.rainbowofcrazy.com https://rainbowofcrazy.wordpress.com

Posted on July 21, 2013, in Artwork, Tarot and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. For me it depends on the question. I like the Celtic Cross reading for bigger, more involved questions and general readings. For specific questions that need more specific answers, or questions that are on a very clear subject, I like to do 5 card readings. It’s 5 cards lined up horizontally:

    Card 1: The Question
    Card 2: The Action
    Card 3: The Challenge
    Card 4: The Sacrifice
    Card 5: The Outcome

    I’ve always had a hard time with the 3 card past present future reading. I never know what to do with the info. Any tips would be greatly appreciated on that one. 🙂


    • There are so many different three card spreads out there and I quickly got overwhelmed by them! Right now, I really enjoy three card spreads where their position doesn’t necessarily hold a specific meaning. No past/present/future for me. I’ll have a question in mind and simply draw three cards.. it’s kind of my way to force myself to be more intuitive and to find links between the cards, rather than placing them in a set position with a specific meaning. It is hard when I am not really an intuitive person! However there was one forum thread that really helped me with this kind of spread; it focuses on court cards and their positions relative to each other in three card spreads: http://tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=81444

  2. These cards really tell stories – I think they would lend themselves well to spreads with fewer cards, even one card readings. Some decks rely more on a system and maybe would be better for the Celtic cross? I almost never use that spread.

  3. I like to do the cc, but it depends what the client is asking. Sometimes i do a 21 card spread, other times its 3! Also, im loving that queen of wands!!!

  4. yourgypsysoul

    I prefer the smaller spreads for the same reasons. I get too frustrusted & overwhelmed when I do the bigger spreads, but I should work with them more to get familiar. My favorite way to read, and I’m not sure if it’s even technically a “Spread” is to shuffle, the flip the top 8 cards. The 8th card is the daily reading, then I look for related cards and go from there. Some days I use all of them, most days I don’t.

    • That’s a really interesting method; I really like that! I remember I used to “feel out” the right cards from a spread out deck. I’d pick them out from different parts of the deck, but I never really felt like I’ve chosen the right cards for whatever reason. Now I just shuffle like crazy, and if I plan to draw three cards, I cut the deck three times first. Don’t even know why I do, but it feels right. It’s funny how habits quickly form 🙂

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