This method is called ‘The Celtic cross’ and is used to answer a question that the person concerned on the tarot spread may ask the cards. For this arrangement we may use only the Major Arcana sequence of cards or the whole tarot deck.

After choosing the tarot card, the participant may shuffle and cut as we previously described. He then choses a number between one and twenty two if we are using the cards alone, or a number between one and seventy seven if we are using the whole deck. If for example the number eleven is chosen, the interpreter will count eleven cards from the top of the deck and place the last on the table. The eleventh card will be the first card of the layout. The second number should be picked between the numbers one and twenty one for Major Arcana or between one and seventy six for the whole deck, since one card is subtracted from the deck. We are deducting one number for each card that is placed on the table until we have the ten card layout.

The first card is placed above the pointer card and is representing the present conditions and situation the finds themselves in. It describes the psychological and spiritual state of mind of the participant.

The second card is placed on top of the first but sideways. It is an indicator for the obstacle the seeker is finding on his path and the difficulties they need to overcome.

The third card is placed underneath the two existing ones and is a representation of the past thoughts, ideas and situations of the seeker. It is the basis for the interpretation of the whole composition of cards.


The fourth card is placed above the first and second card and indicates the present hopes and fears of the seeker.

The fifth card’s position is depending on the direction that the figure in the tarot pointer card is looking in. If for example the figure is looking towards the right side the fifth card will be placed on the left of the pointer card. The reader is always placing this card on the opposite direction. If the figure is not looking in the right or left direction but straight ahead, the card will be immediately placed on the left of the pointer card. This card is a symbol for the past events and experiences. Situations that lasted for a long period of time and where important to the seeker’s life.

The sixth card is facing the figure. In comparison to the previous card, the sixth will always be facing the direction the pointer figure is looking in. It is the messenger of the future. Its symbols are a translation for the things that will affect the seeker’s future choices in life.

The reader should then place the remaining four cards on the right hand side of the pointer, starting from the bottom and finishing at the top.

The eighth card is an indicator for the behavior and state of mind of the seeker in future events. It may be used as advice depending on its position (reversed or not).

The ninth card is illustrating the hopes and fears of the participant where the last and tenth card is the answer or the solution for the seeker’s problem. It represents the result of a situation and it usually is a positive card. If the outcome is not specific then the reader may repeat the whole procedure again. This can only be suggested if the seeker’s is asking a very important question and the outcome is too vague.

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