Tarot Card Spreads: Celtic Cross
The Celtic Cross is one of the available tarot card reading layouts. It is also known as the Gnostic Cross. This type of layout is good to use if you want a personality profile of a particular person, a "stop action" photo type view of them or a small part of their life. It is one of the tarot card spreads that can be used for any animate being, but not specifically for situations. It doesn't answer specific questions like a 12 Card reading can either. The Celtic Cross reading is often used before doing a 12 Card reading to get information about a person and give you an idea of who they are before you do a more detailed 12 Card reading.
Tarot Card Spreads: 12 Card
Of these two tarot card spreads, the 12 Card reading gives much more detailed information. You can use a 12 Card layout to read people, situations, businesses, financial issues, relationships and all types of other situations involving multiple people. Whereas we described the Celtic Cross as a "stop action" photo view of a person, the 12 card could be described as a moving picture. In a 12 Card reading there are 3 rows of cards laid out representing past, present and future. Cause and effect chains can be identified and by then making a small change in the present you can change the possible futures that are shown. This type of tarot card spread is much more flexible and detailed than the Celtic Cross. You can use multiple signifier cards to set up very complex situations, take out parts of the reading to blow-up to get even more information on that portion and even move the reading back and forth in time.
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