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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 11 Aug 2004, and now archived in the Forum Library.

Little Baron  11 Aug 2004 
Hi Everyone

Tonight, I have been working on a long-awaited reading for Moonbow*.

Sometimes, cards work together really well and I get the idea quite early on, but sometimes, like now, it is not so easy.

I am getting mixed messages from this reading - not bad ones; there just seems to be a lot going on and it is hard to see what it is that I am supposed to keep the focus on. I suppose it is all the more difficult to do this when you do not have the person there to ask any kind of questions.

What I was wondering, is when you work on your own versions of the CC, are there a few specific cards that you might pull out as the most important. Of course I look to the central cross as the main issues, but was wondering if there are any other tips that you might be able to share.



Kahlie  11 Aug 2004 
Since Cards 1 and 2 usually related the issue, you can relate all other cards to them.

I also try to check out the Quintesse Card, (Adding all the cards and seeing which Major pops up, or which 2 or 3 majors). This usually gives me insight as to why the question is asked or what is going on.

Then I check which Suits are most predominant. (Cups/Wands/Swords/Pentacles) If the Spread has much reversed cards or much majors, or much court cards.

Usually that helps me see things clearly. I hope this helps, just some tips I use. 

Little Baron  11 Aug 2004 
Thanks Kahlie

These are things that I usually do but didn't tonight. I kind of jumped in before standing back and taking a look, like you have suggested.

Cheers; it's like you passed me over my reading glasses.


Ravenswing  12 Aug 2004 

I look at the "crossing" card a bit differently. Rather than an obsticle, I look at the word "cross" to mean "cross over".

Then I get two lines of three cards.

Behind-- crosses-- before
This is the time line-- runs horizontal

Beneath-- covers-- crowns
This is internal development or some such-- runs verticle

Looking at the cards in this way, the first six become a cross in a circle.

fly well

Francesca  12 Aug 2004 
I call the 1st card the Situation card and the crossing card the Challenge card.

Instead of laying out the next 4 card in a circle, I do it this way;



And then I have the four card represent the intution--the Inner--which then informs the 5, potential action or Outer.


Centaur  12 Aug 2004 
I would agree that the first two cards are quite central and important to the spread. However, I tend not to place too much importance on specific positions in the spread, and try to look at it as a coherent whole. I totally understand what you mean though Yaboot. I find that sometimes, a reading just 'speaks' to me; the cards fitting together very easily as I look upon the spread. But at other times, I find that I can be baffled just as easily as it can flow for me. Usually, in a situation like that, I tend to take note of the cards I have drawn and come back to it at a later stage, and with a fresher head. 

Aun  13 Aug 2004 

In my opinion, it really depends on the context of a reading.

Not always cards 1 and 2 bring the most important aspects on a Celtic Cross, depending on the surrounding cards.

Trumps should carry more significance than minors... the predominace of a suit or a specific number... the excess or absence of court cards... these and many other factors could draw the focus away from that which is initially supposed to be the core of a spread... 

The Celtic Cross Question thread was originally posted on 11 Aug 2004 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

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