The Celtic Cross Tarot Card Spread

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Card 1: The Two of Cups = The present = The current situation. The Two of Cups is part of the Minor Arcana, relating to the choices and actions you will make throughout the realization of your destiny. The Cups represent your personal outlook with respect to your emotional feelings and your tendency to think with your heart rather than with your head.

The Two of Cups represents the following: the day of your wedding, the time when you decide to bond together in a committed relationship, the time when you are ready to sign a contract with a business partnership, or the time when you are ready to commit to a personal goal that is very close to your heart. The Two of Cups is related to the element of water, the Cancer zodiac sign (the cardinal leader that initiates changes and leads with their heart rather than their head).

Card 2: The Wheel of Fortune = The influence = The helpful or challenging energies crossing the situation. The Wheel of Fortune is part of the Major Arcana relating to the lessons you will learn when you are thrown into an unexpected storm in your life. The Wheel of Fortune represents fate and destiny, the ups and downs and the twists and turns you will experience on your journey.

The Wheel of Fortune is also related to the ninth house of the “Natal Birth Chart,” the unexplored areas of your life, and the time when you are ready to expand into a larger arena. Your exploration will lead you to new interests of study, the time when you will be pointed towards your higher accomplishments in life. The Wheel of Fortune is ruled by the planet Jupiter (your guardian angel). The timing of the Wheel of Fortune is hidden, because your guardian angel works in a mysterious way.

Card 3: The Three of Wands = The past = The basis of the situation. The Three of Wands is related to the Minor Arcana and represents your choices and actions throughout the realization of your destiny. The Wands represent the spark plugs in my deck, the spark of creativity and the birth of an idea. The Wands are oriented toward action, growth and the realization of your dreams.

The Three of Wands is associated with new courses that will further the development of careers, new ventures, personal goals, and the time when you are driven by the desire to move forward with no fear of changes. This is the time when you see your dream in the works, but it also means that you are making it happen! The Three of Wands represent the element of fire and the zodiac sign of Aries (the action driven cardinal leader). I named the Three of Wands the “Boat Card” in my deck. Boats are named after women because they are beautiful, so there might be a special boat that you are chasing after, however, the boat is also related to a man that is on top of your bucket list!

Card 4: The Knight of Wands = The immediate past = What is behind you. The Knight of Wands is related to the Court Cards and they represent you or outside influences: a friend, lover, boss, or even an open enemy. The energies of the Knight may be flirty or sarcastic, impatient or flighty, secretively spiteful or debating, and romantic or shockingly independent.

The Knight of Wands represents someone that is on a mission and will take risks to accomplish their goals, but the Knight needs his personal freedom to feel at his best. The Knights impatience deters him from waiting idly, and there is no holding him back from his desires to be on the move and accomplish his dreams! Whatever the Knight puts on the top of his bucket list, he follows through, but it has to be his way. The hooves of the Knight’s horse are rearing off the ground, relating to the speed and intensity he is driving his horse (his hot flaming desire for fulfillment). If you look closely, you will see that the horse’s eyes are passive, meaning that the Knight is in total control of the horse or his environment.

The Knight of Wands represent the element of fire and the zodiac sign of Sagittarius (the explorer). This card position shows that you are a doer and when your mind is made up, nothing stops you from achieving your dreams! The key words for this card is “Great Balls of Fire!” No mission is impossible, time to charge ahead!

Card 5: The Ten of Wands = The crowning thoughts = Your thoughts regarding the situation. The Wands are related to the Minor Arcana, your choices and actions throughout the realization of your destiny, and they are the spark plugs in my deck. The Wands are oriented toward action, growth and the realization of your dreams.

The Ten of Wands represents both good and bad times, the price paid to achieve your dreams. Achieving the rewards of being on top will require you to work harder to maintain your current position. Yes, there are consequences to pay and it will be difficult, requiring you to exert all your reserved energies. Trying to find a balance with your personal life and all your responsibilities might seem impossible. At times, you will not be able to get the rest that you need to feel at peace, relaxed and recharged. There will be no time in your life for anything else, but work. Your mind will be plagued with what you need to do next, which will maintain you in a permanent state of exhaustion. You will feel that you have taken on way too much, and there is no escape. As you contemplate the long, grueling hours ahead of you, you will feel you have made a big mistake. You will start to reevaluate your dream and wonder if it is worth the price that you are paying, because the personal side of your life is on hold and not being lived!

The Ten of Wands represent the element of fire and the zodiac sign of Sagittarius (the explorer). This card position tells you that it’s the right time to make some drastic changes so you are not wearing yourself out! There is an imbalance here that says that you are burning the candle at both ends, and your personal life that is associated with your friends, and the people close to you that love you is taking a hit!

Card 6: Strength = The immediate future = What is about to happen. The Strength card is part of the Major Arcana and represents the lessons you will learn when you allow fear to control you, the time when you are not in control of your environment or your situation because it controls you! When Strength comes out in the upright position it heralds a time when you are going after something you really want, and everything is moving at a fast pace, and you are spending the time to make it work. The upright position of Strength represents that you mustered the courage and faith to overcome your most stubborn obstacle of fear. Your fears do not stop you anymore.

Strength is related to the fifth house of the “Natal Birth Chart” and represents good karma. The fifth house represents fun, romance, creativity and children, and your desires to go after what you want! Strength is also related to the element of fire and the zodiac sign of Leo (the fire sign that loves to be in the spotlight and on center stage, and loves attention). Leo will go after what is on top their bucket list, because the sleeping lion has awakened and is on the prowl!

Card 7: Death = Your fears = The emotional concerns regarding the situation. The Death card is part of the Major Arcana and represents the lessons you learned or will learn on your journey. The presence of the Death card represents change, and it might be out with the old and in with the new. But in this card position, Death represents the phobias you will go through when you fear making changes!

The Death card shows a skeleton wearing black armor, the skeleton returns from a mission, showing you that something has ended because he returns as a skeleton without the foundation of his body. The flag that the skeleton clad is holding depicts a white rose, which means purity. However, the rose has thorns that tell you that he has endured a few stinging ordeals along the way! The man asks his skeleton, “Have I died?” The skeleton answers, “No, but the path you were on has died!” When this card shows up in a reading, it means that a monumental change approaches or it’s time to accept change!

Death is related to the element of water and the zodiac sign of Scorpio (the zodiac sign that represents transformation). It might be the time to overcome your fears and accept that you need to make changes!

Card 8: The King of Pentacles = The environmental factors = How others see you. The King of Pentacles is related to the Court Cards and they represent you or outside influences: a friend, lover, boss, or even an open enemy. The King of Pentacles is also related to the Minor Arcana and represents your choices and actions throughout the realization of your destiny.

The King of Pentacles thinks with his head, and he is slow to make decisions, but very ambitious and disciplined to realize his personal dreams and will not compromise his values and self-worth. The King of Pentacles is numerated fourteen. The number 14 is composed of the numbers 1 and 4, which have a sum of 5. The number 1 represents the Magician, which symbolizes new beginnings where all things are possible. The Magician’s confidence enables him to focus all his attention on the realization of his dreams. The number 4 represents the Emperor, a stable number that denotes security, authority, control, responsibility, and experience. The number 5 represents the Hierophant, symbolic of harmony and unity in all elements of spiritual knowledge and wisdom. The King of Pentacles represents a man with confidence, determination, authority, and experience, and follows the rules of his faith, believing in them utterly.

The King of Pentacles also represents a person that steps in your life and helps you get to where you need to go. The King of Pentacles is related to the element of earth and the zodiac sign of Taurus (ruled by the planet Venus, what you love and desire to have. Venus makes Taurus plan for the future and Taurus is hardworking and loyal). It might be the time to follow through with what you need to do, or you might meet that special mentor that comes into your life to help you!

Card 9: The Page of Cups = Your hopes = What you really wish for. The Page of Cups is related to the Court Cards and they represent you or outside influences: a friend, lover, boss, or even an open enemy in the reversed position.

The Page of Cups represents the messenger, and I named the Page of Cups the “Pony Express.” The Page of Cups will deliver news to you, good or bad, and follow through with his job to deliver this news swiftly. The Page of Cups represents all the water signs: The sign of Pisces represents that he is adaptable and changeable, but he gets bored easily when the fun starts to fade. The sign of Scorpio represents that he wants to be the boss and in charge. The sign of Cancer represents the doer, the initiator that will go out of his way to help others. The Page of Cups does not see his limitations and you cannot tell him otherwise. The Page of Cups is also a loyal and trusted friend who is also devoted to your best interests and welfare in the upright position.

The Page of Cups is related to the element of water and the zodiac signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. The presence of the Page represents that you will deliver or receive an important messages related to something that is very close to your heart, or the message might represent a wish that comes true in this card position.

Card 10: The Fool = The outcome = The answer to your question. The Fool is related to the Major Arcana and represents the lessons you are going to learn on your journey or have already learned! When the Fool comes out in the outcome of your reading, there will be some or all of the following: sudden changes, a new journey, starting over, spontaneous or serendipitous events, and taking risks.

The Fool is related to the eleventh house of the “Natal Birth Chart,” and the 11th house represents your hopes and wishes, your social network of friends and mentors. With the Fool related to the Aquarius zodiac sign, your friends may change radically when Uranus leaps into your eleventh house, and you might experience a sudden unexpected change associated with the people you associate with. The planet Uranus brings you into a new condition of change, and warning that change it will come upon you abruptly. This planet, the planet of change, carries the reputation of a rebel, for progress is inevitable. Uranus never abandons the path until it has secured a change.

The Fool is related to the element of air and the zodiac sign of Aquarius, the time span of January 20 to February 18, the first, second and third decans of Aquarius in astrology, and a timing of 1-30 days. However, the Fool is unpredictable, and in the upright position the Fool will leap forward and follow through with what he desires to do. The timing is usually immediate, and brings you into a new beginning to try something new and interesting!

 

With Love and Joy,

Safina

© Safina 2014

 

 


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