The Celtic Cross is the classic, most common Tarot layout used for reading the cards. You can use it to answer a specific question or to get a general sense of your life right now.

Mobile responsive formatting prevents us from publishing a traditional Celtic Cross layout. We have labeled each card with cues for meaning below the card.

Click card titles (below the spread) to learn more about each card


Endings, change, transformation, transition, losing everything

REVERSED: Resistance to change, personal transformation, inner purging

Three of Swords

Heartbreak, emotional pain, sorrow, grief, hurt

REVERSED: Negative self-talk, releasing pain, optimism, forgiveness

Four of Wands

Celebration, joy, harmony, relaxation, homecoming

REVERSED: Personal celebration, inner harmony, conflict with others, transition.

Five of Wands

Mexican Standoff; Conflict, disagreements, competition, tension, diversity

REVERSED: Inner conflict, conflict avoidance, tension release

Ace of Wands

Inspiration, new opportunities, growth, potential

REVERSED: An emerging idea, lack of direction, distractions, delays

Hanging Man

Pause, surrender, letting go, new perspectives

REVERSED: Delays, resistance, stalling, indecision

High Priestess

Intuition, sacred knowledge, divine feminine, the subconscious mind

REVERSED: Secrets, disconnected from intuition, withdrawal and silence

Knight of Swords

Ambitious, action-oriented, driven to succeed, fast-thinking

REVERSED: Restless, unfocused, impulsive, burn-out

The Moon

Facing into Illusion, fear, anxiety, subconscious, intuition, confusion

Release of fear, repressed emotion, inner confusion

Five of Cups

Regret, failure, disappointment, pessimism. Self-caused troubles.

REVERSED: Personal setbacks, self-forgiveness, moving on.

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