The Mystical Crossroads: Journey into the Secrets of the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread

Introduction to the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread

The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread is one of the most iconic and popular Tarot layouts, a go-to for readers of every stripe and speciality. Since its introduction in the 19th century, the approach has evolved and adjusted, producing what is now commonly referred to as the Mystical Crossroads. This ancient and well-respected approach comprises of 10 cards, rearranged and read with an eye towards unlocking the secrets of fate and the gifts of the past, present, and future.

The Crossroads: Understanding the Foundation

At the heart of the Celtic Cross is a four-card ‘cross’ made up of two vertical and two horizontal cards. The vertical cards represent the conscious and subconscious, while the horizontal cards represent the individual’s past and future. All four cards form the ‘crossroads’, from which the spread’s path is activated. Adding the remaining six cards deepens the extent of this path, and significantly enhances the spread’s insight.

The Crown: Reflection of the Past

The Crown, the first of the four ‘bonus’ cards, is a reflection of the queries individual’s past action. It gently reveals the recent past which will, in turn, assist in shedding light on the current situation. This card provides the basis, and insight, for those living in the present.

The Outcome: Linking the Two Paths

The second ‘bonus’ card, the Outcome, links the two paths – the conscious and the subconscious. With this card, the reader many better understand the forces that guide the individual’s decision-making process and the end result of those decisions.

The Recent Past: Reading the Moment

The third ‘bonus’ card, the Recent Past, offers readers insight into the influences and forces that present themselves in the very moment that the spread is read. It encourages readers to focus on the here and now, and specifics that may affect the current situation.

The Long-Term Future: Claiming Your Destiny

The last ‘bonus’ card, the Long-Term Future, is a powerful reminder of the individual’s destiny. It implies that no matter what may have happened, an individual still has the power to claim his/her destiny by using insight from the past and present to make good decisions moving forward.


The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread is a timeless and powerful option for readers of every stripe. With its 10 interrelated cards, this Mystical Crossroads lays down the framework for readers to uncover the past, present, and future of an individual in order to plot a course for claiming destiny. Although the traditional Celtic Cross Spread undeniably offers readers much insight, the four added ‘bonus’ cards exponentially increase its ability to reveal insight in a much greater depth.

What type of tarot cards are used in a Celtic Cross tarot spread?

A Celtic Cross tarot spread typically uses a traditional 78-card Tarot deck, many of which are based on the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Each tarot card comes from one of four suits: Wands, Pentacles, Cups, and Swords. The Major Arcana represent aspects of the self, while the Minor Arcana represent everyday experiences, situations, and events.