When I started reading Tarot some 16 years ago, I started off with the Celtic Cross, a time-honored traditional spread to use with the cards. All these years later, the Celtic Cross is still my favorite go-to spread to use both in my personal and professional readings.
While watching the video, I had one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Since taking up the Lenormand, I’ve been working with 3-card spreads, Lines of 5, 9-card boxes, and the Grand Tableau. The Celtic Cross is something I had never considered—at least not until now.
After seeing the video, I was inspired to try out a Celtic Cross reading myself. Taking the Malpertuis Lenormand (by Neil Lovell of Malpertuis Designs Ltd.) in hand, I shuffled the cards with this question in mind: “What do I need to know about using the Celtic Cross Spread with the Lenormand?”
Below is a photo of the cards that came up in the reading:
Reading the Celtic Cross
The first card, Fish, fell in the position of the situation, and the word that came to mind was flow, meaning that the Lenormand is pointing out my concern about how the cards will flow together using this spread.
Next, in the position of crossing, was Clouds. Clouds here, in light of what I just said about the flow (Fish) is spot on, since it’s a card of confusion, doubt, and uncertainty. Clouds says I’m not sure how reading the Celtic Cross with Lenormand will work.
Sun fell in the third position, which is the root or underlying influence to the question. Sun says the question is rooted in success and confidence. Sun is asking for positive energy to be applied to the situation.
Mice fell into the fourth position, which is an influence from the recent past. Mice, for me, is a card of stress and worry, and can mean something is being lessened or diminished.
With the present (Fish) being connected to the past (Mice), another pairing can be taken into consideration. Mice + Fish can be read as a loss of flow or worry about the flow, both being variations of the concern brought to the table by Fish + Clouds.
Next position up is a goal, and Stars fell here. Stars can represent inspiration and the internet, which is how I was led to give this a try (Chloe’s video). Stars is also a card of divination, which also applies here.
In terms of a goal, the word that comes to mind with Stars is clarity. Stars is offering the inspirational guidance and direction that the flow (Fish) of reading the Lenormand in a Celtic Cross will become clearer the more I use it.
Ship fell next, in the position of the near future. Ship is a card of progression and advancement, which is a positive indication to go forward.
In the position of the self (me) is Dog. Here, the word that came to mind is loyalty, as I’ve been loyal to the Celtic Cross, in terms of it being my favorite spread to use as a Tarot consultant (consultant being one of my keywords for Dog).
In the next position up, the environment, Garden took this spot, which I found very interesting, given that Garden can mean other people (a group, a community, the general public or society).
When I work with a Celtic Cross, I sometimes look to the card in the past to see how it informs this card. With that in mind, I paired Mice + Garden and read it as worry about the community or worry about other people.
Here this could point to concern about what some people might say about the Lenormand being used with a Tarot spread, and breaking with the traditional spreads typically used with Lenormand. The idea here might be those who would say, “If you’re going to read the Lenormand in a Tarot spread, why not just use Tarot?”
House, in the next position up, which I read as guidance or advice, answers this question by saying to do what I feel comfortable doing.
With regard to the Celtic Cross, House says there’s a foundation here, as I’ve been using the Celtic Cross layout for so many years.
The final card, in the position of the probable or most likely outcome, is Cross. Given that Lenormand can be quite literal, I took this to represent the Celtic Cross itself; in that context, I thought it was cool to have it appear.
The pair could also suggest that using the Lenormand with the Celtic Cross could become necessary and critical (Cross) to my spiritual journey (Ship + Cross), especially if you consider Cross a card of karma or fate.
The Essence of the Timeline
While I paired up the cards in a number of ways, I used the cards in the past (Mice), present (Fish), future (Ship) and outcome (Cross) to form a timeline, much like the Essence Line in a 8 x 4 + 4 Grand Tableau.
Here’s my summation of the cards: Initial worry (Mice) gradually declines (Mice) as the flow (Fish) deepens (Fish) and progresses (Ship); a deeper (Fish) exploration (Ship) of the Celtic Cross (Cross) becomes critical (Cross) and necessary (Cross), as part of the spiritual journey (Ship + Cross).
Looks like I’ll be trying this again…