Though the fortune telling aspect of tarot may seem extremely complex, in reality
it is a very simple process of interpreting cards and associating them with their
given meanings. In essence, there are no strict rules or doctrines that interpreters
must follow when conducting a tarot reading. However, there are guidelines that are
generally accepted by professional interpreters. A tarot reading has its foundation
in the question that is asked. Different questions can be asked and interpreted in
different ways depending on the reader. However, when considering asking questions,
the wording of the question proves to be extremely influential. Because the wording
may have a profound effect on the interpretation, it is essential for the interpreter
to clarify and completely understand the question that is asked by each client. Once
the interpreter has fully comprehended what question is being asked, he or she can then
use the tarot cards and draw a conclusion. Usually this happens when the questioner
selects different cards to be used in the reading. Once the cards are chosen, the
interpreter then interprets the individual cards and rearranges the messages into a
coherent conclusion/answer to the initial question.
For the purpose of this guide, we will be explaining how to conduct tarot readings
according to the Celtic cross spread.
The tarot interpreter asks the client to ask a question. These questions can be
in any format and it is up to the tarot reader to determine how he will interpret the
cards once they are laid out onto the spread.
The tarot interpreter must start shuffling the tarot deck. The client is told to
tell the tarot interpreter when to stop shuffling.
The tarot interpreter spreads the cards out on the table and asks the client to
choose ten cards of his or her choice and order them in any manner (the order is
significant), during the process, the client is not allowed to look at the cards
and must keep them face down.
The client gives the cards back to the interpreter and then the interpreter
lays the cards out (starting from the top) in the special positions for the celtic
After the cards are laid out in the celtic cross spread, the first 6 cards are
overturned and interpreted to the client
The “staff?portion of the celtic cross spread is turned over when the circle
spread is finished
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