The Depth in Simplicity Tarot Spread

After reading about various ways to make the most of the celtic cross spread, and watching some videos, I came up with what I thought was a highly original and innovative way to deconstruct the good old celtic cross, and set about making it my mission to make it work.

It turns out that Vincent Pritisci had already done it. Some of the positions in his version didn’t work particularly well for me in practice, so I’ve fiddled about, changed a couple of positions around, re-allocated one of those positions and added another card.

Nothing in this world is new I guess, but I’m enjoying using this spread, its simplicity of layout and reading gives a lot of room for intuition, and also for client collaboration – the person being read for can see how the layout works and is therefore free to give their own insights, see things in the cards that are pertinent, and go home with a train of thought and insights that are easier to remember than a confusing jumping around of information.

See if you like it as much as I do.

the depth in simplicity spread

Card positions 1 & 2 are the heart of the issue.

Card position 3 is what the client thinks the heart of the issue is

  • Does what the client thinks the issue is match what the issue is? Are they missing the wood for the trees?

Card position 4 is what the client is doing right now in response to their view on the issue in order to reach

Card position 5 which is their short term goal – the interim step to reaching

Card position 6 which is the long term goal

  • Positions 4, 5, and 6 may be helpful, they may not – but it’s useful for the client to see this one way or the other.

Card position 7 is a strength/skill/asset that the client has, that they can take advantage of in dealing with the issue, this can also be a challenge or weakness.

Card Position 8 is an opportunity that is likely to present itself to the client in the near future. This can also be an obstacle or technical hitch. If card position 7 proves to be a problematic one, this position can help shed light on how to maximise chances of making the best of it or improving on it.

Card position 9 is what the client needs to know before grabbing that opportunity and acting upon it, or getting over the hurdle outlined in card position 8.

Card position 10 is the predicted outcome of the situation if things carry on as they are now.

Card position 11 is the predicted outcome if the skills and opportunities outlined in the spread are acted upon.

  • Because there are alternative outcomes, there can be a comparison between the choices available for the client with regards to the issue – 10 – If you do this, 11 – if you do that.

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