The Page of Swords is a great talker. Upright, he is enthusiastic, curious and eager to learn. Reversed, however, he is often full of hot air. Be careful trusting everything that the reversed Page of Swords has to say to you. It isn't that he is trying to deceive or trick you, it's just that he is prone to making lots of promises he cannot keep. He speaks before he thinks, so he hasn't had the opportunity to map out in his own mind exactly how he will make his promises come to fruition.
So this week, watch out for the Page of Swords reversed in your life. If you find someone making you big promises about what's possible, check out the details. Can this person really follow through or are they simply full of hot air?
Tarot Reading Tip - How to Read The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread (Part 2)
Last week we looked at the layout of the Celtic Cross in depth. This week, we go even deeper and understand the inter-relationships between those positions in this popular spread. This is where it gets interesting!!
Understanding the Inter-Relationships of the Celtic Cross
First, let's imagine the Celtic Cross split into two main sections - the Circle/Cross section on the left (Cards 1 to 6) and the Staff section on the right (Cards 7 to 10).
The Circle/Cross shows what is going on in the client's life at the time of the reading. This section is made up of two crosses - a central one (Cards 1 and 2) nested within a larger cross (Cards 3 to 6). The smaller cross represents the heart of the matter - what is most central to the client at the time of the reading. The larger cross consists of two lines that overlay the smaller cross. The horizontal line (Cards 1, 3 and 4)) shows time moving from the past on the left into the future on the right. The vertical line (Cards 1, 5 and 6) is the client's consciousness moving from unconscious on the bottom to conscious mind on the top. Together these six cards give a snapshot of the inner and outer environment at the time of a reading.
The Staff section shows the relationship between the client and the environment in which they operate, and can provide a better indication of what is happening in the broader context.
Second, start to look at the various combinations of cards to build a 'story':
Compare the Above and Below cards (Cards 5 and 6). Is there a synergy between the conscious and the subconscious levels? Is there alignment between what is driving the client and what the client aspires to? If there is alignment, great - it will be a lot easier to resolve the issue. If not, then assist the client in understanding what is happening at the subconscious level and how this may be impacting their response to the issue.
Compare the Above and Outcome cards (Cards 5 and 10). Again, is there alignment between what the client wants to happen and what will happen? Is the client helping or hindering the situation? If you find that Cards 5 and 10 are opposing, then the client will need to think carefully about how to create the outcomes they want. Look to the Advice card (Card 7) for more guidance.
Compare the Future and Outcomes cards (Cards 4 and 10). How are the events of the near future contributing or influencing the overall outcome? Will the client need to manage these events in a particular way to create the right outcomes? Again, refer to the Advice card (Card 7) for more detail.
Compare the Below and Hopes/Fears cards (Cards 6 and 9). If you are finding it difficult to interpret the Hopes/Fears, have a look at what is happening at the subconscious level within the client (Card 6). Is there something in their subconscious realm that is creating fear or hope? If you see reversed cards in these positions, then it is likely the client is not yet aware of their subconscious drivers and how this is impacting them in the 'real world'.
Compare the Advice and Outcome cards (Cards 7 and 10). The client doesn't like the outcome? Well, take a look at the Advice card to see what actions the client can take to create a more positive outcome. Also take into consideration what events are likely to occur in the near future (Card 4) so that the client can manage these effectively.
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