Wednesday, 17 February 2016

A Celtic Cross Reading

Germany is the home of the Lenormand deck, the place where it was created by Johann Kaspar Hechtel, as well as being connected to the Austro-Hungarian court where it's precursor (the Coffee Grounds cards) were developed.  And there is a long tradition of reading with these cards there, as well as a huge number of books on the subject.  Interestingly, almost all of the general Lenormand books in German feature the Celtic Cross spread.  So, this week, that's what I'm going to do!

I asked about a new direction I'm exploring at work, and drew the following cards:

Central cross - Clover/Letter

This new opportunity requires some clarification.  It may well bring a little happiness, and journalling will help bring clarity around how to make the most of its possibilities.

Underlying - Meadow (Garden)

The driving force underlying this new move is related to my community - very true.  This will help me connect more deeply with my tribe.

Past - Woman

This is something I've been intuitively approaching for a while, but without taking it out of the personal arena.

Higher Self - Clouds

There is a degree of uncertainty around this work - and I will need to figure out how to deal with that if I want to move forward with this.  I know what this is about: how do I really feel about this area?  I flip-flop a bit around this - not sure what I believe, but knowing what works, whether I believe in it or not.  And how can I best explain it to others when I feel uncertain myself?

Near Future - House

Looks like the journalling will really work to help me feel comfortable and stable with this.

Self - Flowers

One of the things I love about this area is how creative it is, how it allows me to express a part of myself that other elements of my work don't, or not in the same way.  Doing this would be a gift I give myself.

Environment - Heart

This may be better received by those around me than I expect.  People feel when you put your heart into something.  This also reminds me that this work can bring up a lot of emotions in people, so I'd better be prepared for that - packet of tissues, anyone?

Hopes and Fears - Bear

I hope that this will bring me a greater sense of strength and independence.  I fear that I do not have all the resources that I need for this endeavour, yet.  Once again, journalling can help me clarify what I have and what I need to move forward.

Potential Outcome - Anchor

Looks like this could become a regular part of my work, a mainstay even that grounds and supports me!

Another thing you can do with the Celtic Cross is to take different parts and read them together.  For example, the Past, Central Cross, Near Future and Potential Outcome form a progression in time, and can be read as a line of five - Woman, Clover, Letter, House, Anchor.   Serendipitous intuition and happy journalling create a tangible sense of security at work, which does require some effort to achieve.

Equally, the upright column of the Celtic Cross can be read as another line - Flowers, Heart, Bear, Anchor.  Bringing creativity to an emotional environment requires strength and resources to work well.

I'd love to hear if you give this a go!


  1. Hi Chloe, needless I have your beautiful Celtic Lenormand! You are so lucky to be able to read German books about Lenormand I feel I'm missing a lot by not being able to do so. I always thought that Lenormand was not to be used with the Celtic Cross, not very traditionnel but it must be if you saw this in German books. The Celtic Cross spread appeals to me and I was wondering if I could use it with Lenormand for questions about work and relationship. Would I use the same categories than yours or should I use different one. I've never used the CC before. Hope you can point me to the right direction. Thank you.

    1. Hi there :) Glad you love the Celtic Lenormand!
      As for your question, normally the positions of the Celtic Cross are the same, no matter what kind of question you are asking. You simply interpret them in the light of your question.
      For example, if you asked about work, then the Environment card represents your work environment, or environmental factors affecting your job. So, if you had the Flowers card in that position, it might suggest it was a very diplomatic environment to work in, or a creative one that is pleasant to be in. If you had the Flowers card come up in the Self position, it would sugggest that you are someone who has a strong ability to communicate in ways others can listen to, and that you are highly creative at work, or should be :)
      Hope that helps!

    2. Thank you very much for your help Chloe I;m now going to practice with it.

    3. Good luck, and hope you have lots of great readings :)


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