is my adaptation of the Celtic Cross spread.
The cross card, #2, has for its bottom whichever way the
significator is facing (when using reversals). After laying the
central cards, I then go to beneath, then crown. My determination for
behind and before depends on which way the main figure in the
significator is facing. This page loads with the layout for a sig
facing to the right of the card. Click the buttons on the top of the
page to change the configuration.
For me, the positions are like extensions of the sig, reflecting
1) situation--where you're at, heart of the matter
2) cross--hurdle or bridge, or what holds the situation in
3) beneath--where you stand (or sit) (root, unconscious)
4) crown--where your head's at (conscious)--thoughts or
5) behind--receding influence, or something to move away
6) before--what you're facing, or something to move toward
So the vertical is, IMO, all about you, whereas the horizontal can
be internal or external factors . . . as can the next two cards. And
I think positions 7 and 8, more than any other, depend on previous
7) self--in reality or presentation, personality
8) extern--some say that this can be either outside
influences, or how you appear to others. Of course, how others
perceive you affects how they interact with you, so that would
actually be a "sub-influence."
9) intern--deep-down, still, small voice (a.k.a.
"conscience"); guidance or "push"
10) outcome--can't say it any better than that
With this adaptation, it makes it really interesting to see how
the cards interact, i.e. how the extern affects where you stand, or
how "personality" and "where your head's at" leads into the outcome,
Joan Bunning has a great section on
Cross and its positions on her web site.
(Btw, I created this spread, so if you publish it somewhere,
please be considerate enough to include this URL. Thanks.)