Reveal Your Inner Self with Tarot Birth Cards

by Brigit on September 28, 2011 in Everyday Tarot

Most of us know our astrological birth sign, but do you know that you also have a Tarot Birth Card?

Created from the numbers in your birth date, Tarot Birth Cards reveal our innermost self and our personal identity that remains constant throughout our lifetime. Birth Cards also signify our potential in this lifetime and the qualities we can draw upon in order to fulfil our spiritual mission. They show you the strengths, challenges and key themes of an entire lifetime, with great accuracy and depth.

How to Calculate Your Tarot Birth Cards

There are a number of methods for calculating your Tarot Birth Cards, each resulting in a potentially different set of Birth Cards.

Method 1 – Calculating One Birth Card

Add each number in your birthdate. For example, if your birthday is April 7, 1969, you will add 7 + 4 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 9 = 36. Any number higher than 21 must be reduced further by adding the two digits together (e.g. 3 + 6 = 9). So, for this example, the Birth Card is card number 9 – the Hermit.

Method 2 – Calculating Two Birth Cards

This method is used by the Tarot School. To determine your Birth Cards, add the numbers in your birth date – i.e. DD + MM + 19 + YY. (For people born from 2000, use 20 instead of 19.) For example, if your birthday is April 7, 1969, you will add 7 + 4 + 19 + 69 = 99

Then add those 2 digits. For example, 9 +9 = 18. This gives us the first Birth Card – the Moon (card number 18). Then, reduce this down to one number for the second Birth Card (e.g. 1 + 8 =9) – the Hermit (card number 9).

If the birthday adds up to a three-digit number (e.g. 27 + 4 + 19 + 79 = 129), the first two digits are considered as one number (e.g. 12) and are added to the third digit (e.g. 12 + 9 = 21).

The first Birth Card in this case is the World. The second Birth Card is the Hermit (2 + 1).

The Tarot School provide an online Birth Card calculator to do all the hard work for you!

Method 3 – Calculating a Personality and Soul Card

This method is used by Mary Greer. Instead of Birth Cards, she refers to the pairs as Personality Cards and Soul Cards. Personality Cards represent what we have entered this lifetime to learn, while Soul Cards represent what our sole purpose is across multiple lifetimes.

To determine your Personality card, add together the day, month and year of your birthdate. For example, if your birthday is April 7, 1969, you will add 7 + 4 + 1969 = 1980. Then, add the digits – 1 + 9 + 8 + 0 = 18. Therefore the Personality card is the Moon.

The Soul card is then created by adding together the digits of the Personality card. For example, 1 + 8 = 9 (the Hermit). If the Personality card is a single digit, the Soul and Personality cards are the same.

How to Interpret Your Birth Cards

Once you have calculated your Birth Cards, you can then begin to interpret them and understand what role they have in your life.

Take your Birth Cards out of your deck and study them. Ask yourself:

  • What do I need to learn from this card?
  • What symbols, colours, pictures, features or stories am I drawn to?
  • How can I face the challenges shown in this card?
  • How can I make the most of the opportunities shown in this card?
  • How can I tap into the deeper qualities and talents of this card?

You may even want to sleep with the card under your pillow and take note of any dreams you have. Or, pop the card in your handbag or wallet and glance at it throughout the day to see what else comes to you.

Consult with Tarot card meanings books, too, to understand the traditional meanings of your Birth Cards.

Further Reading on Birth Cards

Two excellent books specifically on Birth Cards have just been released:

Tarot Birth CardsWho Are You in the Tarot?: Discover Your Birth and Year Cards and Uncover Your Destiny by Mary Greer. This book includes detailed instructions, charts, and exercises on how to determine your soul and personality cards, how to determine your year card and name card, and journaling and exploratory exercises.


Tarot-Birth-CardsTarot, Birth Cards, and You: Keys to Empowering Yourself by Bonnie Cehovet. This book employs a Birth Card system that forms a frame of reference for opportunities and challenges you will face during your life span. Using the archetypal imagery of the Tarot, the book provides affirmations that allow individuals to become co-creators in their own lives, to define what they want to manifest, and to then successfully manifest it.

Bonnie is also writing an excellent series of blog posts on the Birth Card pairs. Visit Bonnie’s blog to find out more about these Tarot Birth Card Pairs and what they mean for you.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Aphrodisiastes September 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

Biddy, Bonnie and Tarot Birth Cards. What a delight! 🙂


Aphrodisiastes September 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

And Mary K. Greer too, wonderful lady! 🙂


Joanna October 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

Fascinating, but in method 3 how do you determine your personality card if your number is over 21?


Brigit October 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

Add those two numbers together again to get a number lower than 21. Hope that helps!


Manashi April 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

This is really an eye -opener. I am new to Tarot card reading . I find it very fascinating.
Though the challenge remains …how much you can read & remember at the end of the day. I will try my best , but need a lot of help from you. Thanking you in anticipation.


Trine May 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I got the same card (the Empress) as Birth Card, Personality Card and Soul Card in addition to the World as my first card in method #2. I guess she’s really predominant in me…!!


Brigit May 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Wow! Well, you had better pay attention to her!


Titania September 5, 2013 at 1:18 am

Mine was dominant no 5 in every method hierophant card and I can relate to it very much, it’s supposed to be related to Taurus , also temperance card on 2 birth cards , strangest thing is that brings unknown and rebirth into our life, very interesting


Sarah December 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

I got The Wheel of Fortune and the Magician!


Dawn April 11, 2015 at 8:16 am

I was wondering do other people’s soul cards matter in a reading? Say if my mother’s soul card shows up in a reading for myself does this mean something?


Brigit April 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm

It may do – listen in to your intuition to see if it is meaningful for you in this way.


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