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
We each have two (and occasionally three) Tarot Birth Cards, based on the date of our birth, which can be calculated by a number of methods.
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
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 Empress (2 + 1 = 3).
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. This process can be both personal and based around trusted Tarot card meaning.
For the personal approach, 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.
If you want to get a sense of the essential meaning of your Tarot birth card, take a look at the short guide I’ve written for you below.
Wheel of Fortune (10) & Magician (1)
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This is your mantra with the Tarot Birth Card combination! You can take any situation that life throws at you and turn it into something that benefits you and others. You see yourself as the creator of your destiny, rather than being at the mercy of your fate, and with this mindset, you can achieve your greatest dreams and desires.
Your gift is your ability to manifest and attract good fortune.
Justice (11) & High Priestess (2)
You are a seeker of truth. You are talented at weighing up a situation and seeing it for what it truly is. You are not bound by rules 100% of the time – instead you have this innate ability to see through the veil and determine what is really going on. You are an intuitive decision-maker, guided by your gut feeling when dealing with challenging situations. You can easily ‘read’ a situation without having all of the information at hand.
Hanged Man (12) & Empress (3)
You are a soulful creative with this Tarot Birth Card combination. You have the gift of creative expression and you do so by taking a step back and seeing the world from a different angle. You may be more passive and contemplative by nature, but it allows you to open up to new experiences and new perspectives that others do not see. This allows your creativity to blossom and come forth in new and exciting ways.
As an artist, your art comes from a soulful, spiritual place.
Death (13) & Emperor (4)
You are a change agent, here to restructure the world around you. You have clear
insight into when a situation or way of operating no longer serves you or the greater society, and you are not afraid to implement sweeping changes in order to set a new path. You are here to rebuild and lay down the foundations for something new to emerge. And you step into a position of leadership when it is needed, so as to advocate the change that is in place.
Temperance (14) & Hierophant (5)
You are here to bring about balance – balance between freedom (Temperance) and structure (Hierophant). You acknowledge the importance of setting a framework to guide your thinking and your actions, but you also have a talent for flowing in and out of that framework, depending on the situation. You are flexible and adaptable, but also respectful of tradition and convention.
Your gift is to be able to share this balance with those around you, by taking conventional wisdom and showing others how to integrate it into their lives. You may be a teacher, a spiritual guide, a life coach or a mentor.
Devil (15) & Lovers (6)
You are here to love – to give love, to receive love, to make love. You are guided by a deep love for the Universe but you also need to be careful that this love does not turn into desire or lust.
You are deeply passionate and can direct that passion for the greater good of society when you apply your highest morals and values to your decision-making. You dance the fine line between freedom and boundaries, and make the best decisions when you are acting from a place of inner truth and Universal love.
Tower (16) & Chariot (7)
You are a mover and a shaker! You’re here on this earth to challenge the status quo, to shake things up and to tear down the barriers and obstacles that get in our way. You are known for speaking your mind and being incredibly determined and forthright. Nothing will stop you on your path!
You have no fear and you continually rise to the challenge, even when many others would quit. You are a game changer and a force to be reckoned with.
Star (17) & Strength (8)
You’re here to shine your bright light in this world and create a sense of hope, faith and strength not just for yourself but others. You are travelling on your own soul’s journey but you are also inspiring others to find their path. With this Tarot Birth Card pair, you are a healer and a source of light for many people.
Your personality is optimistic and hopeful. You have complete trust in the Universe, knowing that you are being guided along your path. You come from a place of deep inner strength that is fortified by the strength of your belief and your faith.
Moon (18) & Hermit (9)
You have a natural talent and ability to see ‘through’ things. Your focus is not on what is directly in front of you, but what is going on behind the scenes. You are interested in the subconscious mind, the intuition, and all that is hidden and unseen. And you have a deep desire to uncover your spiritual path and do so through meditation, spiritual journeying, visualization and so on.
You may be a recluse and prefer to withdraw from the world around you so that you can focus your attention on your spiritual path and inner knowledge. You stand in the shadows so you can observe from afar, taking in all that is unseen.
Sun (19), Wheel of Fortune (10) & Magician (1)
You are an eternal optimist and a master of manifestation. You see the good in all things and find positivity and fun in all aspects of your life. You have a talent for turning your situation around so that it truly works for you, no matter what the Universe has thrown your way.
You may be guided towards the Law of Attraction and the art of manifesting your dreams. And you are particularly successful in creating your desired future!
Judgement (20) & High Priestess (2)
With this Tarot Birth Card combination, you may feel at times as if you are not ‘of this world’. You lie somewhere between the spirit world and the earthly world, floating between the veil of consciousness throughout your lifetime. You may feel called to the Spirit world, communicating with those who have passed or being guided by your Spirit Guides. You are an intuitive being.
World (21) & Empress (3)
You have a gift to share – allow it to come forth and ‘birth’ it into this world. By doing so, you will help many, many people around the world who will benefit from your gifts. You are here to help others create and achieve amazing things in their lives.
Your personality is holistic, abundant, creative and expressive. You are in your element when you are creating!
Fool (22) & Emperor (4)
You have a joyous spirit, a great sense of humor and can see the folly in life. You’re a born leader, though don’t take yourself too seriously. You are here to teach others how by being a role model. You can combine logic with intuition to have inspired actions that create successful results. With a keen intuition you have the patience, determination and discipline to make things happen. Your success will also benefit others, and that’s important to you!