Reveal Your Inner Self with Tarot Birth Cards

By September 28, 2011Everyday 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.

Sample Combinations

Wheel of Fortune (10) & Magician (1)

With this combination, you know how to to turn any situation into something that benefits you and others. You are excellent at making lemonade out of lemons.

Justice (11) & High Priestess (2)

You are intuitive and you seek out truth. You can easily read a situation and know how to see it for what it is.

Hanged Man (12) & Empress (3)

You are gifted with creative expression, and the ability to see the world from a different angle. You are soulful and contemplative.

Death (13) & Emperor (4)

You are a change-maker and you are apt to setting sweeping change in motion when a new path is needed.

Temperance (14) & Hierophant (5)

Your role is balance. You know the importance of structure, but you are flexible and adaptable.

Devil (15) & Lovers (6)

You are passionate and here to give and receive love. You dance between freedom and boundaries.

Tower (16) & Chariot (7)

You’ve never known how to not challenge the status quo, have you? You shake things up and tear down what gets in your way.

Star (17) & Strength (8)

Your role is to shine a bright light in the world. You travel your own journey and inspire others to find their path.

Moon (18) & Hermit (9)

You have an innate ability to see what is happening behind-the-scenes. You have a deep desire to uncover your spiritual path.

Sun (19), Wheel of Fortune (10) & Magician (1)

You are a Master Manifestor. An eternal optimist, you know how to turn any situation around to work for you.

Judgement (20) & High Priestess (2)

With this combination, you are highly intuitive and often feel you are “not of this world”.

World (21) & Empress (3)

You are creative and expressive with many gifts to share. Your role is to allow your gifts to come forth to serve others.

Fool (22) & Emperor (4)

You have a great sense of humor. Combining logic and intuition helps you take inspired actions.

Further Reading on Birth Cards

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.

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  • Aphrodisiastes says:

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

  • Aphrodisiastes says:

    And Mary K. Greer too, wonderful lady! 🙂

  • Joanna says:

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

  • Manashi says:

    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 says:

    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…!!

  • Titania says:

    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 says:

    I got The Wheel of Fortune and the Magician!

  • Dawn says:

    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?

  • Sheryl says:

    I’m a bit confused in the example: The first Birth Card in this case is the World. The second Birth Card is the Hermit (2 + 1). Isn’t a three The Empress?


  • Fabiane says:

    I got a lot of different cards and that got me confused.
    My birthday is oct 24, 1984.
    – In method 1, my card is 11 (Justice or Strength, depending on the Tarot. I use the RWS, but I relate way more with the Strength)
    – Method 2: 20-2 (Judgement and High Priestess)
    – Method 3: Personality 11 (Justice or Strength)
    Soul 2 (High Priestess)

    So I can have 4 different birth cards!

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