Lesson 15 – Numbers

A little break from the Major cards today.  I wanted to share a practice I’ve found helpful over the past few years and thought you might too.  This is a way of linking tarot with a little basic numerology work.


Exercise 15.

For this lesson you will need:

  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Your deck

Ready to start?  You’re going to calculate your birth card(s) and also your personal year card for this year (currently 2019).  These are cards taken from the Major Arcana that have a particular “magic” and relevance in your life.


Birth card to start with:

Write out your date of birth (I’m using the U.K. format but it will work in any order 😉

For instance for me that’s 13.02.1973

Now I add up all those digits: 1 + 3 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 3 = 26

Then I add those two digits = 8

This means that my birth card is number eight in the Major Arcana which for me is Strength.  This card has particular resonance for me as a “theme” for life, and the ongoing lesson of strength from within as opposed to strength in the external sense.

For this exercise The Fool is card number 22.

If you end up with a number that is between 11 and 22, you will have two cards (bonus!).

For instance if your birth date adds to 16 you would have The Tower and also The Chariot (1 + 6 = 7).

Now take some time to work out your birth card/s.  Sit with this. Does it resonate?  You might want to jot down any initial thoughts in your journal…as always take what’s helpful. And if you want to forget all the sums and pick a card for yourself which you connect with go for it!


Your personal year card is worked out in a similar way.  For me this year it is The Moon

(1 + 3 + 2 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 9 = 18) and I decided to stick with this number rather than reduce it further (though The Moon and The Hermit do have a fair bit of connection…)

I hope you find this helpful, enjoyable and enlightening.


Feel free to come and share your cards and what they mean and any questions in the group.

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