Have you ever wondered what your purpose is here on Earth? Or wondered what you’re supposed to learn while you are here? Looking at your tarot birth cards can help you to figure out what your soul’s purpose is in this incarnation.
In tarot, you have multiple cards that represent you, collectively called your birth cards. They tell you about your identity, your inner psyche and your journey in this life. Your birth cards can be broken down into 3 different cards: Personality Card, Soul Card, and Shadow Card.
Your Personality Card tells you what you are here to learn in this lifetime.
The Soul Card tells you your soul purpose throughout all lifetimes.
Sometimes these cards can be the same card. That means that you are learning the lessons in this lifetime that you are meant to learn throughout your souls journey.
The third card that I think helps us understand who we are is our Shadow Card.
Our shadow card shows us the parts of ourselves that we fear, reject, or don’t see. It is sometimes called your Shadow Card. This is similar to a shadow card in a tarot reading, except this card is representative for you, based on your birth date, not just for the reading.
So how do you find these tarot birth cards and what do they mean?
I’m glad you asked.
First, you need your birth date. Then you break it down. For my examples I chose 2 dates, one is my birth date and the other is a random date chosen after the year 2000.
Take your birth date and add the month, the day and the year together. Add the single digits of the sum together until you receive a number that is less than 22.
The first number you receive that is less than 22 is your Personality Card.
If you can reduce again, do so until you receive a single digit number.
The single digit number you receive is your Soul Card.
If you received a single digit number after the first sum, like I did in Example #1, then your Personality and Soul Cards are the same.
Sum Total: 2021
Add the single Digits: 2+0+2+1= 5
Your Personality Card is 5.
Your Soul Card is 5.
Example # 2:
Sum Total: 2044
Add the single Digits: 2+0+4+4= 10
Your Personality Card is 10.
Add to get a single digit: 1+0=1
Your Soul Card is 1.
Your First Birth Cards
The first two cards that you have found are your Personality card and your Soul card. You can check the table below for more information on these cards, or better yet, check your personal tarot journal.
Each set of tarot birth cards typically comes in 3, including a personality, soul and shadow card. Now that you have your personality and soul cards, it’s time to find your shadow card.
How to Find Your Shadow Card
Finding your shadow card can be a little confusing, so below is a chart that includes your shadow card for each set of Personality and Soul Cards that you can have. Your shadow card is one or two of the cards in your tarot pattern that does not match your Personality or Soul Card.
For example: If your Personality Card is 10 and your Soul Card is 1. There is one more card in a typical tarot deck that card break down to a single digit of one.. the Sun, Key 19 (1+9=10=1+0=1).
|Personality + Soul||Shadow Card||Minor||Pattern||Theme|
|1-1 10-1 19-10-1||10 & 19 19 10||1s||Magician||Initiation and Manifestation|
|2-2 11-2 20-2||11 & 20 20 11||2s||High Priestess||Balance through Intuitive Awareness|
|3-3 12-3 21-3||12 & 21 21 12||3s||Empress||Creative Imagination and Viewpoints|
|4-4 13-4 22-4||13 & 22 22 13||4s||Emperor||Control through Transformation|
|5-5 14-5||14||5s||Hierophant||Pursuit of Knowledge through Teaching|
|6-6 15-6||15||6s||Lovers||Choices and Addictions|
|7-7 16-7||16||7s||Chariot||Mastery through Change|
|8-8 17-8||17||8s||Strength||Inspired Leadership|
|9-9 18-9||18||9s||Hermit||Truth Seeking and Path Finding|
Tarot Birth Cards in the Minor Arcana Cards
When you look at your personality card, your soul card, and your shadow card, you realize that all of the cards have a single digit in common.. that single prime number. That number can also relate to the minor arcana cards throughout the deck.
So in addition to the major arcana cards that tell you your personality and your soul purpose, you have the minor arcana cards which can tell you some of the challenges that you may face in your lifetime.
Take a look at each minor arcana card separately and see what it has to tell you.
Now that you have found all of the cards that tell you a little more about who you are, take them all out and lay them out in front of you.
Do you notice any patterns?
What card are you most drawn to?
Does the card mean something to you other the typical meaning?
Use these cards in your mediation practice to really get to know the cards and see what they’re trying to tell you.