A little numerology: Find your tarot birth card!

[First published on Autostraddle]

Many tarotists use numerology to complement their tarot reading.

I’m gonna come out right now and tell you that I’m not one of them, but I do think it’s fun to find out what your tarot birth card is! This as simple as working out your numerological ‘life path number’, and checking out the corresponding tarot card.

Sorry, what’s numerology?

Good point. Essentially, its the study of the symbolism, science and resonance of numbers. According to numerology, every person has a unique set of numbers assigned to them when they are born. These are derived chiefly from your name and your date of birth.

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This intriguing numerology/tarot chart will not be explained in this article. Via livechennai.com

These numbers are used by numerologists to determine things about your life and character. Your behaviour, your strengths and weaknesses, what you like and dislike, how you interact. Furthermore, many numerologists believe that by looking at your numbers, they can predict key events in your life and opportunities that may arise along the path.

The basic principle is that every number has a vibrational frequency, which means it’s emitting energy. Your birth numbers vibrate at particular frequencies, so theoretically you, too, are emitting energy at these frequencies. This has the power to influence the world around you, what you attract into your life, your relationships with others and how you move through the world.

If you’re interested in learning more about numerology, I’d start with numerology.com, or if you’d like to take things further, tarot reader Joanna Ash runs a one-to-one online course – contact her directly to find out more.

Now for the tarot bit – finding your birth card!

First, you need your life path number. To get this, add up all the digits in your birthday. My birthday is 22nd January 1982 – or, in numbers, 22.01.1982.

So the sum would be: 2 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 2 = 25.

You’re aiming for a single digit number, so if yours is above 9, you then ‘reduce’ this number by adding the two together. Keep reducing til you get a single digit. In my case, 2 + 5 = 7.

Seven is my life path number!

Now, find the corresponding card from the major arcana. In my case, card seven is The Chariot. So what does that say about me? Well, that’s incredibly personal. To me, it suggests I’m driven, focused, in constant motion. It’s true – I have a tendency to go at life full-pelt, sometimes a little too fast. On the downside, I can be very blinkered, not always seeing the full picture as I gallop towards my goal.

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Yee-ha.

Obviously you can’t sum up (literally) an entire person in this way. You are not your birth card, your life path number, your star sign or anything else you can figure out by adding up numbers on a website!

But sometimes it’s nice to have symbols, words, cards – anything at all – to hold onto, to help make sense of what we are doing and why. When I think about The Chariot and how it might influence my life, it helps me to remember not to be so blinkered. And when I feel stuck, I can think ‘hang on Beth, be the bloody Chariot!’, and draw down a bit of that forward-moving energy to help me get up and attem.

Over to you!

I’m all about you finding your own interpretations to the tarot cards, so I’m not going to provide you with a long, rambling description of what each card means (though you can look up cards here if you’re interested in my take.)

Instead here’s a quick reference guide to the nine possible cards with a few really basic ideas to get you started. Feel free to totally ignore my suggestions and come up with your own!

1. The Magician – resourceful, pro-active… someone who really knows how to make shit happen.
2. The High Priestess – a deeply intuitive and creative person, someone with psychic tendencies. Secretive and mysterious.
3. The Empress – someone who likes the finer things in life, a posh hippy, an earth-mama, a nurturer, a gardener.
4. The Emperor – a person who likes structure, who is a natural leader, who is strong, protective and resilient
5. The Hierophant – a teacher, someone in touch with their roots and their history and ancestry. A guide, a mentor, a counsellor, a pillar of the community.
6. The Lovers – a loving, caring person who sees more than one side to every story and who works hard to make good choices in life.
7. The Chariot – someone who moves fast, who has great focus and energy for their projects, who doesn’t let stuff stand in their way, who knows how to harness
8. This varies according to your tarot deck! Sometimes this is Justice – a clear thinker with a strong sense of right and wrong. Or it might be Strength – someone with a strong heart, who always tries to act from a really loving place.
9. The Hermit – a thoughtful, reflective person who takes the time to listen to their inner wisdom. Again, a teacher or a mentor.

The inevitable love match

Once you’ve figured out your own card, naturally it’s time to decide if your relationships are worth pursuing or if you should just break the hell up right now. Got a partner or three? Work out their birth cards and see how they fit with yours! Or do the same with your bestie. So much fun.

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I tried this out with my boat-dwelling neighbours Kelly and Claire. Well actually I just told them I was gonna make them famous on Autostraddle and didn’t mention that I would be providing an in-depth and highly accurate analysis of their relationship.

Kelly’s card is The Magician and Claire’s is The Hierophant. I’ve concluded that this means Claire is totally frustrated by the way that Kelly just wants to DO FUN STUFF all the time, when she’d rather be discussing social history over a goblet of holy wine. But Claire helps Kelly to always be true to herself, whilst Kelly keeps Claire’s feet on the ground when she’s getting all theoretical. Sex-wise, I’m guessing it’s a hot hot mix of the good old, with plenty experimental stuff too.

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So, dear reader, let’s hear it! What’s your tarot birth card? And what does it say about you? Let us know in the comments, or post a photo of you with your card!

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61 comments

    • Jane says:

      Ok – so I am number 9 – The Hermit. In Morgan Greer deck (the one I am using atm) he is balancing on a narrow strip of rock. Oh how that feels like me!! Political correctness at work and adhering to policies and procedures while still having a heart – am I the only one?
      My husband Is Strength (no 8). So very, very apt. He is my rock, the one I cling too!

  1. Claire says:

    The Emperor. I like to think this means I get to be my own boss in all things!

    I’ll admit I was not thrilled when I first saw this result (about a year ago). But it has helped me connect with the card and think about it in new ways.

  2. Tabby
    Tabby says:

    I am a Magician and my partner is The Hierophant like Claire and Kelly. I’m definitely someone who makes things happen and Jess is such a natural teacher. :)

  3. SatMiter says:

    You born in ’82 as well! I’m a Magician and my husband is the Empress :)
    But by what it says in your reference guide I’d say we need to swap – posh hippie sounds more like me and the one to make things happen sounds like my hubby.

  4. saricchiella says:

    I first did this exercise while reading “Tarot constellations”, by Mary K. Greer, and it was quite an eye opener. I am an Emperor, and I wasn’t very convinced by it… until I dug deeper into the meaning of the card: the one that enjoys conquering and drawing the maps, but also gets easily bored when the rules are already set, and wants to go conquer new lands. That I can work with.

    My man is the Lovers, and rightly so: he’s a huge socializer!

    • Beth
      Beth says:

      Isn’t it interesting what the card reveals? Personally I believe we can find elements of each of the possible birth cards within ourselves, but I love how this exercise focuses us on the qualities of one specific card.

      Also, I must read that book! Thanks for the tip :D

  5. hanhanfish says:

    My deck tells me that my 8 is Strength (but other websites have been telling me that the Star is also a birth card for me). I feel that the tension between optimism/relaxation and vigilance/worrying along with a general desire to do good is a pretty accurate description of my inner battle. :)

    Thanks for this post. The ATC is a great journey already.

  6. I’m generally not particularly into numerology, but this is pretty fascinating. If I add the numbers for the actual day I was born, I get 35, so 3+5, which is 8…and I have one deck in which this is Justice, and one where it’s Strength, and I don’t know which I’d pick, because both of those are fairly relatable cards for me. However, if I add the numbers of the day I chose my name and took that first step toward living fully as myself, I come up with 9…and I literally JUST got a tattoo based on the Hermit card from the Wild Unknown deck like, three weeks ago, because I relate so strongly to that card. (It’s part of a set of three encircling my forearm, but the only one of the three that’s from the Major Arcana.)

  7. Jess says:

    Beth, sorry if I missed it, but I’d love to hear a couple of words about why you don’t use numerology in your tarot work. As a budding reader, just curious to hear your POV. Thanks!

  8. caitlin says:

    According to this I’m the Hierophant, but I’ve always felt a strong connection to the High Priestess. I wonder if the two might have some common thread running beneath them. It’s certainly been a great jumping-off point in the course, which I’ve just started!

  9. gaianparadox says:

    My birth card is the Hierophant. I don’t really know how it can really reflect my personality or my life, maybe the roots thing, since I’m a PoC in a very white family (except for my mother and my brother but the first one is… almost negrophobic). Plus I have never really knew what was my “race” (I can be a mixed white/black or a north african depending on people), what were my origins, or which culture I belong to. Otherwise the structures, etc… That doesn’t speak to me at all.
    My boyfriend has the Chariot. Again I can’t seem to understand how it relates to him or his life. He is a stability lover, very calm and patient.

    I don’t know, that’s wierd, it’s like those cards are the complete opposite of what we are, but maybe they represent what we both need to learn?

  10. Ren D. says:

    (was trying to figure out what drew me to this blog… Beth, you have dark hair and bold black glasses, I have dark hair and bold black glasses, and was born on January 22. HA! Maybe that’s it, I have only met one other person in my whole life with my birthday, so HELLO! ) I do believe numbers have a vibration, they are all over the cards, and I feel like numerology and tarot are best friends. My birthday reduces to 2, High Priestess. I am ridiculously self-depricating, so I never would have been so bold as to claim this card as a mirror to my own soul, but it’s fun and liberating to acknowledge, here and now, that yes, I am deeply intuitive, a bit psychic, highly creative, and yes, I’ll take mysterious, too. There’s something lovely and nurturing about having this particular card held up to me, hearing the message, “this is you!” and allowing myself to reply, “Hell, yeah it is!” I was born this way, my great grandmother, grandmother, mom, sister, and daughter, all born with unusual, beautiful capabilities. We’ve been too long trying to hide who we are, what we can do, how we can help. Thank you for this exercise, it’s really resonated with me!

    • Beth
      Beth says:

      Hello Ren, birthday-and-glasses sibling! All the best people have dark hair and specs and birthdays at the most depressing time of the year I think!

      I love your take on your birth card (and this whole exercise) – I tried to make it a little tongue-in-cheek and you totally got that, but yeah, there is something really fun and helpful about doing this exercise and looking at the ways you identify with your card. So you’re a mysterious person huh? That’s awesome :)

      • Ren D. says:

        haha! It’s the official “Dead of Winter” birthday — everyone is sick of buying presents, has made resolutions at the new year so they are either not drinking, not eating cake, or both (I’ve pretty much given up on birthday parties) — but it DOES bump us firmly into Aquarius land, so there is that delicious compensation, because anyone who is an Aquarian knows it’s the best sign, and automatically gives us “mysterious” as a signifier ;)

        • Beth
          Beth says:

          :aquarian fistbumps:

          Yep, I feel the same, no-one seems to want to do much of anything! I have a tradition of going to the seaside for my birthday which may seem a weird thing to do in the depths of winter *after* all the fun stuff has happened, but hey, I always have a good time. Love me a good wintery beach, fish and chips and a penny arcade.

          And yeah, I’m super happy to be an Aquarius…even though one profile told me (and my partner) that I was ‘aloof’ and ‘superior’. Superior? Moi? O_O

  11. Tianna says:

    Hi Beth! I’m doing your Alternative Tarot course right now and I’ve just got a quick question about this exercise…I did it incorrectly the first time – ending up with 11 and reading my card as Justice (when I now know it’s The High Priestess card). Is there any particular reason that we have to limit ourselves to a single digit number when the major arcana has 22 cards? I actually found that the two cards in dialogue with each other gave an accurate and broader description of who I am/what I’m all about. I tried it out on a dear friend and the same (Death/Emperor – she is both constant shift and very strong and directorial). What do you think about playing around with the numbers like that?

    • Beth
      Beth says:

      Good question! There are so many different ways that people approach this and I certainly don’t claim to be an expert in numerology, but one of the key principles is that of ‘reducing’ down to a single digit of 1-9. These single-digit numbers are thought to be more powerful.

      However – plenty of people go with two birth cards! So if your initial number comes to 10-21, you can have this card as well as the card you get by adding the two digits together. Richard Abbot, the numerologist who taught me about birth cards, certainly suggested people have both, and Biddy Tarot says the same.

      So it’s your choice!

      • Tianna says:

        Thanks Beth! That’s a relief. I was really attached to reading it both ways, so I’m relieved that I’m not just fantasizing something into being what its not! Cheers!

    • Natasha says:

      To add another name to Beth’s list of folks who talk of two birth cards: Barbara Moore. Although I see what you mean because if your number is over 9 you now have two no matter what… I guess you just have to look at the cards and see what resonates? Besides the birth card I have also worked with the idea of a card for the year, and this year it is a 12 for me…the Hanged Man, which reduces to the Empress . And I am taking them both to heart, and their interactions together. Good luck!

    • Ren D. says:

      HI Tianna! In numerology, 11 and 22 are referred to as master numbers, and in my learning they are like super power numbers, very highly charged and profound to our ancestors, and not reduced. So if you want to keep them intact, you’d be following in the tradition of our number-loving fore folk!! If it’s still in print and you are interested, check out Numerology and the Divine Triangle, by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker. Very accessible and fun book! I was born on the 22nd (Beth, you too!), and my birth number is 11, and I would say that explains alot about my weirdo-ness, haha wouldn’t have it any other way!

      • Tianna says:

        Ren, thank you so much for the informative reply! I’ve already shared it with my friend who was a combination of the Emperor/Death cards. I’m going to look into that book, as well! I really appreciate your supportive comments! My birth number is *also* 11 so I feel you there!

  12. Erin T. says:

    First, I really love learning about tarot from you. I am relatively new to this, so it’s been a lot of fun. My husband and I are both 7, the Chariot. I am using Paulina Cassidy’s Joie de Vivre deck, and I definitely feel a connection to this card. She is works to remain in control of her path despite there being a lot of options. This really rings true for me because I am all over the place while simultaneously being a control freak. And it’s interesting to me that my husband has the same card. We share astrology signs, too. But he’s never seemed like an Aquarius, and I’m having a hard time finding as aspect of his and his life that reflects here too. There is obviously some aspect that I am missing! Thanks for this.

    • Beth
      Beth says:

      Thanks Erin – glad you enjoy the blog!

      I’m Aquarius + Chariot too, and what you say about being ‘all over the place and a control freak’ at the same time really rings true for me – I like your description of the Joie de Vivre card, that’s very much how the Chariot feels to me – the ability to focus on one goal and commit to that, rather than being distracted, procrastinating, or feeling overwhelmed by all the other things there are to do.

  13. Tink says:

    Beth this is so cool! I feel like I’ve learned a lot more about tarot after starting here today than I did with my first try several years ago ^^ Thank you!

    Anyhow, I ended up with one of my favourite numbers, 3. And I was very surprised how well the Empress card describes me, especially the nurturing side of me..

    • Beth
      Beth says:

      Hello Tink, welcome!! So glad you’re finding the site useful. You know, even though I take birth cards with a large pinch of salt, I’m constantly excited to find out how relevant they feel for people and the different ways people relate :D
      Have fun exploring! xx

      • Tink says:

        Thank you ^^ Haha yes I don’t take it all as written in stone, it was a nice surprise.

        And I think I know now why Tarot didn’t work for me the first time, the cards really don’t speak to me.
        The card I drew today is the 3 of cups and that’s all there is on the card. So I’m going to spend my day looking for a new deck, one that does give me the opportunity to dream away and think about the meaning of the card.

  14. Liz says:

    I got The Lovers. My first instinct was “bleh.” I don’t feel like I’m “a loving, caring person” unless I love and care about someone A LOT. I feel like most people can see more than one side to every story and try to make good choices in life. I’m not a social person or much of a people-person either. I feel a bit too independent for my card to be The Lovers. I like being independent, and, yes, I do know when to ask for help. I guess I could think of it as more of an internal thing? The melding of many diverse interests and goals? Feels like a stretch. Shruuuuuuuuug.

    The card for my SO is The Hierophant. This is kind of funny because he’s not as “in touch with [his] history and ancestry” as the rest of his family. Not so sure about the rest. He has had teaching roles, but as for the rest… it’s not the best fit for him. After reading all the descriptions, I don’t think any of the cards fit him that well. Good thing there are more than nine or ten tarot cards!

    As far as the match, I feel like The Lovers is a more flexible and harmonious while The Hierophant is more rigid, conforming, and (to me) abrasive. I don’t think this is a good reflection of our relationship. Oh well.

  15. lacaylea says:

    Hi my name is Lacaylea and I have been doing tarot for a few yrs now but I just wanted someone else’s opinion on this… Me and my boyfriend Kyle have been together for almost 2 yrs and I can say it has been the best 2 yrs of my life he’s everything to me n I am to him also. We made it official after we decided to hang out one night and after that about a week of hanging out every waking second. In that week we didn’t do a thing not even kiss we just talked about everything n connected on an amazing level our anniversary is 4/10/14, and I think its funny that date can be said front to back N back to front… another thing that I found out after I asked few more questions… We were born in the same hospital, we were both c section baby’s and the first ones born( I have no siblings n he has one sister who was born the same yrs as me) he was delivered at 7:01am and I was delivered at 7:01 pm and we were both born on the 8th just different months. I was looking at our personality and soul cards my birthday is 3/8/1991 which equals 2002 then that goes to number 4 The Emperor. Kyle’s birthday is 8/8/1986 which also equals 2002 then that also goes to the number 4 The Emperor. I have never run into anything like this before so just thought I would put it out there and see if anyone has experienced anything like this before. kyle and I are so close in so many ways I have always said since we got together we are exactly the same but complete opposites at the same time. But if anyone has seen or experienced anything like this a input would be great thank you.

  16. Sassy says:

    I just did this for my little family. I am 12/12/1986 and so The Empress. My fiancé is 12/12/1975 and The Magician. From what I can gather (I am super new) I am really happy with this representation. I also had my cat run his face all over my deck and then cut it, drawing a card for him–it was a daughter of wands (I use the wild unknown tarot). I was also very happy with this as I interpreted it as innocence and unconditional, perpetual affection.

  17. Branya Esparza says:

    12/22/1966 The High Priestess or Justice as 11 is a master number, and I just find out my father is a 2 and my mother was an 11 or 2… my son is a 33 or a 6 and my husband is a 4, he is soon the Emperor and I feel both a 2 and an 11.

  18. Aaron Cohen says:

    I am curious about why we would look at the major arcana card for our life path number. Have you explored the incorporation of the double digit delineation with the corresponding minor card? I follow the book: Numerology and the Divine Triangle, which has a nice section of all the tarot cards and the numerological analysis alongside.

    So, for myself – I am a 31/4: Emperor as a major, and Five of Wands as a minor. These cards fit with my life, as I am continually rebalancing since I often take on a few too many projects or ideas.

    Really nice integration of these two teachings and thanks so much for posting this! It’s a lot of fun :)

  19. Kathleen says:

    I am 3 while my boyfriend is 2. I am not sure how they work together! Would you be able to help me interpret it?

  20. Nice! I ended up having to reduce my number twice; from a 29 to an 11 and then to a 2. Aquarius High Priestess, here!

    More than half my life thus far has been spent studying a variety of subjects/disciplines that help bring obscured knowledge, details, mysteries, and guidance to the surface. I’ve been through everything from tarot to western astrology, psychic-mediumship, body language and other forms of non-verbal communication, sociology, and so much more. You should see my library: it’s pretty darn impressive.

    I wouldn’t qualify myself as secretive or mysterious, but many people have told me that I seem to reach a deeper level of resonance and achievement–very quickly–in whatever I do… and they can’t figure out how the heck I manage it. I think that’s why I tend to get a “mysterious, kind of on a level that’s a bit untouchable” reaction from people. Meanwhile I’m over here going, “pfffft guys come on I’m just a detail-obsessed perfectionist who has to do things to as high a self-imposed standard as possible.”

    I’m also laughing because this Priestess (Robin Wood deck) has banging cheekbones and, well, so do I!

    Cheers Xx

  21. Natasha says:

    This was such a fun article to read! I truly enjoyed it.

    I’m familiar with numerology, it’s the tarot I’m a novice at. Could someone please help me understand the meaning of this coupling:

    I’m an Aries High Priestess/Justice (2/11 life path number) & my partner is a Virgo Hierophant (5 life path number).

    Any insight is appreciated & thanks!

  22. Angie Never says:

    This was a fun activity that helped me get to know a few cards in my deck. I got the High Priestess and my boyfriend got the Emperor, which is a really accurate picture of our lives together. Thanks for the exercise!

  23. April Hass says:

    I also am a 7, The chariot. It fits me too. I believe that numbers are connected to us. I have certain numbers that continuously appear around me. Sometimes I don’t realize until after the fact that the number is involved. Especially the number 22, that number is everywhere throughout my life.

  24. This is brilliant. I’m a 1, for The Magician. And that feels so spot-on for me… I’ve always been drawn to natural spiritual practices like shamanism and Wicca. I feel as though I’ve spent most of my life learning new skills and uncovering hidden talents, and it’s true that I’ve done a wide variety of jobs. I’m going to have to read more about The Magician tonight! Funny enough, my husband is also a 1! Not sure if that’s good or a challenge… Heh…

  25. isabel ford says:

    woah woah woahhhh,,,I AMMA MA GI CIAN. Holy! I wish… not feeling very PRO active, more muddled and confused staring at the wall but what ever, i’ll take it. Jumzi over here is a HERMIT. Opposits attract, right? (Funny that they are the one doing lots of the social things and lots of th cleaning and im near agoraphobic just spacin at the starzzz/poor beautiful hermit). Thanks for all this Betthh, lots of fun, screeching at cards/// my original more complX number was of 10 (THE WHEEEEL) which seems to make sense for me right now, so ill take that one instead. ALWAYS INLOVE WITH NUMBER 8 and NUMBER 18 XOOXOXOXO TO THE 19 and BACK. – iz

  26. Robert Elvarsson says:

    Hi my name is Robert and i´m from Iceland and last year my mother gave me a tarrot cards for my christmas present. To day i´m still learning how they work and practicing. But i found out my numer for me and my girlfriend and my is 3 and she has 9 :)

  27. Dijango says:

    Date Of Birth day 12 June 1990 Birth Time 11:50 A.M
    Place of birth : Lahore, Pakistan

    Can you Please tell me about my Carrier and marriage.

    I am in that stage of life where i don’t know what is good and what is bad for me. So please tell me about my carrier and marriage dates.
    Please help

    • Beth
      Beth says:

      Hi Dijango. It sounds like you’re having a really tough time. I’m sorry, but we can’t offer readings in the comments here. I offer paid-for tarot readings periodically via this site (see the ‘Readings’ link at the top of the page) or alternatively you can find another tarot or astrology reader online.

      • Dijango says:

        Dear Beth,
        I hope you are doing well, Beth just let me know something (Little bit) about myself which means my future. . .
        If you want to other wise no problem. . .
        Have fun :)

  28. Sarah says:

    So interesting. I got The Emperor (which is the card I associate with my husband – I even blogged it!) and then read through this post and got The Hermit (which I can relate to, at the moment). Yeah, that’s an interesting relationship!

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