One way to use Tarot Cards is through numerology. In this particular exercise, you’ll find what’s known as your Tarot Year Card – the card that best represents the year ahead for you.
To find this card, all you have to do is some simple math! So, grab a pen and paper (or, if you’re a human calculator, just your brain) and add up your day and month of birth plus the current year.
After that, continue adding up the digits until you get a number between 1 and 22. That’s your Year Card.
Day of birth + Month of Birth + Current Year = Tarot Year Card
As an example, say your birthday is October 7:
10 + 7 + 2021 = 2038
Using 2038, you would then calculate: 2+0+3+8 = 13
So, your Year Card for 2021 would be Death.
Using your Tarot Year Card
Once you’ve calculated your Card of the Year, you can look more into that particular card to figure out what this year has in store for you. Look at what this card tends to mean in terms of big picture. What overarching lessons are in store for you? What will this current year teach you? How will you grow during this year?
You can also use this card to help determine what you need to be focused on during this year. For instance, think about what this card is trying to tell you. This may be especially true for more negative-seeming cards. Look beyond the surface of the card to figure out what inner issues you may need to work through this year.
Each of the 22 Major Arcana cards (with The Fool being #22 here instead of 0) tells you something important about your personal journey. Below, you’ll find a brief description of the first 10 cards and what they might mean as your Tarot Year Card.
1. The Magician
The Magician represents creativity, opportunities, and manifestation. He has all four suit symbols on the table in front of him, and in fact, his element is quintessence (which is composed of all four elements). Thus, he has infinite potential within him – he can create what he wants in his life.
If the Magician is your Year Card, it suggests that you have a great deal of opportunities in front of you. Make sure you use them!
2. The High Priestess
The High Priestess represents inner knowledge and intuition. As with all 2’s, the High Priestess also represents duality and balance. In her case, she symbolizes the balance between your inner and outer life.
If your Year Card is the High Priestess, it suggests that you take some time for yourself and put your own needs first while you work on your spiritual connections. This year might be more about reflections for you.
3. The Empress
The Empress is all about abundance, creativity, and fertility. She is nurturing and supportive and is often symbolic of motherhood. Surrounded by comforts and lavishly dressed, she also represents an abundance of beauty, pleasure, and love.
As a Year Card, the Empress suggests that you have a fertile year ahead of you – that could be literal fertility, OR a more symbolic one of creativity.
4. The Emperor
The Emperor represents responsibility, authority, and power. He is reliable, ambitious, and hard-working. He is also disciplined and suggests a period of structure and stability.
If The Emperor is your Year Card, it indicates that you may be making important decisions about your future this year. You may have an increased amount of responsibilities, too.
5. The Hierophant
The Hierophant represents higher knowledge, educational pursuit, tradition, and morality. This card is often a symbol of traditional or spiritual institutions – including marriage. As such, it’s also a card that tends to indicate conformity and social norms.
If you get The Hierophant as your Year Card, it suggests that you might be embarking on an academic, spiritual, or social journey.
6. The Lovers
The Lovers represents – you guessed it – love! Not all love is romantic, though, so this card is more about connection and commitment than romance. Additionally, it represents choices.
As a Year Card, The Lovers indicates that your year will be heavily focused on relationships. You may have important choices this year, as well, but the overarching theme is connection.
7. The Chariot
The Chariot represents forward motion, struggle, and choices. It also represents victory after a difficult challenge. Two opposing ideas or forces are pulling you in different directions and thus you are forced to choose which way to go. This struggle is necessary, though, for personal growth.
If you get The Chariot as your Year Card, this year will likely present some difficulties, but it will end with you coming out better than before.
Strength represents inner strength, perseverance, and compassion. The woman depicted in the card is able to tame the lion, but not through overt force. Instead, she uses kindness and patience.
This year, you might need to let things unfold the way they will. You may feel overwhelmed at times, but you’re stronger than you think.
9. The Hermit
The Hermit represents solitude, inner wisdom, and seeking meaning in life. As the name might imply, this card often suggests being alone, although it’s more about learning to listen to your inner truth to find what’s most meaningful to you.
If you get The Hermit for your Year Card, you might be reflecting on your life and past choices as you seek to find out what you want going forward. Take time to meditate and focus on what your internal senses are telling you.
10. The Wheel of Fortune
The Wheel of Fortune is all about a change of fate. Depending on where you are in life right now, this could be a good or bad change. This card is a reminder that nothing lasts forever.
If this card comes up as your Year Card, you may be in for a big change – focus on what is in your control, but some things must be left up to fate.
Tarot Year Card Conclusion
Was your card listed above? If not, don’t worry! Next week, Part 2 will cover the remaining 12 cards. But, if your card was one of the first 10, let me know in the comments below!
As always, thanks for reading! Be sure to read next week’s follow up for the rest of the Major Arcana cards.
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