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Thursday 16 September 2021

How would you like to discover yourself in the cards? #TarotThursday #MyFriendAlexa

I hope that you found my last post, 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Reading Tarot, informative and helpful. As we move closer to discovering the secrets of Tarot, I want to tell you about one of the biggest secrets of Tarot that I did not know till a couple of months back. You can find yourself in the cards!

Now, that doesn’t mean that you’ll find your picture or name on a card. Nor does it mean that it will spill out all your deepest or darkest secrets. Or tell you your future! But what it will do is place your archetype and assign a couple of cards to you. They represent your soul, your personality, and your shadow self. It is like zodiac signs if you will. They show what are the most dominant energies when it comes to you and the character traits that you are likely to have. 

Are you a little bit curious now? All you need is your full date of birth and basic addition skills!

What is a Personality Card?

Have you heard the saying that goes like – we have all come into this world with a purpose and once we find that purpose, we can be happy and fulfilled? I know, that was a very rough version of the proverb, but I just couldn’t remember the exact words of it. Anyway, if you have heard it before, and if you are anything like me, the first thought in your mind would ‘that’s all very lovely, but how do I find my life’s purpose?’

Well, the Personality Card is tells you about the lesson you are supposed to learn in this lifetime. Whether it is resolve you past issues or whether it is to grow comfortable in your skin or whether it is to learn to be patient or forgiveness. How you get there is up to you. Good old Tarot! It is here only to nudge you – the path you take is completely up to YOU.

What is a Soul Card?

Now that you know what the personality card stands for, you can probably guess what the Soul card stands for. Whether you believe in re-incarnation or not, the soul card can tell you your soul’s purpose. And since we are always evolving and discovering more about ourselves, who would say no to a little bit of extra help?

The Soul Card represents the very core of who you are. It is why you react the way you do or do the things that you didn’t think you could or ever would.

How to find out your Personality & Soul Cards?

To determine these two cards you add together your month, day, and year of birth. For instance, 31 August 1960 is 31+08+1960 = 1999

If you know even the basic numerology, you know we need to keep adding till we get the basic number in single digit. But in this case, since the Major Arcana Cards go upto 22, we need to add our numbers down to or below 22. So, 1999 will go further down to 1+9+9+9 = 28 and further 2+8 = 10
In this case, 10 is the Personality Cards number & it corresponds to Wheel of Fortune

We need to go one step further to get the Soul Card number. So, from 10 we get – 1+0 = 1
And the Soul Card number is 1 which corresponds to The Magician.

Now some of you may be going, but hey I got down to a single digit right at the personality card… what should I do for the soul card number? Well, you can have the same card for soul & personality cards. I am one of those people in fact. My date of birth adds up to 2010 and so I am left with 3 (The Empress) as both my Personality and Soul Cards.

What is the Shadow Card?

In psychology, shadow-self is the side of your personality that you consciously / subconsciously / unconsciously do not admit to (or do not want to admit to) having, depending on how self-aware you are. So, it would probably make sense to you if I said that a shadow card is what you don’t see or fear or reject about yourself. If you really want to change your life around, this is the card (I would say) you want to really pay attention to.

How to find out your Shadow Card?

Keep your soul and personality number handy for this one as I can think of only one way to explain this one – with examples. Remember the 31 August 1960 example we handled before? The Personality & Soul Card numbers that came out of it were 10 & 1. In this case the Shadow Factor card would be 19 – The Sun. 

Another example was that my own, where my Personality & Soul cards are the same, The Empress. In my case, 12 & 21 are my Shadow Cards.

The basic number remains the same. 1 in the first case, and 3 in the second case. You'll need to find the Shadow card by find the third number that adds up to the same basic number. So, in case your personality number is 13 and 22, your Shadow Card is 4.

However, if your birthday adds up to a number between 14 to 18, then you will have no Hidden Factor Card because these numbers are called Night-time Cards. In such cases, shadow aspects are an integral part of the personality of the person.

Here’s the list of Major Arcana cards corresponding to it’s number for you:

0 or 22: The Fool
1: The Magician
2: The High Priestess
3: The Empress
4: The Emperor
5: The Hierophant
6: The Lovers
7: The Chariot
8: Strength
9: The Hermit
10: Wheel of Fortune
11: Justice
12: The Hanged Man
13: Death
14: Temperance
15: The Devil
16: The Tower
17: The Star
18: The Moon
19: The Sun
20: Judgement
21: The World

We will obviously be learning about the Major Arcana next. But let's calculate your Personality, Soul & Shadow card numbers and look them up. Check out both the positive & negative aspects of each card and let me know if they resonate with you in the comments.

Remember, Tarot Cards DO NOT control you or your life.  They are just a tool and it is up to you to decide how to use it. Your choices and luck are of your own making, using the cards as a guideline. Reflect on the cards you get, take what resonates, and discard what doesn't.

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  1. I am a Tarot Card Reader myself, and so thrilled to meet another! Hello Anicca! It was so interesting to read about Soul Cards and Shadow Cards. It's going to be fun find both of mine.

    1. Mayuri! Glad to have you here... I have followed your blog for a while now. Do let me know if I am on track with my learning journey!

  2. This sounds very interesting. My sould and personality card both came as 5 but could not make out the shadow card. Also what is the implication of each card?

    1. The Hierophant is your Soul & personality card. Which means 14 is your shadow card number - which is the Temperance.

    2. We will be starting on the Major Arcana cards next on the blog... You can check them out yet. Or if you are too curious... Look up the card image on google and see what message YOU get from it.

  3. The Shadow Card was a bit difficult to grasp but I think I got it. Which means my personality card is The Chariot and that means I can overcome any obstacle. This was such a fun read!

    1. If The Chariot is your Soul/Personality card, then your shadow card is likely to be The Tower

  4. This is really informative. Thank you for sharing in such detail. I will be back to catch up on the posts.

  5. Wow, I didn't know tarrot can be so interesting..,

  6. I had no idea about this. Tarot cards are very interesting. Thanks for sharing this detailed article.

  7. I always find Tarot readings very intriguing. For me, it's completely an unknown terrain.

  8. My life is such a mess. I wish I knew what is there further. But I am very bad at numbers and can never do this calculation. I am also scared of going for a tarot reading

    1. Harjeet, the thing that I love about Tarot is it gives a sense of autonomy as opposed to Astrology or Palmistry.
      But it is okay - if it doesn't suit you - it doesn't suit you.

  9. I didn't know these aspects of tarot. Thanks for sharing with us

  10. This sounds very fascinating to me. I always want to try something like that. Will read more about it.

    1. Am here if you would like to discuss while looking it up.

  11. Have never experienced Tarot card reading, but seems a different way to discover things that may be beneficial to one's life..

    1. It is. Atleast I find it much more useful than Astrology & Palmistry.

  12. This is quite interesting. I love to check these things though I'm not really a believer in them. I like taking life as a surprise.

    1. Tarot is a tool only to give us our sense of autonomy back to us.

  13. This is really informative. I learnt a lot about tarot today. I didn't know date of birth was involved in tarot. Looking forward to reading more.

  14. It's super interesting how you have written this.I need to know more