Tarot birth cards are a popular way to look into yourself and can be quite a good first step on your path to shadow work – excellent for those chilly autumn evenings. Many of us are intrigued by it, but cannot really figure out where to start. Birth cards offer a good starting point, since they make you ask questions about yourself and lend a deeper understanding to some of the aspects of yourself you perhaps don’t want to see.

How to calculate your birth card: 

We use classic Numerology as a tool, so you merely take your birth date, e.g


and add all the numbers together

3 + 4 + 7 = 14

1 + 4  = 5

So the person born on the 3rd of April, 2005 will actually have two birth cards – XIV Temperance and V Hierophant.

It is also possible to have three birth cards:

01.01.1970= 1 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 7 = 19

1 + 9 = 10

1 + 0 = 1

So the birth cards would be XIX The Sun, X The Wheel of Fortune and I Magician. 

Okay, I did my calculations – but what does it all mean? 

I admit that at first, the results can be quite tricky to understand for some, as we are used first with the standard interpretation of the cards and secondly, to look at ourselves in a certain way.

My birth cards are Empress and the Hanged Man.

Try not to immediately set in stone what the meaning is for you – pull the card(s) from your favourite deck and leave them on your kitchen/coffee table for a few days to see what thoughts, emotions and feelings you come up with.

What are you most drawn to in these cards? 

What most disturbs you? 

What aspect of the card(s) can you not relate to? 

What do the colours, emotions, energies in the card(s) tell you? 

What is the link to your life story? 

There are some general overviews of “birth card meanings” available online, but I would stray from them and figure out your own meaning over a few sessions. Unlocking your birth cards might open very interesting paths for shadow work for you.

The Empress might tell us we have challenges with getting in touch with our feminine side; we are too overindulgent; we are creative and nurturing; we are idea-generators and we love to see things grow; 

The Hanged Man might tell us we must take care not to indulge in dark fantasies or addictions, especially alcoholism; we must learn to make sacrifices; we want to peek over the veil; our life is about transformation, about being the Phoenix who burns down to ashes – but is born again