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Tarot Birth Cards

Written and illustrated by Grace Duong

Tarot birth cards act as guides and can provide sense to central themes that may occur on your personal path during your lifetime. Similar to astrology and numerology where you have certain placements like zodiac signs, characteristics found within your Tarot birth cards can indicate personality traits that you have in common with your cards. This can also indicate your strengths, weaknesses, potential, and challenges explained through learning more about your Tarot birth cards.

If you scroll down, you can read how you can calculate your Tarot birth cards yourself. If you’d rather just have us calculate it for you, we’ve got you! Above is our Mystic Mondays Tarot Birth Card calculator for accessing your Tarot birth cards and the meanings behind the cards. 

What is a Tarot birth card?

Tarot birth cards are a combination of two to three Major Arcana cards that outlines your core identity and approach to life.  There are twelve pairings, similar to twelve astrology zodiac signs! Star signs often have fixed elements associated with their sign, paving the way to understanding one’s personality and purpose in life. Tarot birth cards are calculated based on your birth date and use numerology as the basis of how to calculate your Tarot birth card pairing.

For example, if The Magician is one of your birth cards, you can learn how to be resourceful and how to harness your natural gifts to take physical form. If the Lovers is one of your birth cards, you can learn how to make choices that are aligned with your personal values in relationships, including yourself.

You can calculate your Tarot birth cards using simple math with only using addition! Or you can use our Tarot Birth Card calculator to get right to the good stuff.

While having two Tarot birth cards are the most common, there is one pairing that has three cards. How many cards you have within your pairing doesn’t matter as your Tarot birth cards can pass along valuable information and bring greater self-awareness and understanding for your life’s journey. What matters most is what you do with this information!

There are multiple ways to calculate your Tarot birth cards based on your birthdate. Here are some ways you could do it:

1. Add all the numbers into pairings based on month, date, year. Add up all the numbers. Keep adding the numbers until it creates one single digit number.

2. Add up all the numbers in your birthdate one by one until it creates one single digit number.

It doesn’t matter how you do it because it all calculates to the same result!

Understanding the cards in your birth card pairing individually can help you interpret the cards energies as a whole. There is value in understanding how each card impacts you, but also what messages the cards have when paired together to help guide you on your life path.

Understanding Your Tarot Birth Card Pairing

The Tarot birth cards only apply within the Major Arcana cards, however numerology plays an important role in determining its effect on which numbered Minor Arcana cards carry the essence of what lessons can be learned and harnessed through your lifetime as well.

Using the most reduced number of your date of birth, you’ll find your Tarot Birth Card that describes your personality, soul, how the Minor Arcana cards relate to your Tarot birth cards, and much more. You’ll also learn how astrology and numerology play into the energy of your Tarot birth cards. This advanced information is located in an in-depth report. View our reports library here.

The Major Arcana cards are numbered 0 to 21 and represent life lessons, karmic influences, and impactful themes represented through the archetypes of each Major Arcana card. The Major Arcana cards that are part of your Tarot birth card pairing can reveal life lessons and give you guidance as you encounter central life themes.

How to Calculate Your Tarot Birth Cards

While our Tarot birth cards calculator at the top of this page can easily generate your birth cards for you, we get if you’d like to do it yourself!

If the sum of the numbers is a two-digit number, add the two digits together and continue reducing it until it becomes a single digit number. This is how you use numerology calculations to get the result of your Tarot birth cards.

By doing this calculation, you’ll often find The Major Arcana card with the two-digit numbers, so Major Arcana cards between 10 to 21. That number correlated with that Major Arcana card will be your first birth card. To find your second birth card, continue the calculation by reducing the two-digit number to a single digit by adding the two digits together. Sometimes when you are doing the calculations, you will find the single digit card first. It depends on how you calculate it!

Start by breaking your birthday into four two-digit numbers following this formula: MM + DD + YY + YY


If you were born on 03/16/1989, your equation would be: 03 + 16 + 19 + 89

0 + 3 = 3

1 + 6 = 7

1 + 9 = 10 which reduces to 1 + 0 = 1

8 + 9 = 17 which reduces to 1 + 7 = 8

This breaks down into 3 + 7 + 1 + 8 = 19

19 reduces to 1 + 9 = 10

1 + 0 = 1

This result calculates to The Magician, Wheel of Fortune, and Sun Tarot Birth Cards. This card pairing is three cards instead of two because 19 reduces to another two-digit number, then down to a single digit number (1 + 9 = 10, and 1 + 0 = 1). In this case, your Tarot birth cards are The Sun (19), The Wheel (10), and The Magician (1).


Another way you can calculate your Tarot birth cards is to add each individual number up together.

09/18/1967  = 0 + 9 + 1 + 8 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 7 = 41

4 + 1 = 5 

Numerology wise, you can also see 41 as 14 which correlates to the Temperance card as they both add up to 5.

Here’s how to calculate it using the MM + DD + YY + YY example.

0 + 9 = 9

1 + 8 = 9

1 + 9 = 10 which reduces to 1 + 0 = 1

6 + 7 = 13 which reduces to 1 + 3 = 4

9 + 9 + 1 + 4 = 23

2 + 3 = 5

(5) = The Hierophant Card
(14) = The Temperance Card

The results for this calculation are The Hierophant and Temperance Tarot Birth Cards.

How to work with your Tarot birth cards

Figuring out your birth cards is easy enough, but once you have them, what’s the next step?

Now that you know how to figure out what your birth cards are, you can start to learn more about them and apply the cards and their wisdom into your life!

Explore the card meanings as there’s many layers to discovering the cards and how you can apply their knowledge for greater self-awareness. You can look at what the cards mean individually and the power of how to use that card’s energy in your life as a guiding force. When used together, the cards can bring more meaning and understanding for how to approach life’s challenges, unlocking your natural gifts and talents, and the central themes you’ll encounter over and over again throughout your life’s journey.

You can identify with your cards and reflect on how they resonate with you and your current life experiences to date.

Reflect on the following:

  1. How do I relate to my cards?
  2. Do I identify and see myself in these cards?
  3. What meanings resonate the most and what part of these interpretations of the cards do I most relate to?
  4. What are the similarities between my Tarot birth cards? What are the differences?

If you want to learn more, check out our in-depth reports about your Tarot birth card pairing and how you can utilize its energy to the fullest.

Look for Your Tarot Birth Cards in Readings

Once you find your Tarot birth cards, you are forming a special relationship to those cards. When they appear in a reading, it often has even more significance for you than any other card! 

Your Tarot birth cards appearing in a reading can indicate a turning point or a major life occurence that is present and about to occur! Notice what is going on in your life during that time and keep an eye out for synchronicities of the themes that your Tarot birth cards represent.

This can take the form of symbolism, imagery, and other ways your Tarot birth cards may be communicating with you in your waking life. Take this as a sign from the Tarot that you are well on your way and are guided through your life path!

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