It’s January, which means many of us are doing readings about the year ahead or consulting our favorite annual Sun Sign Book. There is another annual activity you can do to get insight into your future.

Many tarot readers already calculate and know their birth card. That’s when you add up all the digits in your birthday and reduce down until you get to a number that is under 22. Some people take it further and say if you get a number under 22 but over 10, then you reduce again and have two birth cards. For example if you reduce your numbers down to 14, you would also reduce to 5, so your birth cards would be Temperance and the Hierophant. And some people say that you always have two birth cards, that if you reduce to 5, you would automatically extrapolate to 14.

Lots of people like to do something similar for themselves for each year. To calculate this, you add your birth date and month along with the current year. For example, if you were born on January 16, your card for this year would be 13, Death and possibly (if you care to reduce further) 4, the Emperor.

By the same token, the universal card for the year 2012 would 5, The Hierophant.

The Fey Tarot's Hierophant

After you calculate your card for 2012, compare with the Hierophant. How do the energies work together? What challenges might arise? What great things can you accomplish?

I suggest calculating these numbers as well as doing a reading for year ahead. Do a card or two for each month of the year and write the readings on separate pages in your journal or note them in day planner so that you compare your readings to what actually happened that month. Did the energy manifest as you expected it to? Did what really happened cause you to add a new interpretation to your toolbox for any of the cards involved? Did having a head’s up about the events or energy present help you take a more proactive approach to your life?


Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...