This article details how one should go about calculating their birth card by adding the numerical units of their birthday. The corresponding card grants insight into one life’s purpose and how to pursue the querent’s Highest fulfillment. Edgar Allan Poe is used to demonstrate the proper calculation and analysis of birth cards.
How To Determine One’s Birth Card (Rider- Waite Tarot)
By Corvinna Krowl
Out of all the divinatory methods in existence, Tarot cards seem to be among the most widely popularized mediums of prophecy. A form of cartomancy, the simplistic yet rich and relatable symbolism of the Rider-Waite deck has captured the intrigue and spiritual attention of many who wish to reap insights about the self and the awaiting future. Approximating your birth card can advance one’s understanding of the self, individual energies and overall path in life. Additionally, the appearance of your birth card in various positions can provide further insight into a particular situational divination in how it is a direct reflection of your individuality.
In order to determine a birth card, add the numeric units of the querent’s birthday. Let’s suppose that I would like to know the birth card of Edgar Allan Poe – which I do, so please proceed with me on this whimsical example. The following equation demonstrates the correct way to calculate his birth card:
1.) Firstly, obtain a date of birth. Edgar Allan Poe’s date of arrival to earth is January 19, 1809
2.) Add the digits of the month and date together.
Month: January – 01
3.) Add each numeric unit of the birth year individually:
1+8+0+9 = 18
4.) Combine the two sums.
20 + 18 = 38
5.) If the number exceeds 21 (the number of Major Arcana cards) then combine the number’s individual digits.
8 + 3 = 11
1+1 = 2
Edgar Allan Poe’s birth cards are Justice and the High Priestess. His inclination to mystery and esoteric knowledge is exemplified by the High Priestess, the lovely Lady enthroned in the 2nd place of the Major Arcana. The cryptic nature of his writings reflect Her presence in his essence. His esteemed authorship, reputation as a literary critic and the decipherment of these mysteries are symptomatic talents of Justice which is how he was driven to utilize his imagination and otherworldly mind. After all, he is widely recognized as the father of detective fiction! Justice involves publishing, analysis, liberty and balance are thematic to a lifetime and schematic in the repetitive confrontation in the conscious existences of those who are born on days of Justice.
The querent should always be mindful of subjectivity and objectivity when assessing the qualities and meanings of her/his birth card. What are your personal perceptions of the birth card’s definition(s) in comparison to its widely-cited, general meanings? With some inner-exploration, this information may guide you to a life of fulfillment. The appearance of this card in readings may carry additional significance in terms of the self in relation to a specific situation or concept. Calculating the number of each date also grants you foresight and valuable advisement in the day’s endeavors. (It would also be useful to distinguish your personal correspondences to specific numbers.) The calculation of birth cards – and all date-based cards – can be an extremely useful tool in divination and magick.