How To Find Your Tarot Birth Card (And Life Path 1, The Magician! Rest To Follow Soon)

By October 20, 2014Numerology, Tarot

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Finding your tarot birth card is a fun way to learn more about how the energies of tarot’s major arcana cards influence your personality and life!

If you know your numerological life path number you can determine your tarot birth card – it is simply the card with the very same number! And by learning about your birth card, you can untangle ideas about the energy you attract into your life, the way you react and interact with others, your strengths and challenges in life and much more. In this series, I’m going to show you how, and tell you more about each of the cards.

First, You Need Your Life Path Number.

To get this, add up all the digits in your birthday. My birthday is 22nd January 1982 or, in numbers: 22.01.1982.

So the sum would be: 2 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 2 = 25.

You’re aiming for a single digit number, so if yours is above 9, you then ‘reduce’ this number by adding the two together. Keep reducing until you get a single digit. In my case, 2 + 5 = 7. So seven is my life path number!

Next, Dig Out Your Tarot Deck!

The-Chariot-tarot-cardOnce you’ve got your tarot deck out, find the corresponding card from the tarot’s major arcana. If you’re new to tarot, the major arcana are the first 22 cards that most people recognize. They tap into a deep energy and hold a lot of meaning. When you pull a card from the major arcana in a tarot reading, it often means that something big and important will happen, be it in the form of a new event, person, or as a general sign post of things to come (or even from the past).

Each card from the major arcana has a corresponding number (usually written at the top or bottom), which is what we’ll use to find your corresponding tarot card.

Back to the example from above. So if my life path number is 7, my corresponding card is The Chariot.

So what does that mean? To me, it suggests I’m driven, focused, in constant motion. It’s true – I have a tendency to go at life full-pelt – sometimes a little too fast! On the downside, I can be very blinkered, not always seeing the full picture as I gallop towards my goal.

Obviously you can’t sum up (literally) an entire person in this way.

You are not your birth card, your life path number, or anything else you can figure out by adding up numbers on a website! These are archetypes, or generalizations of a whole type of a person. But sometimes it’s nice to have symbols, words, cards – anything at all – to hold onto, to help make sense of what we are doing and why. When I need to, I can visualize and draw on the energy of The Chariot to help me get focused or drive me out of a rut.

The 9 Life Path Numbers & Their Corresponding Tarot Cards

If you’re unfamiliar with tarot, here are the nine cards:

1. The Magician
2. The High Priestess
3. The Empress
4. The Emperor
5. The Hierophant
6. The Lovers
7. The Chariot
8. Strength (or in some decks, this is Justice)
9. The Hermit

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be going through each of the nine tarot birth cards with some person-centered interpretations, helping you to understand what your birth card says about you, and how you can best use its energy in different areas of your life.

Below is the first Life Path Number, 1, the Magician. But for those who are Life Path 2 or Life Path 3, click on the links below to read about your tarot birth card:

Life Path 2 – The High Priestess »

Life Path 3 – The Empress »

The rest will come soon in the following weeks! Just keep your eyes on the blog or sign up for updates at

Life Path 1 – The Magician

‘Anything is possible.’

The-Magician-tarot-cardAs the name suggests, The Magician is, well, magical. With two feet on the ground, she is earthed firmly in reality. Yet one hand reaches up to the sky, drawing down on the great energy of the Universe.

Before her is a table, laid out with the emblems of the four tarot suits. There’s a cup,  symbolizing emotional intelligence, and a pentacle, representing physical power. There’s a sword for mental acumen and finally a wand for inner fire.

Add these four humanly resource from the extra help she’s drawing down from the Universe and you have one immensely resourced person! Magicians are manifesters – they know how to make shit happen. Because they believe that anything is possible, they start brilliant projects, take risks with great success, and know how to set their goals and then make them real.

Key Strengths:

Tarot Birth Card Strengths⇢ You’re a real ‘yes’ person, seeing possibility and opportunity everywhere… and then making things happen.
⇢ You’re creative and adventurous.
⇢ You don’t care too much what other people think of you.
⇢ You’re great at working alone, but you know how and where to find help when needed.
⇢ People are always impressed with your go-get-em attitude.
⇢ You’re an amazing problem-solver, able to easily identify what’s needed to put things right.

Key Challenges:

Tarot Birth Card Challenges⇢ Finishing what you start can be a problem when you have so many great ideas! You might find you lack focus, feeling like there are always other exciting things to do. Take the time sometimes to slow down and listen to what other people have to say – they might have something valuable to add to your project.

⇢ All that outward-moving energy can be tiring. Remember, you don’t have to be doing something all the time! It’s okay to just take a break now and again, and look inwards.

Who You Hookin’ Up With?

Tarot Birth Card - Love⇢ You’re likely to find a Chariot is the only other card who can match your powerful, driven energy – they too know how to achieve their life goals. Expect some serious horn-locking though, especially when they realize you can’t just focus on one thing!

⇢ You’ll probably be frustrated by an Emperor’s insistence on sticking to the rules, or with a Lover’s indecisive nature. And a Hermit’s thoughtfulness might drive you a little barmy.

⇢ But a sexy, earthy Empress might encourage you to be present in the moment, whilst a High Priestess counters your expansive, fiery energy with an opposing intuitive, inward-looking and altogether cooler approach to life.

Work & Lifestyle Ideas:

Tarot Birth Card - Work & Lifestyle⇢ You’d be great at running your own business, or better still a charity or social enterprise, since you’re good at solving problems. Working solo suits you best, but you’re also capable of leading a team in an inspiring, encouraging way – you just need to learn how to trust people delegate now and again.

⇢ You’d be a brilliant artist – you’re passionate, creative and perceptive, plus you have that extra magical connection to the Universe. Your creative work could change the world!

⇢ Look for ways to lead or inspire people. You’d be great as an inspirational speaker or writer – people always want to hear (or read!) what you have to say. Or how about sharing your skills as a consultant or life-coach – going into organizations or lives in crisis, tackling issues and getting real results.

What’s Up Next?

Next week we’ll be focusing on Life Path 2, The High Priestess!

Until then, drop me a note below. If you’re a Life Path 1, let me know how you relate to The Magician and if you’ve seen similar characteristics appear in your own life. And if you’re not a 1, how have you interacted with 1s in the past? Has it been easy? Challenging? Are you in a relationship with one?


Image sources: Tools by Juan Pablo Bravo; Conversation Hearts by Victor Mosqueda. All images of tarot cards are courtesy of the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck (© US Games Systems).

About Beth Maiden

Beth Maiden is a professional tarot reader and writer based in Manchester, UK. She has two cats and one dog and they all live together in a tiny little boat. She is the resident tarot writer at the progressive LGBTQ website and the creator of the Alternative Tarot Course. Check her out at and @littleredtarot on Twitter.



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