Calculating your Tarot Card of the Year can bring you insight into the archetype of your year ahead based off the governing theme of a card in the Major Arcana.
You can do this at any time of the year, but the most ideal time would be for the calendar new year or solar return/birthday.
A Year Card will not tell you what will happen, but rather it will help you focus on the lesson in whatever unfolds.
What you do:
Add Day of birth + Month of birth + Current/Upcoming Year
Eg my bday 9th May so 9 + 5 + 2023 = 2037
2 + 0 + 3 + 7 = 12
There are 22 Major Arcana cards. This means that if you get a double digit, you can use a number up to 22, further reduce it to get a single digit or use both options in your interpretation. I recommend not reducing sums up to 22 to experience the full archetypal tarot experience.
Once you have calculated your number, spend some time studying the imagery on your card.
-What stands out to you the most?
-What do you like about the card?
-What do you dislike about the card? (insights into shadowwork for the year ahead).
-Can you identify potential challenges?
-Meditate on your card.
-Look up your fave tarot reference book or website for more information.
What To Do Next
-Do a tarot spread for the lessons of the year ahead using your card of the year as your significator card.
-Reference this card often over the year, and call upon its wisdom and strength when needed.
-Calculate your previous year's card and ask yourself how the card represented lessons you needed to learn in that year. These make great journalling topics and integrating shadow-work.
Missing and Repeated Year Cards
In a lifetime the average person will experience the majority of the Major Arcana as Year Cards. When a card is missing from your tarot cards of the year, this symbolises that the lesson and experience of that archetype behind it isn't necessary in your lifetime. Cards you repeat the most are your biggest lessons.
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