A Year Card (sometimes called your Birthday Tarot Card) is one from the Major Arcana, calculated through basic numerology, that is said to represent your year. As with all Card Readings, whether the message is seen as destiny, something to aim for, or do work to avoid, is up to the individual. The cards pose questions and possibilities; advice for you to accept or reject. Likewise, some people suggest it applies for the 12 months that begin on that date while others apply it to the calendar year in which the birthday occurs.
The calculation is simple- add up the individual digits of the date in question- your day of birth, or the annual celebration thereof, and reduce it to a number less than 23. The result is the number of a Major Arcana card; with a 22 generally being read as Major #0- The Fool. I will use myself as an example. I was born on July 25, 1958. Adding 0+7+2+5+1+9+5+8=37. 3+7=10. So my Day of Birth Tarot Card is Major Arcana card #10- The Wheel of Fortune. And boy do I feel that.
For next year’s card the math is 0+7+2+5+2+0+2+2=20. Here we have a choice; some people stick with the first result less than 23. Major #20 is Judgement. Some prefer to continue to reduce it to the lowest result. 20 reduces as 2+0=2 and Major #2 is The High Priestess. Of course one can decide to use all these cards, or pick whichever feels right.
There are various websites that offer methods of pulling two cards- adding the Month & Day for one number, and the Year for the second. Another site calculates three cards- set your intention and grab a calculator.
For 2022, my Card of the Year is #20, XX Judgement. Shown here are that card from 3 newish decks:
(from Left to Right)
# The Pride Tarot (from US Games);
# ETA (Emerging Toronto Artists) Tarot;
# The Somnia Tarot (by Nicolas Bruno).
At first glance that name, and the common illustrations, may be a bit scary. Who wants to be judged? Or, more precisely, who wants to be judged and found wanting?
Being judged as a winner- or the winner is a pretty good feeling (note that some traumas in society make people very uncomfortable with being told they’re winners).
For me, this card indicates that something is coming to an end; project, phase of life, etc. Major XIII Death also tends to indicate something ending; so I see XX Judgement as being an ending wrapped up in evaluation. Perhaps a strong suggestion that we need to pause and consider not only what we learned (or didn’t) but what others perceive from the outcome.
As queer folx, we are very sensitized to society judging us- Cassandra Snow has a great discussion of Major XX in that context in their book Queering the Tarot* (see pages 62-65).
For me, this card is a reminder of 1 of the 6 Steps in Gratitude & Trust as well as the ubiquitous 12 Steps; if we are taking responsibility for our actions we inherently are reviewing and judging them.
Keep in mind that this card leads to Major XXI The World– which will be my card for 2023 (or one of them, if I chose to reduce further). This generally indicates the successful (however defined) of a major journey, task, or life. A desirable, positive outcome. Certainly something to look forward to; and work toward.
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** If anyone says you must do any aspect of the Mystical Arts only their way, run. Fundamentalism is the antithesis of the heart and soul of spiritual growth.