Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tarot: Finding Your Personality and Soul Cards

Tarot: Finding Your Personality and Soul Cards

Witch or not, you are likely aware of your astrological sign. I mean, it's kind of the hip thing to know. Hell, basic witches get their sign tattooed on them! I tease, I tease. Calm down! Your astrological sign probably says a lot about you, even if you don't believe in astrology. I am, without a doubt, a Libra. I strongly believe in justice and fairness, that people get what they deserve; I'm a people pleaser, a lover, and indecisive as all get out. However, there is more than just your astrological sign that describes you and your path in this world and the next. You have a personality and soul card in tarot that describes your journey in this life and your soul's overall purpose. Figuring out each of these cards is actually quite simple and can provide valuable insight into your life.

So what exactly is your personality and soul card?

Personality Card- This indicates the lesson you are supposed to learn in THIS life. This is a task that will keep you busy your entire life, and I am not talking about your job. I'm talking about things like learning forgiveness and acceptance, becoming self-aware, or simply growing into your own skin. These are big concepts, not small goals. You have a lesson to learn in this life and your personality card allows you to realize what that goal is. The path you take to get there is entirely up to you.

Soul Card- This indicates your soul's purpose. Many people believe in reincarnation, the idea that one's soul lives multiple life-times, returning after death to learn yet another lesson. Whether or not you actually put any stock into this idea is completely up to you, but that doesn't mean your soul card can't provide you with some more information. Your soul card is your deep trait, something that no matter what, it does not change. It doesn't change with age, sex, location (Hey there, big boy! asl? Throw back to chat rooms!), or time. Your soul card is your core, the very foundation you are built upon. It's the reason you respond the way you do to different situations, but don't use that as an excuse. Every tarot card has both "good" and "bad" traits. Using the cards as an excuse to behave poorly is a reflection of you, not the soul or personality card itself. It is also a reflection of your lack of progress to learn the lesson you are supposed to be learning. Keep that in mind.

Now your personality and soul cards can be the same. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, and it doesn't mean you are on your last reincarnation or whatever you believe. It could be your soul's very first trip here, or you could be in the middle. Some believe our souls reincarnate infinitely, learning and relearning lessons as we progress. Whatever you believe, don't be alarmed or snobbish if your personality and soul cards are the same. It is very common. However, it does mean that you are working on your soul's purpose in this lifetime and it makes you more focused.

So how exactly do you figure out your personality and soul cards? 22 Card Pick-Up is the name of the game! Throw them in the air and pick up 2 cards with your eyes closed. First is personality and second is soul. Done! Now reflect, witches! I'm kidding! Please don't throw your tarot cards. We are actually going to use your birthday and some numerology to figure out your cards.

STEP 1: How To Calculate Your Personality and Soul Cards

How to Calculate your Personality Card
To calculate your personality card, take the month, day, and full year of your birthday and add them together. Then add those numbers together until you get a number between 1 and 22.

For example I will use my birthday: October, 20, 1988 so

10 + 20 +1988 = 2018
Obviously 2018 is not between 1 and 22 so I need to add the numbers together.
2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11
11 is my personality card which corresponds to Justice. How fitting... Since 11 is not a single digit, my soul card is a different card.

How to Calculate Your Soul Card
To calculate your soul card, take your personality card and add of each of the numbers. If your personality card is a single number already, then your personality and soul cards are the same. I'll use my birthday as an example once again.

My personality card is card 11, Justice. Because 11 is a double digit, I need to add the numbers together to get my soul card.
1 + 1 = 2
2 is my soul card which corresponds to the High Priestess, again, how fitting.

Very simple don't you think?

Again, your personality and soul card can be the same thing. If your personality card is a single digit, then it is also your soul card. No more calculating needed.

Need more examples? I'll use some family and friends!

September 18, 1990
9 + 18 + 1990 = 2017
2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 so personality card is the Wheel of Fortune
1 + 0 = 1 so soul card is The Magician

March 1, 1962
3 + 1 + 1962 = 1966
1 + 9 + 6 + 6 = 22 so personality card is The Fool
2 + 2 = 4 so soul card is The Emperor

July 30, 1958
7 + 30 + 1958 = 1999
1 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 28 This is not between 1 and 22 so we need to add the digits together for the personality card.
2 + 8 = 10 so personality card is The Wheel of Fortune
1 + 0 = 1 so soul card is The Magician
On another note, this is really interesting that 2 family members have the same cards...

May 27, 1987
5 + 27 + 1987 = 2019
2 + 0 + 1 + 9 = 12 so personality card is The Hanged Man
1 + 2 = 3 so soul card is The Empress

January 21, 2012
1 + 21 + 2012 = 2034
2 + 0 + 3 + 4 = 9 this is a single digit so both personality and soul cards are The Hermit

I told you it was easy and hopefully with the plethora of examples you will easily be able to figure out your personality and soul cards.

STEP 2: Find Your Personality and Soul Cards

Once you calculate your numbers, use the list below to figure out what numbers are associated with which card. For personality and soul cards we only use the Major Arcana.

0 or 22 : The Fool
1: The Magician
2: The High Priestess
3: The Empress
4: The Emperor
5: The Hierophant
6: The Lovers
7: The Chariot
8: Strength
9: The Hermit
10: Wheel of Fortune
11: Justice
12: The Hanged Man
13: Death
14: Temperance
15: The Devil
16: The Tower
17: The Star
18: The Moon
19: The Sun
20: Judgement
21: The World

STEP 3: Write Down Your Impressions and Research

Once you have figured out your cards, it is time to begin working with them. If you have a deck already, go ahead and pull your personality and soul cards. Spend some time with each card looking over the pictures displayed on each. Write down any impressions the card gives you. If you want to, meditate on it or hedge ride to speak with your animal guide or teachers about the meaning of each card. After you have written down your impressions, it is time to do a little research. You may already know the meaning behind each card, and that is wonderful, but sometimes digging a little deeper can unveil some new information or reawaken aspects of each card you may have forgotten. Research the meaning and personality of each card, as well as what they mean when they are upright and reversed. The reverse meaning is just as important as the upright. It can help you determine some of your weaknesses and things holding you back from fulfilling your purpose. To learn more about the Major Arcana, check out A Little Spark of Joy's post covering each card in detail. Make sure to jot everything down in a notebook or your book of shadows. You'll want to be able to refer back to this information.

And there you have it! Finding your personality and soul cards is very easy and fun all at the same time.

I would love for you to share your cards in the comments below.


  1. Oh geez. I'm one of the lucky ones to have the same card for both personality and soul. The hermit. I am a novice with tarot so I googled it and came up with this site:

    It's eerie how accurate that feels for me.

    Thanks for your post! I've been exploring your blog all afternoon after re-committing myself to witchcraft recently, and the concept of hedgewitchery is really clicking for me. It aligns pretty perfectly with what I already do (though I'm only a beginner with divination and hedgeriding itself is new to me) I just didn't realize there was a name for what felt like a pretty personal belief system. Thanks for putting it all out there!

    1. The Hermit is quite the card and associated with learning the craft through deep introspection. I am glad you are recommitting! And I am glad you have found my blog helpful! Thank you so much for reading. I'm sorry if any of the images have been down. I am working on getting everything back up.

  2. Another The hermit for both here. Can't say I was surprised. Also recently decided to rededicate myself to this path, oddly enough!

    1. Look at you two! Haha! So glad you are back at it. Good luck with everything and thank you for reading.

    2. Isn't that interesting...! I've been having so many of these "coincidences" lately. I also had a rune reading done recently and it was all about new beginnings and sowing the seeds of things (potentially big things) to come. Hmmmmm.......

    3. Seems like the Universe is trying to tell you something.

  3. Well isn't that interesting I also have the Hermit for both. I've been searching for something for most of my life, some sort of deeper truth that I feel like I need to find.

    I recently stumbled on witchcraft and now that I know about it Hedgewitchery feels like a good fit for me. I'm so glad I heard about it.

    Thank you for making this blog!

    1. I am glad you are finding your way. Thank you for reading, and I'm happy to be of service!

  4. Greetings Willow!
    I enjoyed reading this blog entry and I found my Personality card and Soul card but I have two questions for you: first of all, I have an intermediate step in the calculation since my Personality card is 19 (The Sun). What do you think is the significance of this? Adding together those two digits gives me card 10 (The Wheel of Fortune) and then adding those two together gives me card 1 (The Magician). My second question is from a related observation: turns out my boyfriend's Personality card is also card 19! Do you see that as having a auspicious or ominous meaning?

    1. Your soul card should be a single digit, so it would be the Magician. As for your boyfriend and you having the same personality card I wouldn't say it is ominous. In fact, you guys should have a pretty good understanding of each other. Your personality card tells about your personality, and can also tell you how people see you, and how you will usually react with them. It is also what we have come to this life to learn, and better ourselves in. You guys are working through the same lesson, which should allow you guys to connect deeply. Thanks for reading!

  5. I got The Lovers <3 Not sure what that means, as I have yet to dive into Tarot cards

    1. That's awesome! The Tarot Room has a great article on the meaning of your card.

  6. I got The Hanged Man as my personality card, and The Empress as my soul card. This offers so much insight.

    1. Interesting! So glad you found it helpful!

  7. I've been researching tarot cards and readings all morning and I found everything you've said very helpful! I also only have one card for my personality and soul and it's The empress, I'm very excited to start reasearching more on these!

    1. That's fantastic! I'm glad you found my post helping. Good luck on your research!

  8. So I have the same sould and personality cards as you, and I've also gone by the name there any correlation between the cards and your pseudonym? This is my first time looking into soul and personality cards and I find the coincidence bizarre and intriguing.

    1. That's an interesting question! I honestly don't know, but I guess it would make since that people with the same cards would have similarities in their lives and what they are drawn to. Exciting to find a kindred soul out there!

  9. my birthday: October, 05, 1981
    So how to find my personality card, it can't between 1 to 22.
    And my soul card is "The Chariot"??
    How to meditation with them??

    1. Since 25 is not between 1 and 22 you add the 2 and 5 together to get 7, which is The Chariot. This means your soul and personality cards are the same, which is not unheard of. I would pull the card from your tarot deck, hold it in your hands, close your eyes, and lightly meditate to see if any messages come to you about the meaning of the card. The Tarot Room also has a great article on the meaning of your card that you can find below.

  10. Tarot reading is a personal activity and a very intuitive affair. To learn to read tarot cards, one must have a basic understanding of the tarot card meaning of each card, know the fundamental character traits of people represented by the four tarot card suits of the Minor Arcana and should be familiar with the different tarot card spreads in tarot. Here are some elementary tarot card reading instructions. 3 card tarot

  11. I got the hierophant which just perplexed me. I am also a libra, but feel more connected to my moon (Pisces) and rising (cancer) signs. Am I missing something?

    1. That actually totally makes since for a Libra. The Hierophant is one that stands firm in their convictions, has a clear definition of right and wrong, and is able to make good judgements. They are also the symbol of temperance. All of this is very characteristic of a Libra. I'm a Libra too, by the way.

  12. I got the hierophant which just perplexed me. I am also a libra, but feel more connected to my moon (Pisces) and rising (cancer) signs. Am I missing something?

    1. Hierophants tend to like tradition, not uncommon among libras honestly. How does it make you feel?

    2. so I got strength #8 personality and soul card but I had to share that I'm a Pisces with my moon in libra and cancer rising... I'm just getting into tarot readings and always have been intrigued by numerology as well as my astrology

  13. Mine are both the Hierophant (5). I am an Aries. I will have to research a little more and meditate on what this means for me personally....

  14. Before I started, I tried to think of what my lesson might be and I came to the conclusion that I'm here to learn self-discipline (because I'm bad at it). My personality card is the fool (totally me) and my soul card is the emperor.

    1. That's awesome! What a unique combination.

  15. I have the same card for each - The Lovers. Thanks for this SUPER helpful info! I will be sharing with my other witchy friends :) I had never heard of this before, so happy to have found this. Blessed Be!


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