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Tarot as a Self-Development Tool - Your Soul, Personality and Shadow Cards
I strongly believe the best reason for consulting the tarot is to gain the information you need to produce the outcomes you desire. I often find while consulting the cards, for my clients and myself that it is we ourselves who stand in the way of the achievement of our needs and wants. Tarot invariably points to the path of spiritual growth and understanding.
An experienced tarot reader has easy access to this path via her/his knowledge of the cards but where can someone with little or no knowledge of the tarot start?
The answer lies in discovering your key cards - called your soul, personality and shadow cards. At any given moment we reflect an image found in the tarot. Your key cards reflect you for this lifetime. These cards are found by combining a bit of numerology with the tarot. You take your birth date and numerologically reduce it to a single digit. Your soul card is the corresponding card from the major arcana of the tarot.
If while reducing, you get a number less than 21, that number represents your personality card, otherwise your soul and personality cards are the same.
Your shadow card is the card whose number numerologically reduces to the number of your soul card.
For example, my birth date is 22 August 1955. So I add 2+2+8+1+9+5+5 = 32 „_ 3+2 = 5. This makes my soul and personality card 5 - The Heirophant, and my shadow card 14 - Temperance.
If your birth number is 1, your soul card is 1- The Magician, your personality card is 10 - The Wheel of Fortune and your shadow card is 19 - The Sun.
If your birth number is 2, your soul card is 2 - The High Priestess, your personality card is 11 - Strength and your shadow card is 20 - Judgement.
If your birth number is 3, your soul card is 3 - The Empress, your personality card is 12 - The Hanged Man and your shadow card is 21 - The World.
If your birth number is 4, your soul and personality card is 4 - The Emperor, your shadow card is 13 - Death.
If your birth number is 5, your soul and personality card is 5 - The Heirophant, your shadow card is 14 - Temperance.
If your birth number is 6, your soul and personality card is 6 - The Lovers, your shadow card 15 - The Devil.
If your birth number is 7, your soul and personality card is 7 - The Chariot, your shadow card 16 - The Tower.
If your birth number is 8, your soul and personality card is 8 - Justice, your, shadow card 17 - The Star.
If your birth number is 9, your soul and personality card is 9 - The Hermit, your shadow card 18 - The Moon.
Once you've identified your soul, personality and shadow cards - begin your studies there. Seek out images of your card - seek out interpretations - you will find many with a simple search. As you advance in your study - try creating your own version of your cards. Many seekers find that study of their soul, personality and shadow cards provides them with invaluable information about themselves. I know it has for me.
I offer free soul card readings on my website.