Did you know that you have your own personal Major Arcana cards that suit your character and describe you? You can easily calculate them.
There's the soul card which you can calculate by adding all the single digits in your birthdate until you get a single digit number. This card tells you about what motivates you, what the major life issues are for you.
As an example I chose Barack Obama whose birthday is on August 4, 1961.
His soul card would be the High Priestess.
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This means he would for example be interested in understanding the nature of things, seeing beyond surface appearances and in understanding life's deeper secrets.
The personality card is calculated the same way only it can be any of the 22 Major Arcana. You add the digits until you get a number between 1 and 22. 22 stands for 0 (The Fool).
This card says what you show of your personality, what you display on the surface, how you express yourself and how you live your inner drive as symbolized by your soul card.
For Barack Obama this would be XI. So Strength if you follow the traditional numbering (like Crowley) or Justice if you follow Waite's changed numbering. I tend to use the traditional.
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Strength means that he is courageous and compassionate, trying to strike a good balance between tough and indulging, forceful and caring. It also points to a high level of self-confidence and leadership qualities.
In this fashion you can also calculate the card that will dominate the coming year for you by adding the digits for your birthday next year. In Barack Obama's case that is:
That's the Moon, which means he would have to be dealing with deep-rooted fears and worries, premonitions, creative processes that cost a lot of blood, sweat and tears, things that stir his subconscious a lot.
As this is a two-digit number it can be further contracted to make 9, the Hermit.
This also indicates a phase of introspection and looking for answers within oneself, rethinking one's convictions and attitudes.
Funnily enough I have the same cards for this year (although I don't share a birthday with Barack Obama).
Are you curious now? Well, go ahead and calculate your personal card for the year.
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