Top row: Robin Wood Tarot, Llewellyn Publishing
Middle row: The Blue Moon Tarot, Julie Cuccia Watts
Bottom row: Rider-Waite Tarot, U.S. Games
Do you believe in destiny?
Is it possible that by understanding the energies that
were in place at the time of your birth you can discover information
about what your life's destiny may be?
Many of us are aware that astrology is one
way to understand how the time and place of our birth may
affect our life's destiny.
You can also learn about the lessons and challenges
of your life's journey by understanding your Tarot profile
- the way that the numerology of your birthday corresponds
with the Tarot.
In this series of articles, I have explained
how to discover which of the Major Arcana cards (the 22 trump
cards) of the Tarot is your soul or destiny card.
The Major Arcana of the Tarot is often thought of as
a metaphor for the soul's path through its life lessons.
These twenty-two cards begin with the card of the Fool
(whose number is zero), and continue through the symbols and
archetypes until reaching completion and enlightenment, Number
21, the World. This
path is often called "The Fool's Journey."
In my most recent article, I discussed the
first three steps of this path - the Fool, who takes the leap
of faith, the Magician, who uses his will to manifest his
desire, and the High Priestess, who represents the dark, mysterious,
intuitive side of the sacred Feminine.
From these three beginning steps, we are
upon the Fool's Path in earnest, with the next phase of it
being focused on issues revolving around power and creativity.
For people whose date of birth reduces to
21, 12, and/or 3, the Empress is your guiding card.
She is the other face of the sacred Feminine - the
Great Mother. She
represents the fertile, creative union of the Magician and
the High Priestess.
The destiny of Empress people revolves around their
need to create, to give birth to their dreams.
They are nurturers, they feel that comfort and beauty
are as necessary as air or water, and they are deeply aware
of the connection of all life.
On the other hand, they need to be careful not to smother
the people they love, and must take care to not be too bossy,
even if (as they will always believe) it is for their loved
ones' own good. If
you are ruled by the Empress, you are ruled by love, and your
life's task is to turn your creative imagination into lush,
Some famous Empress profiles include Johann
Goethe, Amelia Earhart, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Mead, Colette,
Robert Kennedy, Judy Garland, Miles Davis, and Bill Cosby.
If the Empress is about the ruling power
of love, the next profile is about how to wield earthly power
and might - for these are the people of the Emperor.
If your birthday reduces to 22, 13, or 4, the Emperor
is the key to understanding your birth's energy.
Emperor people have their life lessons focused on establishing
security, father issues, as well as when and how to use physical
force. They are
deeply concerned with the nature of the life force itself
and may come to terms with their mortality by creating a legacy
that will continue beyond their death.
Emperor people seek mastery of their chosen
professions, and find it very difficult to work under other
They are born leaders, and very organized, although
they are also explorers and love the process of discovery.
If you are under the influence of the Emperor, you
need not fear your own substantial charisma and power.
You are an inventor, a dynamic leader, and have the
potential to build new worlds.
You share your Tarot profile with such dynamic
innovators and leaders as Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin,
Haile Selassie, Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Richard Wagner,
and Marie Curie.
There is another kind of power and authority
with which we are familiar.
While the Emperor wields earthly power, the next figure
in the Tarot is the Hierophant - representing the power of
law, knowledge, and spiritual teachings. The word Hierophant means "Speaker of Mysteries" and it represents
the bridge between the power of the ruler (the Emperor) and
the ordinary public.
If your date of birth reduces to 14 or 5,
the Hierophant is the Tarot card that represents your karmic
tasks and challenges.
Hierophant people are skilled in making complex information
understandable to the public; they are teachers, storytellers,
and trusted advisors.
If you are under the influence of the Hierophant, you
are ruled by your deeply developed conscience, and morals
and values are of great importance to you.
Beware of a tendency at times to be self-righteous.
Part of your work in this life will be to develop compassion
and forgiveness. Learn
to lighten up, remember that you are human and everyone makes
mistakes sometimes; for Hierophants, it may be the very best
way for you to learn.
William Blake, Paul Cezanne and his colleague
Auguste Renoir, Malcolm X, Abraham Lincoln, Mao Tse Tung,
Helen Keller, Georgia O'Keefe, John Steinbeck, and Alan Watts
are just a few of the many leaders and artists who have achieved
greatness under the Hierophant's influence.
Coming next time, we'll finish examining
the main archetypes of the Tarot profile, including the Lovers,
the Chariot, Strength, and the Hermit.
Then we'll examine how the remaining Major Arcana cards
tie in with these nine basic themes.