Over the next year I am going to be writing about Tarot Birth Cards, what they mean and how we can work with them. I use the system of Tarot Birth Cards developed by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School (www.tarotschool.com). Using the Seeker’s birth data (month, day and year), pairs of birth cards are defined. (For more information, and to calculate your own Birth Cards, go to http://tarotschool.com/Calculator.html.)
Please note: I have a book being published by Schiffer Books in fall of 2011 – , “Keys To Empowerment”, incorporating images from Karyn’s Easton’s “Tarot Lovers Tarot”. This was to have been a joint project (book and deck published together), but the decision was made to publish both separately, which I find very exciting! Karyn has a Birth Card calculator up on her site, where you can also view her incredible deck (it really is!) –http://paranormality.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml.
A special thanks to Leisa ReFalo www.tarotconnection.net, who developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.
Our third pair of Birth Cards are the Hanged Man (Key 12) and the Empress (Key 3). Some of the associations for these cards are:
The Hanged Man –
Astrological Sign: Water
Keywords: Surrender, acceptance, recognizing the patterns that bind us, a need to consider options, depression, self-imposed limitations, lack of progress, wanting to act, but having no direction, procrastination, boredom.
The Empress –
Astrological Sign: Venus
Keywords: Nurturing, mothering, creativity, fertility, grounding of energy, abundance, harmony, prosperity, self-indulgence, withdrawing from others, frigid, not feeling empowered.
The Theme for this lifetime is: Learning to surrender and accept life, and the ability to give and receive love and compassion.
We can choose to do personal work with our own Birth Cards, we can use Birth Cards in conjunction with a reading for a client (place their birth cards, drawn from a deck other than the one you are reading with, above the spread(s) laid out for them). The spread(s) are then read through the lens of perception of the Seeker’s Birth Cards. As added value, a reader could give their client scans of their Birth Cards, along with a short write-up about them. Readers can also use the Birth Card system to better understand other people in their own lives (family, co-workers, friends etc.).
The key to bringing balance to any lifetime is that of understanding how and where your Birth Cards are operating in your life. The Hanged Man is all about reflection, about taking a time out to look at the bigger picture, to see both the light and the shadow, and to note where you are in the cycle of life.
The Empress, ruled by Venus, places focus on creativity, love and nurturing, of self and others. With the Empress we see the need for the practical application of one’s skills and abilities. The Empress listens to her intuition to know where to place her attention and energy.
The Hanged Man and the Empress set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses the lessons of life – spiritual life with the Hanged Man, physical life with the Empress. The time out that the Hanged Man needs to take acts as a form of detachment, while the Empress, as she surveys her universe, is involved in the minutia of life.
A 12/3 (Hanged Man/Empress) individual empowers themselves by quieting their minds so that they can look at their lives with fresh eyes. There is a need to see thoughts and actions clearly, so that bonds from the past can be released and the individual can move forward. We need to look closely at eh “why” of our actions, in order to move away from victim mentality. This individual also need to look at their own creative nature, and develop the abilities that they were born with. They need to focus on grounding and centering, and connecting with their natural environment. The Empress brings with her the ability to see abundance and beauty all around us, to view the world as a fertile place in which to grow our ideas and ourselves. The Empress initiates change with her creative thoughts.
We are what we tell ourselves we are. When we understand why we make the decisions that we do, we can look at the decisions that are not bringing us happiness, and rethink them. If our decisions are not taking us where we want to go, we have a disconnect in our life. A 12/3 lifetime is all about where the Seeker is in their life. The Hanged Man is moving away from the details of the physical world. He is looking for enlightenment and inner wisdom. The Empress is intimately involved with the minute details of life, protecting those in her realm, nurturing the life around her and appreciating the abundance in her world.
Images from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, Karyn Easton, 2008, paranormality.com
© March 2011 Bonnie Cehovet