Tarot Birth Cards – Judgment/High Priestess


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 – “Tarot, Birth Cards and You: Keys To Empowerment” (http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764339028), incorporating images from Karyn 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 http://www.tarotconnection.net, who developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.

Our eleventh pair of Birth Cards are the Judgment (Key 20) and the High Priestess (Key 2). Some of the associations for these cards are:


Astrological Sign: Pluto
Keywords: new perceptions, being reborn, renewed sense of purpose, coming to terms with your own actions, atonement, bringing together diverse partsof your personality, resisting change/transformation, running from one’s issues, feeling boxed in, lack of perspective, being overly critical.

The High Priestess:

Astrological Sign: The Moon
Keywords: inner wisdom, connection with intuition, women’s mysteries, seclusion, hidden information, dreamtime, anima (female part of personality), inability to connect with intuition, inability to access dreamtime, becoming either too social or too isolated, insincerity

The theme for this lifetime is the ability to observe, to the point of making good judgments in an objective manner. The ability to access one’s intuition, to communicate, and to accept new ideas.

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. Judgment and the High Priestess represent the two aspects of the gateway into a 20/2 lifetime. Judgment is ruled by Pluto, placing the focus on personal will and determination, and on tearing down and rebuilding.The individual learns to make objective observations and then place this information to work in their life.

The High Priestess is ruled by the Moon, placing the focus on intuition and self-trust. She has balanced energies, with a strong connection to dreamtime, the unconscious, intuition and the feminine mysteries.

Judgment and the High Priestess set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses their ability to be objective in their observations about themselves, and the people and issues surrounding them. Judgment is all about releasing our limitations. How we think and act, about ourselves and others, sets the tone for a heaven or hell type of lifetime. Once we release thelimitations from our past, we experience a spiritual awakening.

The High Priestess is all about hidden wisdom, the feminine mysteries, dreamtime, and our intuitive selves. Because the High Priestess has the ability to work with her unconscious mind, she has a strong connection to her psychic, as well as her intuitive, ability. Her wisdom comes from expereince over many lifetimes. The High Priestess connects us with the realm of Spirit.

A 20/2 (Judgment/High Priestess) individual empowers themselves by releasing the past, and tuning in to dreamtime, and their own psychic/intuitive abilities.

Images from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, Karyn Easton, 2008, paranormality.com.

© January 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

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