Tarot By Numbers

You may have already heard that tarot cards and numerology go hand in hand. The majority of the cards in a tarot deck are associated with a number and these numbers contribute towards the meaning of that card. All 22 cards in the Major Arcana have an associated number along with 40 of the 56 cards in the Minor Arcana. The remaining 16 are the court cards, which are not numbered as they are associated with personality types.

The numerology in the cards span from zero to nine, however, there is only one card with a numerology of zero (The Fool). Although the Major Arcana carries many double digits, it is easier to narrow them down to one number by adding the numbers together. For example, The World carries the number 21, so you must add 2 and 1 together to get the single digit of 3. Tarot cards with the number 10 can either be added together and associated with the number 1 or could be interpreted together as a 10.

Using numerology with tarot cards is one of the best ways to start out as a beginner. You don't have to go out and memorise all 78 card meanings before you begin reading the cards. Tarot is about intuition and by using numerology as a base, learning the cards and improving your intuition will be much easier to do. So here is a little guide to numerology and how you can interpret it into your tarot readings!



Associated cards: The Fool

The Fool is the first card of the tarot deck and is the only card with the numerology of zero. Zero is a powerful number as it indicates nothing, with the potential for everything. It suggests a fresh start with a blank page ready for your next adventures. The slate has now been wiped clean and is ready to begin afresh.



Associated Cards: The Magician, Ace of Wands, Ace of Swords, Ace of Cups, Ace of Pentacles

The number one is the beginning. It's the first step into a journey and that's exactly what it represents in tarot; the start of something new. When you come across ones in tarot, it is time to put all your ideas and inspirations together and create a new opportunity for yourself. One indicates that you have potential to succeed but firstly, you must take that first step.



Associated Cards: The High Priestess, Justice, Judgement, Two of Wands, Two of Swords, Two of Cups, Two of Pentacles

Two represent union and asks that you create balance, love and harmony in your life and your relationships with others. It's a number of purpose and can indicate that choices may need to be made in order to move forward. These choices could create a waiting period in your life, but as two is a positive number, everything will work out in the end.



Associated Cards: The Empress, The Hanged Man, The World, Three of Wands, Three of Swords, Three of Cups, Three of Pentacles

Three is a creative number and represents an abundance of inspiration in your life. Three in tarot indicates that you are close to completing the first stage of your journey and, therefore, represents growth and achievement. It also suggests that you're working in a group involved and could indicate that you're finding it difficult to work in synchronicity (three's a crowd).



Associated cards: The Emperor, Death, Four of Wands, Four of Swords, Four of Cups, Four of Pentacles

Four is a number of stability and suggests that you have now set the foundations for your project, giving you the ability to manifest your plans into an action. Fours in tarot suggest growth and evolution in your personal development. It can also suggest a feeling of disappointment and stagnation in your journey, but reminds you that patience is a virtue and everything will work out eventually.



Associated cards: The Hierophant, Temperance, Five of Wands, Five of Swords, Five of Cups, Five of Pentacles

The number five is associated with challenges and conflict and could suggest a lack of stability within yourself. The five in tarot indicates that you may need higher guidance in order to make the necessary changes in your life in order to transform. You must look within yourself in order to find the answers you seek and move forward in life.




Associated cards: The Lovers, The Devil, Six of Wands, Six of Swords, Six of Cups, Six of Pentacles

Six is a number of adjustment and harmony within yourself, as well as focusing on your own needs and solving necessary problems in your life.  A six in tarot represents a time where you're finding solutions to your problems and overcoming obstacles that have been placed in your way. It is the light at the end of a very long tunnel.



Associated cards: The Chariot, The Tower, Seven of Wands, Seven of Swords, Seven of Cups, Seven of Pentacles

Seven is a number of deep understanding and personal development through self-discovery and spirituality. You must take a step back and enter a period of solitude and introspection in order to re-evaluate your life and see things for what they really are. Sevens ask that you have faith in the Universe to provide you with the knowledge that you need to go forward.  



Associated cards: Strength, The Star, Eight of Wands, Eight of Swords, Eight of Cups, Eight of Pentacles

Eight is a number of luck and justice and suggests that karma is on your side. Positivity is in the air and changes are coming your way that will provide you with the success that you desire. You're on the right track and by channelling the power that is deep inside of you, you will set yourself up to achieve your goals successfully.



Associated cards: The Hermit, The Moon, Nine of Wands, Nine of Swords, Nine of Cups, Nine of Pentacles

Nine is a number of conclusion and suggests that you are now at the final stages of your journey and are so close to the completion that you desire. It is a sign of fulfilment and inspiration and suggests that your motivation to finish what you've started and move on to something new is fuelling your fire.



Associated Cards: Wheel of Fortune, The Sun, Ten of Wands, Ten of Swords, Ten of Cups, Ten of Pentacles

Ten is the ultimate goal; the finishing line. It is a number of completion and represents coming full circle and reaching your final milestone. All of your goals have been reached and your hard work has finally paid off. Ten is one on a higher level (1+0) and suggests that now that this door has closed, another has opened, providing you with new and exciting possibilities.


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