The Numerology of Tarot

Every card in a Tarot deck has an numerological association. These numbers are based on the principles of numerology and represent a material and spiritual evolutionary process that begins with the number 1 and ends with the number 9.

The key for when you hit the double digits is to break them down to a single digit by adding them together. For example: The Wheel of Year is labeled 10. To find its associations you would add 1+0=1. Its association is 1.

Here is a breakdown of the associations as found in "Tarot Made Easy" by Nancy Garen. Esoteric meanings are the hidden or underlying message; the mundane is the everyday occurrences and the third section is what it means when you draw multiple cards of the same number. Click on a number below to be taken to that section.

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THE NUMBER ONE

Esoteric: This number represents inspiration or aspiration. It deals with that which is about to take form.

Mundane:Positive qualities: creation, ideas, beginnings, will, invention, originality, drive, incentive, determination, independence
Negative: Willfulness, selfishness, undue force

In a Reading: Many Ones would indicate that a situation is about to begin or is in the beginning stages, and some or all of the positive or negative aspects mentioned above will be involved.

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THE NUMBER TWO

Esoteric: 2 is to assimilate and envision. Its success is not gained by force, but by patients

Mundane: Positive: Waiting, sharing, balance, receptivity, diplomacy, gentle persuasion, application, agreement, insight.
Negative: Duality, intolerance, impatience, imbalance

In a Reading: Many 2s indicate a waiting period where there will be partial success but more to be revealed later. The also indicate a reconciliation, reunion and/or an element of surprise.

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THE NUMBER THREE

Esoteric: 3s represent expression. It is the cementing factor of 1 and 2 and goes through to 4 to bring about that which is desired and envisioned.

Mundane: Positive: Communication, feeling, enjoying, sharing, self-expression, having fun, playing, love, friendship, popularity.
Negative: Withholding communication, scattered energies, overreacting, over indulging, criticism.

In a Reading: Multiple 3s in a reading indicate group activities or situations involving more than one person. They can also indicate delay but with the promise of future success.

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THE NUMBER FOUR

Esoteric: 4 is manifestation. It is the result of a well-built foundation and proper application. It is what comes as a result of desire, imagination and emoting.

Mundane: Positive: practical application, formation, foundation, concentration, organization, working, building, planning
Negative: plodding, exacting or dull work, too much attention on the material, limitation, blocks and opposition.

In a Reading: Many 4s indicate fruition or the manifestation of an idea along with a foundation where things can grow.

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THE NUMBER FIVE

Esoteric: 5 is about change, expansion and recreation. It also represents the desire to know, which demands that one must look to both the material and spiritual realm in order to extract the truth.

Mundane: Positive: Curiosity, spirituality, new thinking, new opportunities, magnetism, attraction, good fortune, travel or adventure.
Negative: defeatism, dogmatism, fear of change, misfortune, failure

In a Reading: Many 5s indicate change, challenge and fluctuation. They also indicate material prosperity but spiritual poverty if not properly balanced.

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THE NUMBER SIX

Esoteric: 6 is adjustment. It brings harmony between the higher and lower numbers

Mundane: Positive: Harmony, balance, compassion, service, responsibility, social consciousness, domesticity, love, care, comfort, concern
Negative: disharmony, discord, lack of concern or responsibility toward others, too fixed in opinion or beliefs, anxiety, interference.

In a Reading: Many 6s indicate adjustments in thoughts, attitudes or conditions. They also represent the ability to transcend difficulties.

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THE NUMBER SEVEN

Esoteric: 7s is faith - faith in the things that can't b seen, but nevertheless exists. 7 must know the ultimate truths, it is through experience that understanding develops and faith in the unknown is attained.

Mundane: Positive: Faith, observation, investigation, meditation, discovery, knowledge, wisdom, perfection
Negative: Fear, faithlessness, pessimism, skepticism, doubt, ignorance,e escapism

In a Reading: Many 7s indicate a period of introspection or solitude. They also indicate unlooked for advantages or gain.

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THE NUMBER EIGHT

Esoteric: 8 is power - power that springs from within and enables one to accomplish that which one sets out to do.

Mundane: Positive: capability, spiritual fortitude, success, recognition, accomplishment, attainment
Negative: abuse of power, over emotionalism, strain, oppression and lack

In a Reading: Many 8s indicate a positive change of mind or status because the power of 8 is rarely diluted, even with all the negativity mentioned above.

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THE NUMBER NINE

Esoteric: 9 is completion. But it also contains the seeds of a new beginning about to take root.

Mundane: Positive:Fulfillment, selflessness, impersonal love, magnetism, idealism, giver of wisdom or inspiration
Negative: Personal loss, emotional extremes, having to let go of that which is cherished.

In a Reading: Many 9s in a reading mean that situations or events are nearing completion or have just been completed and another plateau awaits.

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Numerology and the Pip Cards

Each card is numbered Ace (1) through 10. These numbers hold an association of their own.

1. New beginnings, opportunity, potential
2. Balance, duality, a crossroad or choice, partnership
3. Initial achievement of goals, growth, creativity, abundance
4. Structure, foundation, stability, stagnation
5. Instability, conflict, loss, opportunity for change, new cycle
6. Communication, problem-solving, cooperation, balance, relaxation
7. reflection, assessment, motives, spirituality, wisdom, perfect order
8. Movement, action, change, power, rebirth, regeneration, reevaluate
9. Fruition, attainment, bringing things to a conclusion
10. Completion, end of a cycle, renewal

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