Life Path Tarot Card

We cardslingers have  more than a few little rituals we enjoy following. one of these is calculating the Life Path Card for the year ahead. This can be done any time, but is usually done on birthdays or at the turning of the calendar year. The Life Path Card can offer us advice or an overall theme for the year ahead.

For those of  who are unfamiliar with calculating the Life Path card, it combines the numerological practice of number reduction with the major arcana. The math is straightforward and easy: take the numbers of your birth month and day, add them to the calendar year, then reduce down and number that is 23 or higher –  this means any resulting number of 22 or lower does not require further reduction. If you get 22, it applies to The Fool (card 0) which is reassigned for the simple purpose of making sure The Fool gets to come out and play in this exercise as well.

It’s really quite easy!

As an example, if your birthdate is on July 22nd, and the calendar year you wish  to calculate for is 2018, the math will look like this:

7+2+2+2018 = 2029

Reduce down by adding the resulting numbers: 2+2+9 = 13

In this instance, card 13 is Death, and so that would be your Life Path Card for the year (kinda ironic, I know – I swear I pulled that birthdate at random!)


“Okay, so the Death card doesn’t really mean Death, right?” – Pagan Otherworlds Tarot


Don’t forget that if you reduce down and get 22, assign this number to The Fool, as that card carries no number otherwise.

Try calculating your or your friend’s/family’s Life Path cards as a New Year or Birthday gift – it’s a fun way to get a little tarot practice in while sharing your love of reading cards!