Tarot Profiles and Growth Charts
Tarot Profile refers to a system of tools spanning Tarot, Astrology and Numerology which are intended to provide a basic overview of an individual. Generating a profile begins with gathering the day, month and year of birth and performing a basic numerological calculation. From this Birth Card number, additional information about the subject can be gleaned for further analysis.
Example of a Birth Card calculation
Birthday falls on June 6, 1966
06 + 06 + 1966 = 1978
1 + 9 + 7 + 8 = 25
2 + 5 = 7
Some profile systems also include a Hidden Factor Card (comprised of a Shadow Card, Creativity Card or Teacher Card) and a Court Card, which are dependent on the individual's Birth Card.
Growth Charts and Growth Cycles
A Growth Chart is a table showing every year of an individual's life, characterized by a specific trump card and starting and ending on the birthday. The first row ("Age 0") is is determined by the Birth Card.
A Growth Cycle is a period of time in someone's life where their cards run in sequence. As soon as a new sequence begins, that is the start of a new growth cycle.
Example of a Growth Chart
(spirit choice, universal)
|0||1973||10 Fortune||Lessons & Opportunities||0 Fool||No path|
|1||1974||11 Strength/Lust||Lessons & Opportunities||1 Magician||Balance|
|2||1975||3 Empress||Balance||2 High Priestess||Balance|
|3||1976||4 Emperor||Balance||3 Empress||Balance|
|4||1977||5 Hierophant||Balance||4 Emperor||Balance|
For brevity, this chart is truncated after Age 4. The first card (Age 0) corresponds with the individual's Birth Card (also called lifetime personality symbol). Using cell coloring (not shown here), one can visually designate when particular Growth Cycle ends and a new one begins (in this example a new cycle begins at Age 2).
Origins of Profiles and Growth Cycles
In modern times, Angeles Arrien originated the concept of 'Lifetime Cards' which are comprised of a 'Personality Card', a 'Soul Card' and individual 'Year Cards' (see above). Arrien credited the Lifetime Cards to Mary K. Greer, who first mentioned these in Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation and later in Tarot Constellations: Patterns of Personal Destiny.