A Year Card (sometimes called your Birthday Tarot Card) is one from the Major Arcana, calculated through basic numerology, that is said to represent your year. As with all Card Readings, whether the message is seen as destiny, something to aim for, or do work to avoid, is up to the individual. The cards pose questions and possibilities; advice for you to accept or reject. Likewise, some people suggest it applies for the 12 months that begin on that date while others apply it to the calendar year in which the birthday occurs.
The calculation is simple- add up the individual digits of the date in question- your day of birth, or the annual celebration thereof, and reduce it to a number less than 23. The result is the number of a Major Arcana card; with a 22 generally being read as Major #0- The Fool. I will use myself as an example. I was born on July 25, 1958. Adding 0+7+2+5+1+9+5+8=37. 3+7=10. So my Day of Birth Tarot Card is Major Arcana card #10- The Wheel of Fortune. And boy do I feel that.
For next year’s card the math is 0+7+2+5+2+0+2+1=19. Here we have a choice; some people stick with the first result less than 23. Major #19 is The Sun. As a Leo, that’s a great card to draw. Update: new post on my 2022 Card.
Some prefer to continue to reduce it to the lowest result. 19 reduces as 1+9=10 (Major #10 is Wheel of Fortune) which then reduces 1+0=1, Major #1; The Magician. Of course one can decide to use all these cards, or pick whichever feels right. The image here shows my three possible cards for next year, taken from The Pride Tarot deck by US Games. (This is not an affiliate link; I strongly encourage folks to use amzn only as a supplier of last resort.)
There are various websites that offer methods of pulling two cards- adding the Month & Day for one number, and the Year for the second. Another site calculates three cards- set your intention and grab a calculator.
If you live in North America I’ll send you a physical copy and reading of your (updated!) 2022 Year Card for a US$10 donation through my Ko-Fi web page. For a limited time, you can also receive a meditation prompt card from Sister Flirt’s Meditation Tin & Traveling Altar. See the Ko-Fi page for complete terms and details.