Numerology and the tarot are two crafts that have a lot in common. For one thing, they both rely on the interpretation of symbols in order to read current situations and the future. Generally, people think that astrology and tarot have more in common- but the truth is that there is a pretty strong connection between tarot and the numbers. In fact, it's a good idea for any student of tarot to understand the significance that numerology holds in relation to the cards.
A number of studies have suggested that many of the meanings of tarot cards are actually based in numerology. After all, the numbers play a very important role in the cards themselves. Every tarot deck has 78 cards with 22 being in the Major Arcana and 56 being in the Minor Arcana. Of these two, numbers perhaps play a stronger role with the Minor Arcana. These cards are split into four groups of fourteen. Apart from that, these cards also correspond to a particular number. Certain numbers are said to represent evolution while others represent confusion.
The numbers themselves are divided into masculine and feminine numbers. In general, the odd numbers are seen as forceful and hence more masculine. Even numbers are seen to be balanced and feminine. Some researchers have drawn parallels between the 10 'pip' cards and the ten fingers on the hand. In any case, the connection between tarot and the numbers remains pretty clear. Understanding the meaning of these numbers can result in a clearer tarot reading.
When it comes to numerology and the tarot, the connection starts right at the beginning, with the number zero. We already know that this is the number assigned to the Fool card in the Major Arcana. The Fool is one of the most important cards in the tarot, as it represents the Innocent at the outset of a new journey. Accordingly, the number zero represents potential and new beginnings. The number 1 is said to represent creation and individuality. If zero is the potential, then 1 can be seen to represent this potential coming to fruition.
The number 2 is said to represent both duality and coupling. The latter can mean the coming together of complementary forces as well as opposing ones. 3 is said to represent the coming together of different forces in order to create something. In general, it is associated with the mother goddess and her three aspects, namely virgin, Mother and crone. The number 4 is pretty important as it represents the four elements as well as the four directions. It is generally seen to represent the manifestation of material reality- it is also associated with the family.
The number 5 is also very important in numerology and tarot. Five is the number of senses we have as well as the number of digits that we have on each limb. More importantly, five is the number associated with the symbol of the pentagram. However in terms of numerology, it can be seen to represent a moment of crisis. It can also signal a period of instability or change in a certain situation.