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The energy of the year can be accurately defined by the resulting card, giving insight into the underlying patterns that you may be dealing with over the coming months. Seen as a kind of “mandala for the year”, I find that the Birth Card can be a handy focus tool for decision-making, planning, and reorientation when things seem to be going astray. The numbering system that I use works with all Thoth & TdM style decks.
Wishing all my readers the courage to face the changes ahead in 2023, a year to know what to pack and when to leave the past behind you.
If your number is One, Ten or Nineteen (which all reduce to one), 2023 will be The Year of The Magus, and will incorporate the energies of the following cards:
The Magus-Fortune-The Sun
I. The source is One, whence things are brought to be, for chaos is the Primal Unity.
Giving yourself the permission you need to seek your heart’s desire brings success. As you connect to all that is creative and joyful in your life, you allow the forces of change and opportunity to flow towards you, and as the wheel turns, all things are possible. You become the master of your own destiny.
If your number is Two, Eleven, Twenty (all reduce to two), 2023 will be The Year of The Priestess and will incorporate the energies of the following cards: The Priestess-Lust-The Aeon
II. In Two divide the source and end apart to yield the Goal, at which is aimed the start.
Finding true passion in your life becomes imperative this year, as you journey to unite yourself with your true spiritual path. Strength grows when you recognise that your connection with the divine, allows you to express your deepest desires with authenticity, and in this way, you recognise that your whole life can be transformed.If your number is Three, Twelve or Twenty One (all reduce to three), 2023 will be the year of The Empress, and will incorporate the energies of the following cards: The Empress-The Hanged Man-The Universe
III. The Three goes forth, the difference to transcend; The First Perfection: middle, start and end.
Finding that beauty is all around you, even in the unlikeliest places, will help you see that all is not as it appears at first.You hold the seeds of the future in your arms but must have the patience to know that the future is waiting for you when you can find enough courage to let go of the present and walk through the doorway into what happens next. If your number is Four or Thirteen (both reduce to four), 2023 will be the year of The Emperor and will incorporate the energies of Death & The Emperor
IIII. By Four-square poise an Order is defined, in double pairs the disjoint poles to bind.
Releasing what is no longer relevant in your life makes way for building a new personal authority. Endings and loss may surround you this year, but have faith in the process and the knowledge that you will emerge more robust, more stable and more definite about your path in life as a result. If your number is Five or Fourteen (both reduce to five), 2023 is the year of The Hierophant and will incorporate the energies of The Hierophant & Art
V. The Five erupts beyond the ordered bounds; the Crisis shows another world surrounds.
A year of rebalancing and transformation continues after last year’s losses and difficulties. This year you are invited to make sense of all that has happened to you recently and to understand the true nature of your deepest self. Listening to the voice of your own heart leads you deeper and deeper into the gold at the end of the rainbow as you feel reborn into a more vital awareness of your place in the universe. If your number is Six or Fifteen (both reduce to six), 2023 is the year of The Lovers and will blend the energies of The Lovers & The Devil.
VI. By Six degrees the high and low are wed, and Second the Perfection that is bred.
Events that reveal your deepest fears lead you into a place where you are forced to contemplate your strengths and weaknesses on a most intimate level. Experiences that confront you with shame, lust, desire and darkness can illuminate your shadow and instigate healing on a most profound level. Wholeness, renewed vitality, and a more vital awareness of what it means to have a balanced relationship will be the reward of your hard-won experiences. If your number is Seven or Sixteen (both reduce to seven), 2023 is the year of The Chariot and will blend the energies of The Chariot & The Tower
VII. By Seven the array is forced to flee, and yet it holds a Hidden Unity.
Facing the demand for change that is arising strongly within, despite the fear of destruction, leads you into turmoil and uncertainty. Facing the future with a firm grasp, inner focus, and the knowledge that anything lost has outlived its purpose will help you to step free of the outdated structures that have been holding you a prisoner of the past. If your number is Eight or Seventeen (both reduce to eight). 2023 is the year of Adjustment, where you have the opportunity to blend the forces of Adjustment & The Star
VIII. By Eight degrees the wheel of nature rolls; Reciprocation balances the poles.
Reorienting your life, and making changes on the physical and material level, will help you to develop a structural framework for the profound inner changes that will come the following year. The balance that has been lacking in your life in the past will provide a harmonious place from which you can envision the spiritual changes that follow. In this way, you can expect a life where heaven and earth can meet in a perpetual; dance of life. If your number is Nine or Eighteen (both reduce to nine), you are in the last year of the cycle, the year of The Hermit, which incorporates the energies of The Hermit & The Moon
IX. The Nine includes the center with the wheel: the Third Perfection, dawn of the ideal.
You are in the final year of a nine-year cycle, breaking down all that has gone before. Your journey will lead you finally into the places that you most fear. As you walk away from the comfort of the light, you will be challenged to face all the things you have been afraid to deal with thus far. By illuminating what you most fear, you will discover that the essence of your power lies in the very place you have been afraid to look, the inner mystery that you have been searching for.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and that you will join me for more tarot, astrology and assorted shenanigans in 2023. 🙂
Number Verses from the most excellent website of John Opsopaus
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