If you’ve been following my work for a while (and especially if you’re a member of my Birthday Club!), you know that I love to explore the Tarot birth cards.
Wait! You’re not up on Tarot birth cards???
The idea is that your date of birth determines a combination of Tarot cards that reflect your soul’s mission, your personality traits, and some of the most challenging life lessons that you’re dealing with in this incarnation.
First, a quick bit of explanation about how I use and understand the Tarot. Unlike a lot of the pop mystique surrounding it, I don’t believe the Tarot is best used for fortune telling, although it can sometimes be very accurate in this regard. Instead, I see it as a precision tool with which to better understand the present.
In other words, it’s less about having mysterious magical powers and more like being a meteorologist with state of the art equipment. Like using a barometer, a wind gauge, or Doppler radar, the Tarot enables us to examine current conditions and understand past events.
If forecasting is what we want to do, we can study this data, and make educated projections regarding future trends. But I believe the Tarot’s greatest value is in its ability to help us to do what Socrates exhorted us to do millennia ago: “Know thyself.”
And that’s a big reason why I love working with the birth cards, or what I call the Tarot Profile.
The Tarot School (of Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone) uses a slightly different method, which results in pairs, rather than “constellations,” as Mary calls them. Bonnie Cehovet’s excellent Tarot, Birth Cards, and You uses this system as well.
But — I prefer Mary’s system because, although it is a little more complex, I’ve used it with my clients for over 20 years, and it rings more true to my experience. In both systems, the Soul Card will work out the same.
Although the world has changed a lot since she ran for President in 2008, and so has she, Hillary Clinton’s profile is the same. This is from my original article, with a few updates that are relevant for this 2016 election cycle.
In the months ahead, I’ll also be writing about the other main candidates, so please stay tuned!
The Empress/Hanged Man/World Profile
Hillary Rodham Clinton was born on October 26, 1947. To figure her Tarot profile, you simply add the month, day and year together:
Then, you reduce this number by adding up its digits: 1+9+8+3=21. Since this number is between 0 and 22, it corresponds to a Major Arcana Tarot card, namely The World card, Number 21. This is her Personality card.
This, in turn, reduces to 3, The Empress. This is her Soul Card, since it cannot be reduced to a smaller number.
The Teacher card, or Hidden Factor card for this combination is 12 — The Hanged Man.
The Teacher/Hidden Factor is when there is another two-digit combination, within the 22 Majors, that can also reduce to the single digit, Soul card number. So, not only does 21 (The World) reduce to 3, but so does 12, The Hanged Man. Therefore, the 12 is taken into account as a latent influence.
This combination, according to Mary K. Greer’s in-depth work with the birth cards, Tarot Constellations, is the profile of The Empress, the principle of which is “love and creative imagination.”
Who Is the Empress?
The Empress card is the number three card in the Major Arcana, and since it cannot be reduced further, it is Clinton’s Soul Card.
She is the archetypal Earth Mother — nurturing, fertile, and providing for the well being of all. She is the other face of the Tarot’s dual portrayal of the eternal Feminine — the subtle, psychic High Priestess.
In many decks, The Empress is portrayed as being beautiful, pregnant, and surrounded with fields of grain like the Goddesses with whom she is often associated – Demeter and Ceres. She is also a representative of the Goddess of Love Herself – Venus.
Empress Soul card people are practical, intensely creative, fertile of mind and body, and generous. Their sense of aesthetics is impeccable, for they resonate with beauty and celebrate it in all its forms. They thrive in comfortable surroundings, finding ugliness distasteful and unnecessary.
If there is any down side to this, it is that they can have trouble identifying with people who live in poverty or squalor. Their complete faith in Earth’s limitless bounty means that it is puzzling, at best, when there does not seem to be enough to go around.
Critics who point out that Clinton is too cozy with the super-wealthy need to understand it’s just what comes naturally to her. The Empress is, as I mentioned, extremely pragmatic, so she would have trouble understanding why SuperPACs and the backing of the financial elite is a problem. To her, such support is a success.
In addition, mothering is a core issue for Empress people. It is not at all surprising that while she was First Lady, Clinton wrote the bestselling, It Takes a Village, presenting her vision for the children of 21st century America.
Also not surprisingly, her book emphasizes the interdependence of society, for Empress people have a profound sense of the interconnectedness of life.
They experience this in a very physical way, and their allegiance with the Earth, with the Divine, their work, and their loved ones is all one thing. While they can be very commanding, even regal, they prefer to influence others through the remarkable power of their love.
Woman of the World
This deeply personal identification with Mother Earth is reinforced by Clinton’s Personality card, The World. The Personality card in the Tarot profile is the card that indicates the life lessons that will shape us as we move through the events of our lifetimes.
The World card is the climactic final card of the Major Arcana, and depicts the World Dancer, Shakti/Parvati, the life force celebrating itself in perfect balance and acceptance; it is the Alpha and Omega of All. The World is the celebration of completion and the soul’s coming into its full realization and fulfillment.
Hillary Clinton would never doubt that anything is more privately important to her than being Chelsea’s mom. But the other choices and events in her life have thrust her, with her full willingness, into a global role, as well.
She truly is an international citizen, although her Empress energy ensures that she is unfailingly patriotic to her own country. Her point of view is always on the big picture, often preferring to leave the details to others.
So it was a masterful stroke when Barack Obama picked her for his first Secretary of State.
Few could be better suited to such a task, and despite her enemies moving heaven and earth to discredit her over the Benghazi incident, her tenure was quite successful. For instance, Clinton visited more countries than any other Secretary of State in history, and was the first to visit countries such as Togo and Timor-Leste.
In true Empress style, she championed the idea that that hands-on, personal visits were more important than ever in the digital age. And she coined the idea of “smart power,” a diplomatic strategy which combines U.S. military might with American economic and technology support.
Her World card reveals that she will always act on behalf of her understanding of the web of life, and is especially sensitive to global issues that impact humanity regardless of arbitrary political boundaries or ideology.
Similarly, she is a born networker, and her innate sense of bringing together skillful, useful people (especially to whom she can delegate) is invaluable. As she implies in her campaign, she indeed knows very well how to play “the game” of politics and power, in order to get things done.
But it must hurt her Empress/Mother self deeply to think that people attribute this skill to her own ambition and ego desires. For someone with her Tarot profile, nothing could be further from the truth. All her power broker skills, and all the sometimes Machiavellian choices she makes, originate from her profound desire and ability to be of service for the good of all.
And that brings us to her Shadow or Teacher card – the Hanged Man. The Hanged Man in the Tarot is not about punishment, but about unconditional love and willingly making the sacrifices that give birth to our spirit. The Hanged Man teaches us that we sometimes must surrender the self and the ego in order to receive divine wisdom. Sometimes, the Good Mother may suffer, in order to protect and serve her loved ones.
For Empress people whose Shadow/Teacher is the Hanged Man, there can be a temptation to play the martyr in order to be recognized and loved. Clinton is never unaware of her own personal sacrifices that she has made for the well-being of her family – both her personal family, and the family of humanity that, from her birth cards, she is so clearly called to serve.
This may result in an unsavory appearance of entitlement or playing passive-aggressive head games. Sacrifices made to force the outcomes she wants may backfire, since no one likes to be guilt-tripped.
And some people with this as their shadow card tend to take on the woes of the world. Such a role easily becomes overwhelming. They may turn to substance abuse, workaholism, and other grandiose self-sacrificing behaviors that can imperil their health, or otherwise make things more difficult than they need be.
Not The World As It Might Be, But As It Is
Clinton’s profile indicates she is likely to have a powerful sense of destiny, although I would emphasize that this feeling of spiritual calling is quite different from the egotistical, patriarchal dramas we have seen in other leaders of the past.
She is saturated with the most powerful imaginable feminine archetypal energies. Every choice she makes is based on deep emotional receptivity and she would truly see herself as a leader who champions the greater good, especially for women and children.
Where other candidates may have a visionary dream of creating a new, better world, Hillary Clinton is an Empress who knows exactly how to nurture and fulfill the world as it is.