Birthday Tarot Spread | An 8-Card Interactive Reading

Last Updated: October 26, 2022

With this 8 card tarot spread we can tap into some powerful, empowering energy that will energise you and bring you exactly that self-care tarot check-in you deserve for your birthday.

Birthday tarot spreads are a tradition in my home because that honest guidance can help shape your whole outlook for the year ahead. And who doesn’t love a birthday tarot reading as a gift?

With this birthday tarot spread for the 365 days ahead, we don’t reflect too much on the previous year – just on what we should bring with us from it, and what we should leave behind. This tarot spread brings in positive energy, confidence and clear guidance for you.

Birthday’s are a day for celebration, and not too much shadow work. This seven-card reading encompasses this vibe completely. It highlights what will be a special year for you, and what a gorgeous present for yourself!

Birthday tarot spread layout & questions to ask

To begin, shuffle your tarot deck and draw a card for each position as shown in the below layout.

Finally, take some time to reflect on the questions that each card position represents and what message the tarot cards in that position might be trying to tell you. If you’re just starting to learn tarot, or if you’re still getting to know your deck, you may find my in-depth articles on the meanings of every tarot card helpful.

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  1. Place your birth date major arcana card
  2. What to release from last year
  3. What to embrace for the year ahead
  4. Your superpower for the year ahead
  5. What growth will look like for you
  6. A way to make space for growth
  7. A way to keep that space free and focuses
  8. A key them for your year ahead

Try this 8-card birthday tarot reading now with the below interactive tarot spread

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The Hierophant card

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The Hermit card

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Judgement card

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The Hanged Man

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The Chariot card

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The High-Priestess card

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The Strength card

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The Devil card

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Shuffle the cards

Discover your birth Tarot card

To find your birth date Major Arcana card (also known as your Soul Card, or a Personality Card) add up all the dates to get to a single digit. E.g. My birthday is 26th March 1989, so I add up 2 + 6 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 9 = 38. 3 + 8 = 11. This would be the Justice Major Arcana card, or if you add the 1+1 together it equals 2 (The High Priestess).

Once you have this card, see how these similarities align with who you are as an individual. You can see a full list of Major Arcana cards and their meanings here. If you do not relate at all to your card, read through some of the cards to find what most aligns with you. 

Discover your year ahead birthday Tarot card themes

To find your year ahead birth date Major Arcana card add up your dates just like your birth date but change the year to this new year, and add the numbers up to a single digit. E.g. My birthday tarot card for the Year Ahead is 2 + 6 + 3 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 17. 1 + 7 = 8 (The eighth card in tarot is Strength). If you do not relate at all to your card, just know that this is just a bit of fun, and doesn’t set anything in stone for you!

Friends and family birthday tarot spread

For this birthday tarot spread for friends and family, we focus on the gifts more than material aspects for the year ahead. Will you have more money at the end of it (Pentacles), or will you have had more adventures (Wands)? Will you have an abundance of love and finding your passions (Cups) or will you have more mental clarity & better mental health (Swords)?

The cards really go into detail for how you can find ways to enjoy the year ahead, so take a note on whether these are major themes from the Major Arcana, or little notes of wisdom from the Minor Arcana. Additionally, follow the literal advice from the cards in regards to the questions for your loved one of more “romance”, “money” and “mental wellbeing”.

If it comes up that for more romance in your life and you get the 2 of Swords, then it’s time to pause before making any decisions and to decide whether the romance is for a relationship, with a new hobby, or yourself.

If it comes up with High Priestess on making more money, then trust your intuition and really feel some of these financial decisions – not just whether certain stocks have done well for you in the past. When we have the unknown in front of us, it’s best to rely on our guts and our wits for these scenarios.

This is a reading of fun and insight, and I love to throw in oracle cards with this reading. It flows really nicely, and if you don’t relate to your birthday tarot card then you can always use an affirmation card in its place.

It’s also great to use open questions when exploring some of these cards in more depth, so follow what feels natural and good to you both. This is a reading for your loved one, after all. Spoil them with information!

Friends and Family tarot birthday spread
  1. Your birth card
  2. Your birthday card with the current year
  3. Themes you’ve got to look forward to
  4. How you can really enjoy this year
  5. How to bring more mental well being
  6. How to bring more money to you this year
  7. How to bring more romance this year

What to do after a birthday tarot reading

After you’ve finished a tarot reading, there are a few things you can do in order to reflect on the experience and integrate the insights you gained. Here are some suggestions:

Use a tarot journal to record your findings

Jotting down your thoughts in a tarot journal after reading can be helpful in a few ways. First, it can help you remember the details of your reading later on, such as how you felt at the moment and perhaps your first impressions of what a card meant. Second, it can provide a space for you to process the information you’ve received and explore what it means for you. Third, it can be a way to keep track of your progress over time as you revisit your journal entries and reflect on your journey.

Take a picture of the cards

If you want to remember the position of the cards and what they meant in relation to your questions, take a picture of the spread. This will help you look back on the reading later and review the insights you received. Sometimes, clarity is better acquired after you’ve stepped back from the situation for a little while and had some time to process it.

Some people create Instagram accounts or Pinterest accounts specifically for this, and if you use any of our spreads please tag us @backyardbanshee if you feel comfortable!

Take some time to meditate and reflect

Immediately after a tarot reading, it’s important to take some time to sit with the insights you’ve received. This can be done through proper meditation, visualisation, or simply taking some time to reflect on the reading. It can be helpful to think about what the messages from the cards mean for your life and how you can apply the advice that was given to you. That time can also be used to replenish your energy level and cleanse your tarot deck.

Get a second opinion from a close friend

If you have close friends who also happen to be tarot practitioners, it can be helpful to get their take on your reading. They may be able to offer additional insights or perspectives that you hadn’t considered before. This is also a good way to get feedback on your own interpretation of the cards.

Ensure to ask permission before just blindly sending your cards across in a message and saying “what does this mean to you?” as your friends may not have the energy or have a boundary with this sort of thing – manners cost nothing, and this is especially to note if they are a professional tarot reader who normally gets paid to interpret readings.

Layer your reading with more divination

Why not try adding astrology dice or a pendulum reading to your tarot session? Your intuition will guide you on how to best use these tools, but they can be helpful in providing more clarity around the messages from your tarot reading. We have lots of methods for you to utilise here on the website.

At the end of the day, tarot readings are meant to be a helpful tool, not a replacement for your own intuition. The best way to use tarot is to combine the insights you receive with your own understanding of the situation. Trust your gut and follow your heart—the answers you’re looking for will come.

It is my hope that these tarot spreads on my website help you with clarity and articulate whatever is going on. Let me know what you think of this tarot spread in the comments below and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.


I have been passionate about reading divination for more than 15 years. This gives me a unique perspective when it comes to creating fun, supportive and creative tarot spreads. I hope they help you find the clarity and insight you are looking for.

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