“Who Are You In The Tarot” by Mary Greer is actually a reprint of “Tarot Constellations” which has been out of print for a long time. When Weiser Books approached Greer to republish this book, she did an extensive revision of the original.
I never had the original. So I am not quite sure what the revisions were – but I will say this: if this is the end product – bravo!
I purchased my copy shortly after attending a class on this subject with Mary at SF BATS (San Francisco Bay Area Tarot Symposium). I was very intrigued by the subject, so I thought I better get the book and study deeper.
Although many of us use tarot for divination and self development, this book allows us to look at our personalities through the lens of tarot. By combining simple numerology with the cards, you end up with a clear and informative snapshot into your potential, strengths, weaknesses and more. This gives the reader a road map into their destiny and a powerful tool for self understanding.
Let me show you how it works with my own birthdate (June 11, 1965). You add up your date as follows:
Then add up the end results like this: 1 + 9 + 8 + 2 = 20
Now you take that number and find the card that corresponds to that number. In my case, it would be the Judgment card (part of the 2/11/10 Constellation). This would be my Personality card. Greer provides a detailed description of how this plays out in the personal makeup. For example, Judgment’s theme is Cosmic Understanding and Spiritual Truth. The Judgment personality is “aware of how they can transcend personal limitations and they seek to transform and take control of things around them”. This card also has a connection to Pluto and the Moon, which creates a highly psychic aspect as well.
Each card also has a “Hidden Factor” card which acts as a “teacher”. In my case, it was the Justice card (very interesting as themes of justice often figure prominently in my life). My combination of cards indicates “a devotion to world harmony” and “psychic ability”. Intriguing.
This follows with a list of famous people who have the same personal cards which was fun to look through. I loved seeing who shared similar traits (lots of presidents in my case!).
This is the main meat of the book but there is so much more here: name cards (a cool way to discover the significance of your name and how it affects your personality), techniques for working with the cards (I loved the dialoguing), Soul cards, yearly cards, minors (lessons and opportunities) and more.
Greer even takes time to address the 8-11 controversy. (Strength and Justice were switched in the Rider Waite deck. The Marseilles deck had Justice as 8 and Strength as 11 originally.)
One thing I would like to add is this: her method of adding up your birthdate is different from other methods. For example, I have also seen in some texts that you should add it up like this: 6 +1 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 5 = 29. If I reduce that, I come to 11 instead of 20 for my Personality card – and this would change the outcome and I would end up with the High Priestess instead of Judgment for my Personality Card. I only point that out to show that there are other schools of thought regarding the numerology part. For this book, I am sticking with her method and interpretation, which seemed to work out fine.
This book is a great addition to any tarot collection and I had lots of fun discovering information about myself and my loved ones. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in learning how to use the cards to uncover more about their personality.