The I AM Statements in the Tarot

Long before I picked up my first deck, I became obsessed with Numerology. I read my first book on the topic when I was ten. So it is only natural that looking at ways of using Numerology together with the Tarot has always fascinated me. For instance, for three-card spreads, I almost always take the quint. Looking at birth date numerology and name numerology through the lens of the Tarot is also something we have explored here on the blog.

What we haven’t done yet is look at the ‘I AM’ statements made by Jesus and what numbers and Tarot cards those might correspond to. I realize, of course, that Jesus wasn’t a native English speaker and that those statements would have been made in Aramaic. However, the I AM statements are very ancient already in the English language and are used in liturgy to the point of having well-established energy imprints… so we’ll work with what we have.

1. I am the bread of life
2. I am the light of the world
3. I am the door
4. I am the good shepherd
5. I am the resurrection and the life
6. I am the way, the truth, and the life
7. I am the true vine
8. I am (Before Abraham was, I Am)

Only the words in bold were used for Numerology purposes…

The corresponding Major Arcana cards


Lord, you who are true and everlasting life, teach me how to be more like you.


Lord, you who are the Truth, help me to abide in you that I might choose healing virtues and bear fruit for the Kingdom.


Lord, when we knock, you open the door to let your sheep through. You are the good shepherd who helps us move forward with grace and who won’t rest until the last sheep is safe.


Jesus, through an act of infinite humility, you gave us your body to show us what true strength looks like. Help us to shine your light of compassion into the world today.


Lord, you sacrificed yourself and bought us with your precious blood so that we may rise to eternal life on the day of Judgment.


Lord, you help us make sense of the endings and new beginnings that happen along the way.


Lord, to be more like you we must actively engage in soul alchemy. Help us to be always mindful of the Great Work.


I wasn’t sure whether or not to share this because it may not make a whole lot of sense – especially not to those of you who are more ‘left-brained.’ However, I feel these pairings make such lovely jumping-off points for meditation and contemplation that I decided to go ahead in spite of my misgivings.  Let me know what you think in the comments!

The Marseille Tarot image in this post is from the CBD Tarot by Yoav Ben-Dov.

Take me back to the Tarot Card Meanings page

love raven liora

Click HERE to read about my name change.

Comments 4

  1. As so often in life, I think it is more the act of reflection than the left-brain “logic” of the associations that brings meaning. You have written some beautiful contemplations πŸ™‚ I can imagine other ways that would also bring deep insights, and that’s just perfect, too πŸ˜‰

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