Where do The Source Cards come from? How old are they?

Short answer: We don't know for sure.

Long answer: It involves obscure Biblical references, persecution, book burnings, Zoroastrian priests, Sumerian myth, Kabbalah, the Book of Thoth, and ancient aliens. And some say this Knowledge goes all the way back to the civilization of Atlantis.

It would make a great plot for an extraordinary tale about our life on Earth. Oh! Wait, a minute. It is the story of our life on Earth!

(And if the history of the Source Cards is interesting to you, read more in Alexander's book.)


How did you discover this? How did you find out the real meaning of the playing cards?

At a loft party in Brooklyn. Yup. Cue Biggie Smalls: "Where Brooklyn at, Where Brooklyn at..."

But even though it resonated powerfully when someone first introduced me (Alexander speaking) to the hidden meaning of these "playing cards," I was quite skeptical. Plus, the way it was introduced to me was as part of a fortune-telling system.

Now, at the time, I was doing regular Ayahuasca ceremonies (2008-2012). And it was in ceremony that I brought a deck of cards and set my intention to learn the true meaning of these "playing cards." It was then that the direct downloads started coming, and I started realizing what these "playing cards" really are.

I started seeing the visual language of the pip patterns and the sacred geometry and all the connections to the Tree of Life and the Flower of Life -- all the connections to the deeper Knowledge of life, hidden in plain sight, just behind the veil of consciousness, hidden in an object that had been right in front of my face my entire life, growing up playing Go Fish and War with my younger sister, sitting on her bed with her pretty pink flowered comforter.


Why do you call these cards, The Source Cards?

We call them that because that's what they reveal: the source code of our reality, the programming language with which our space-time matrix is encoded. They also, through conscious daily awareness of them in your life, begin to awaken your awareness to the Source of all that is.

In much the same way that a mindfulness meditation practice teaches you to watch your thoughts and to realize that if you are watching your thoughts, then you, of course, must be something else other than your thoughts, the practice of observing these energy patterns of life that are symbolized on the faces of these cards awakens you to the realization that you are not these patterns of life. You are that which observes the play of life itself.

And enjoy. Life, as we know it, is a game. Simply by playing it, with the same excitement of a child at play, you will gradually master this game and begin to realize that you are that which is playing this game of life.


What's the difference between the Source Cards and Tarot Cards?

Well, one is based on math and reveals the structure of our space-time matrix. The other is based on divination. So, it's like the difference between science and art.

With The Source Cards, your cards are pre-determined based on mathematic and esoteric calculations.  As in astrology, where the planets are where they are based on the date and time of your birth, your Cards are what they are based on the date of your birth. With Tarot Cards, in contrast, the cards for each reading are based on shuffling and pulling cards from the deck.


How do the mathematics work? How did you calculate my Birth Card?

Good question! We made a whole separate page on the basic math. It includes a fun math riddle.


Is there a connection between the Source Cards and Astrology? 

Short Answer: Yes. 

Long Answer: Also, yes.


How did you calculate my Personality Card?

Using astrology.

Your Personality Card is one of the 8 planetary cards that are part of your overall Life Path of 13+ Cards. The planetary card that is your Personality Card is whichever planet "rules" the astrological sign of your birth. 

Then, too, unwinding these esoteric calculations and getting into the nuts and bolts of this ancient system of Knowledge is not necessary in order to play your cards right in your life. It can certainly be fun to dive in and discover how it all works -- heck, that's what we've done! But truthfully, you don't need to know how your flat screen TV works in order to enjoy Netflix.


What is the connection between the Source Cards and Numerology?

This is also a deep topic. 

In The Source Cards, as in numerology, each number does have a meaning. And the Source Cards reveal a language of life that is based on numbers. Also, as in numerology, we do add up the numbers to form meaningful calculations. So, yes, there's a deep connection.


Is this Cartomancy?

Well, historically, cartomancy has meant fortune-telling with playing cards. And The Source Cards are not for fortune telling. So, in that sense, No, this is not cartomancy.

But more broadly speaking, we are, of course, reading the meaning of these Cards as a means for guidance and direction. Sometimes, instead of cartomancy, people call this same discipline cardology or metasymbology.


How is it possible that everyone born on the same day has the same Cards to play? 

That is, indeed, a question worth reflecting on. 

The Source Cards reveal the patterns of life. That's all. What we choose to do with these patterns is entirely up to us. We can feel trapped by and victimized by these recurring patterns. Or, we can choose to play them, like we might play a musical instrument.

And how you play your cards determines the trajectory and outcome of your life. So, two people with the same exact cards to play -- the exact same instruments at their disposal -- can have completely different outcomes in their life.


So, what about Free Will?

Your Cards are set for your life based on your date of birth, that's true. But, again, how you choose to play your cards makes all the difference. And that is your free will.

We also believe that as a soul you choose your cards. And you do that, as a soul, by choosing your birth date.

Again: deep topic.


What's the difference between my Birth Card and my Personality Card?

We cover this question in our free Welcome Video


Do The Source Cards show who would be my best romantic partner?

Yes. That's a big YES.

In fact, that's one of Viki's favorite topics. Don't get her started. Or actually, do get her started.

We are going to create a simple class for this topic. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can read in Alexander's book about which cards are a good fit for you romantically, and then you can look for people who are born to play those cards. 


Can The Source Cards help me to improve my relationships?

Yes. And this is pure magic.

When you know people's cards, you know what makes them tick. And when you know that, lightbulbs go off in your brain, and then, interestingly, compassion automatically arises.

We've seen this happen over and over again.

Two people who've been squabbling find out each others' cards to play, and it's as if their eyes are suddenly opened. A veil is lifted. Then, effortlessly, they drop their implicit expectations, relax their defenses, and open up to an authentic connection. 


Can I use The Source Cards to help me pick my business partners? And hire the right people?

Yes! Absolutely.

That's a perfect use of this Knowledge. Think of musical chords. Some notes go together. Some don't. Or change the metaphor: it's like oil and water, some energies just don't mix. Others mix up to make the best damned apple pie you've ever tasted.

So, yes, consciously pick people who will be the right ingredients to your success. Surround yourself with people who will energetically -- through the patterns of their being -- amplify your gifts, support your goals, and bring out your best.

To do this well, however, you'll need to know some basics of the relationship dynamics in The Source Cards. (Stay tuned. We will create a class for this topic soon.)


Why do you call it the Personality Card and not the Planetary Ruling Card?

This is a technical card nerd question. The kind of questions we love!

We call it the Personality Card because that's how it functions in your life. It's your persona. 

Plus, we have found over the years that people who do not know astrology are confused by the idea of a "ruling" card. "Ruling what? What do you mean ruling?" So, to keep it simple, we call it the Personality Card.


Why do some cards have the same Personality Card as the Birth Card?

The Personality Card is determined by the primary planet that rules the astrological sign into which you are born.

For example, the ruling planet of Virgo is the planet Mercury. So, for someone born into the sign of Virgo, their Personality Card is their Mercury Card in their Life Path. (You can, if you want, look up your Life Path and the meaning of each card in your Life Path in Alexander's book.)

In the sign of Leo, however, the ruling planet is the Sun. And because your Birth Card is akin to your Sun Card and because the ruling planet of Leo is also the Sun, presto! The Personality Card of Leos is the same as their Birth Card. It means their Birth Card energy is not filtered through the energy pattern of their Personality Card. Instead, their Birth Card energy shines forth directly.

Yes, Leos, it means you're unfiltered baby.


I had previously learned that Scorpios have two Planetary Ruling Cards? Why do you only list one Personality Card for Scorpios?

The second PRC that you may have seen listed for Scorpios is the Pluto Card in their Life Path. And yet, for everyone, not just Scorpios, the Pluto Card is the next most influential planetary card in the Life Path. It casts a long shadow! So because it's the next most significant planetary influence for everyone, it's a moot point to assign secondary planetary value to the Pluto Card only for Scorpios.

Sorry Scorpios. You’re special, and you may have special uses for your plutonian energy, but you're not double-personality special.


Are the Source Cards the same as the Destiny Cards?

Well… It’s the exact same deck of playing cards viewed esoterically, but with a completely different awareness of what they are and how they serve us.

Those who call the deck of cards the "Destiny Cards" are intent on doing fortune telling readings with these cards in the same way that Gypsies used to do -- dealing out the "House of Cards" and making predictions about your life. Only now, instead of manually dealing out the cards, computer software is used to "deal out" the cards. And what we've heard from many people is that trying to use the "Destiny Cards" to read their future becomes a dangerous obsession that only creates anxiety and confusion. It's why we don't advocate for this practice of fortune telling

We see this very same deck of cards as a way to source your inner operating system. They are a toolkit for greater awareness right now in this present moment, which is the only moment that exists.

The future exists in this present moment as a probability wave of potentials. And you will experience in “the future” only that which you are vibrationally capable of experiencing. It doesn’t matter, for example, if you're single and you have a 2 of Hearts coming up as your yearly card next year. If your heart is still wounded and closed, or if you’re completely out of tune with yourself, then you may not be capable of having a successful romantic relationship. So, nothing about seeing that 2 of Hearts coming up for you next year can predict your outcome for you.

That same 2 of Hearts next year, for example, could mean just another fling, another passing fancy, another in a long-line of fizzled relationships, and missed opportunities. The same goes for so-called “money cards.” If you have a poverty mindset, it doesn’t matter how many “money cards” you have coming up in your yearly cards. You will only experience in your financial future exactly what you are able to experience based on your level of consciousness.

What will make the difference in your life is not trying to predict the future, but rather, transforming the depths and breadths of your consciousness right now, so that you can open yourself up to a future you really want, right now. It means opening up a wider horizon inside your awareness to welcome in new and desirable Life experiences. And you only do that, right now, in this present moment!

And the single best toolkit we have ever found to awaken human consciousness is what we are calling the Source Cards. And so, if you’re are really committed to growing the best possible life for yourself, we highly recommend doing the Guide to Living programs for your Birth Card and Personality Card. These programs will open up your awareness to the fundamental and ever-present patterns of your life, so you can see them, really see them, and start to work with them, and begin to consciously play them harmoniously, gracefully, and beautifully. It's then that you'll begin to craft the future that will satisfy your soul. 


How did you arrive at the meaning of my Birth Card / Personality Card? What does the number and the suit actually reveal? Why does my Card have the specific attributes that you list?

This set of questions asks the fundamental, core meaning of this ancient system of knowledge.

For, what these types of questions are really asking is this: how do you read this visually symbolic, mathematical language? Because that’s what it is: a language that’s been printed on card stock. And we are reading it, literally. So, what is listed as the attributes of each card is derived from the reading of the visual pip arrangement within that particular suit. The pip arrangements on the faces of the cards are something like pictoral symbols, something like what you might find in Chinese language structure, Celtic Runes, or Egyptian hieroglyphs. They are a visually symbolic representation of the meaning of the number. 

Now, commonly, we hold the idea that a “picture is worth a thousand words.” And that certainly can be true. Meanwhile, however, a symbol holds profoundly more meaning than a picture. A symbol, like a crucifix in Christianity or the Star of David in Judaism, holds meaning so deep that entire treatises can be written on what these symbols mean and why. In the case of the Source Cards, each visually symbolic pattern contains within it an entire representation of the pattern of life that will be experienced for the person born to play that card. And so, what we write on this website as attributes about each card is an introduction to the central thematic experiences someone will have who is born to play that card. 

For example, take the 4 of Hearts.

Suppose you are born to play this pattern as either your Birth Card or Personality Card. Notice that the visual symbolic representation of the 4 Hearts is as a rectangular box. And what does a box signify? I remember, for example, from my early upbringing in London how much I loved the Mr. Men books by Roger Hargreaves. In that classic series, Mr. Strong is visually represented as a box.

Within the suit of Hearts, this visual representation of a box signifies emotional structure, emotional order, and emotional strength. Now, that can be wonderful, if order, structure, and strength is what we want. It can be protective, supportive, and reliable. Or, as we all know, too much order and too much structure can be limiting, restrictive, stifling, and even oppressive. Or, what if strength is overplayed and becomes coercive or aggressive? If this 4 of Hearts energy is played well, the experience will be one of feeling content, at peace, and safely at home. Or, conversely, if this energy is played badly, then the experience will be one of being stuck inside a repressive box of constrictive emotional dynamics and closed-down feelings.

And so it is that we’ve listed the attributes for the 4 of Hearts that we’ve listed. They are all derived from reading the visually symbolic language of this Box of Hearts. If you look now at the 4 of Hearts page, based on what we’ve just explained, you should be able to see how and why we’ve listed each and every attribute for the 4 of Hearts in each category of life.

Note, too, in addition to purely reading the visually symbolic pattern, we have learned detailed expressions of these patterns directly from our professional experience of working intimately with thousands of people. Thus, we have learned first-hand how these patterns play out, for better and for worse, in the everyday details of life. You, too, as you engage these patterns consciously will begin to notice details and eccentricities of these patterns in your own life. Again, these are patterns, that like crayons or building blocks, can be used to color and build an infinite variety of possibilities based on how you want to utilize these patterns for yourself to color and construct your own life experience.

All of which is to say that, once you get the hang of if, it’s actually rather simple to read this visually symbolic language.

Note: it’s also why we uncover the medieval iconography to show you the visually symbolic pip arrangement for the royals as well. So, based on their pip arrangement patterns, you can learn how to read their meaning too.

Our hope and our intention is to educate everyone to read this lost language for themselves. It's how we will, we believe, elevate our collective humanity to a more harmonious and harmonically stable shared experience.


How do I know if I'm playing my cards right?

Ahh grasshopper. 

When you're playing your cards right, you'll know. Angels will be singing the Hallelujah chorus softly outside your bedroom window each morning. No seriously, that's a funny story.

Look for synchronicity. That's the sign.


How do I get started playing my cards right?

Watch our free Welcome Video.


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