tedious numerology

Long ago I had a first edition of Mary K. Greer’s Tarot for Yourself, and so this summer as I began studying tarot in earnest, I bought the 35th anniversary edition. I’ve picked it up several times, but each time I’ve gotten stuck at all the birthdate, personality and soul cards, astrology, blah, blah, blah exercises right at the very beginning of the book. No, this exercise will not help me “get acquainted with the cards,” when I have to force my way past loads of skepticism. Like, which calendar? Does a Jew born the same day and time as me have a whole different system? What about Chinese? Or Muslims? It’s the height of mumbo jumbo to me, but tonight I’ve just pushed myself to fill out the profile at the end of that section and move on.