Okay, look, here’s the deal. I am a huge nerd and I am way too interested in statistics. I love compiling lists and spreadsheets and then collecting statistics from those lists and spreadsheets and then creating pretty-looking charts and graphs with the information. Since I’ve been tracking daily draws on a calendar since late 2011, I thought it would be a cool idea to compile some spreadsheets and charts and stuff, with which to see if any trends appeared. I hope that *someone* out there finds this at least half as interesting and fun as I do!
Collecting and Compiling
In order to make this work, I had to isolate the data from just 2012. I wanted a whole year’s worth of data, with each month of the year being equally represented. (Of course, I realized this *after* I had collected ALL the data, including several months from 2011 and one month from 2013. Fun.) I tracked each card individually, including: how many times it was drawn in total, how many times it was drawn in each month, and how many times it was drawn on each day of the week. I also made note of how many times the card came up “frequently”, and by frequently I mean that it appeared more than once within any two-week span. Surprisingly, this happened way more often that I thought it did.
After that, I started making all kinds of graphs and charts with all of this information. In fact, I think I started going a little bit overboard (and this doesn’t even include the date number data, like how many times the 3 of wands showed up on a 3-date, like May 3rd or whatever). So, let’s take it slow, shall we?
First, I wanted to see how evenly distributed each grouping of the cards was throughout the year. Major vs. Minor Arcana, Pips vs. Court cards, etc.
I think this is a pretty interesting distribution.
- The Major Arcana takes up 28% of a tarot deck, so to see that I drew a Major Arcana card 26% of the time is a pretty even distribution rate.
- The Court Cards take up only about 20% of a tarot deck, so I actually saw a bit more of them than should have been expected.
- The Pips do take up approximately 50% of a tarot deck, so they seem to be right on target.
- I also find it interesting that I saw significantly more Cups compared to the other Minor Arcana suits.
So far, nothing too extreme, which is both interesting, ordinary, and somewhat comforting all at the same time.
Next I wanted to see how each of the suits were distributed throughout the year. Did I get more of the Major Arcana in one month and less in another? Were Cups more likely to show up in the watery months? This is what I got.
There is definitely more variation month-to-month, which is cool.
- The most evenly-distributed month looks like February.
- The month with the most uneven distribution is probably August.
- The Cups seem to be the most evenly-distributed across all the months.
- Obviously, there is a large spike in Major Arcana in May, which is when the Wands take a major dip.
I also wanted to compare purely Major Arcana to Minor Arcana on a monthly basis and see if any trends emerged. Pretty interesting, I think.
I find it interesting how much it seemed to fluctuate, but every month there was more Minor Arcana than Major Arcana. The closest they ever got was in May when there was a huge spike in Major Arcana, but still it did even equal the Minor Arcana! ALSO, I think it’s interesting to note that on average, the Minor Arcana outnumbered the Major Arcana about 3.5 to 1. What was so important/different about May? I don’t know!
I also wanted to look at trends over days of the week, which was also fun and quite colorful. (I told you I like rainbows.)
Several spikes! Interesting data! Cups on Mondays and Saturdays (prime days for being emotional?). Pentacles on Wednesdays! Major Arcana on Tuesdays (gotta be strong to get past those Mondays) and Thursdays. Quite evenly-distributed on Fridays!
Isn’t this Fascinating?
Well, I hope so. Because I have a bunch more charts and crap to post about, but I figured this post was long enough already. More to come! I’m so excited!