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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Death card

Death -- Tarot of the MastersThe Death card:
One of this week’s Postsecrets suggested a pithy meaning for the Death card:
Don’t let your last mortal thought be: “Why did I take so many days for granted?”

This meaning may seem rather peripheral to the Death card, but actually we can see that it is quite integral to it when we also consider this quote (which can serve as a pithy meaning for this card too): 
“Death is the dark backing a mirror needs if we are to see anything.” — Saul Bellow

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Seven of Swords

Seven of SwordsSeven of Swords:
One of this week’s Postsecrets suggested a pithy meaning for the Seven of Swords:

Do you wish that you were the person in real life that you are online?

Here’s an explanation of what I mean by this:
When protected by the anonymity of the Internet, do we project a persona that we are afraid to manifest in person? A deeper question then is which is the real you, the one online or the one in person? Which is the lie, and which is the truth? Or is there a little of both in each of them?

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Four of Pentacles

Four of Coins / Pentacles -- Tarot of the MastersFour of Pentacles:
“For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?” — Kahlil Gibran

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Chariot

The Chariot -- Tarot of the MastersThe Chariot:

The Chariot card has an implication of accomplishment, which is a good thing, to be sure, but there is another side to that story. So today I would like to post a pithy meaning for this card that follows a rather atypical path for it. Sometimes it seems like we are constantly striving to accomplish something instead of being something. However, it is in the Being that we accomplish what we need. Here, then, is a pithy meaning based on that observation:

Doesn’t it seem as if we’re always going somewhere and never being anywhere?

A related pithy meaning is this:

The being is the doing.

The point implied by this second pithy meaning is expanded upon in this Spiritual Tarot post: http://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/chariot-spiritual-message-2/

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Page of Swords

Youth / Page of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersPage of Swords:
Traditionally, the Page of Swords is about secrets. Thus, it suggests asking yourself:
What secrets about myself am I hiding, perhaps even from myself? How is that affecting me?

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Five of Pentacles

Five of Coins / Pentacles -- Tarot of the MastersFive of Pentacles
“No Mud, No Lotus” — Thich Nhat Hanh

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Tarot Apps — good or bad?

I recently had a discussion about Tarot apps with someone who was emphatic about how bad they are. He wasn’t talking about their technical merits or flaws; he was criticizing their existence. His points were these:

Tarot apps replace the hard work of face-to-face Tarot counselors. They not only compete with real people, they dehumanize tarot in general.

My opposing point of view is this:

Most (or all?) Tarot apps merely replace a deck of cards with a device that shuffles and deals electronic versions of them. For example, the Tarot eCards app, which features my Tarot of the Masters and my RWS2.0 deck (among many others), is basically an electronic Tarot collection of decks from which you can deal cards from any of the decks on your “shelf.” This enables you to do readings anywhere you are without carrying around several decks with you.

As for an app’s ability to do readings, if the Universe can operate through paper-based cards, it can do so through electronic ones as well. Now, one might wonder if Tarot apps have replaced my physical Tarot decks. Do I use them instead of “real” cards? No, certainly not. Tarot apps are a supplement, not a replacement for physical decks.

I do realize the possible problem of a novice thinking that the card meanings given in electronic readings are the be-all and end-all in interpreting a reading, but my observation is that this is not what most people do with e-readings. I will say, however, for the sake of Tarot novices, it might be a good idea for Tarot apps (and automated reading sites on the Web as well) to mention this fact, as I have for my Pithy Tarot app on its instruction site and in its instruction book.

As for the claim that Tarot apps compete with real Tarot readers, I don’t see that happening. The general populace is not out there deciding against going to a human Tarot reader simply because they have a Tarot app on their iPhone. Again, it’s a supplement, not a replacement. In fact, instead of apps stealing a piece of the Tarot pie, they are, by nature of their mass marketing, expanding the Tarot pie, which benefits all of us in the Tarot business. This perspective comes from an abundance-conscious “us and them” point of view (as in the Ten of Pentacles, for example) instead of a fear-based “us versus them” position (as in the Five of Pentacles).

Five and Ten of Pentacles RWS2.0

PS: Several years ago, prior to the proliferation of apps, the topic at hand was, instead, automated readings on the Web, and I posted an article about that back in 2010.

Pithy Tarot meanings — Six of Wands

Six of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersSix of Wands:
You can take pride in your accomplishments without being prideful, you know.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Five of Swords

Five of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersFive of Swords:
“The further a person drifts from truth, the more they will try to disparage those who speak it.”

This pithy meaning is a paraphrase of a quote from George Orwell:
“The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”
So we might also put it this way:
“The further a person drifts from truth, the more they will hate those who speak it.”

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