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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Devil

Demons (Devil) -- Tarot of the MajorsThe Devil
Doing a bad thing is not the same as being a bad (i.e., evil) person.
We all do bad things now and then; it does not mean we’re evil. But sometimes we live in guilt, thinking that we are evil, and sometimes we judge others as evil based on bad things they have done. This card urges to understand the illusion of this equation of bad actions = bad people, both for ourselves and for others.  For more about this, there is a great article by Deepak Chopra on Oprah’s website.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Three of Wands

Three of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersThree of Wands
“All things come to him who waits … provided he knows what he is waiting for.” — Woodrow Wilson

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Eight of Cups

Eight of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersEight of Cups
If a relationship isn’t working, the best way to heal it may be to leave it.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Six and Seven of Wands

Six and Seven of Wands -- RWS2.0This is a pithy meaning for both the Six AND Seven of Wands:
“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” — John Wooden

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Queen of Pentacles

Queen of Coins (Pentacles) -- Tarot of the MastersQueen of Pentacles
Necessity is the mother of invention. — English proverb

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Aces of Pentacles and Swords (and the 10 of Swords too)

Ace of Coins -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning that can work for a couple of Tarot cards:
It’s never that simple.

This works for the Ace of Pentacles if you’re talking about the situation itself. If, however, you’re talking about your view or explanation of the situation, I might go with the Ace of Swords instead. Also, I would note that if you use reversals, this might work better for those cards in their reversed aspect, or you might use this when those cards are in a problematic orientation (for example, in a spread position defined as “What is the obstacle in your path?”Ace of Swords -- Tarot of the Masters

As an interesting follow-up on this pithy meaning, here is another one that is related, yet contrary, in a Yin/Yang sort of way:
Ten of Swords:
You’re making it way too complicated.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Ace of Wands

RWS2.0 Wands 01 AceAce of Wands
Questions that start with “Why should I have to …” always come from the ego.
Perhaps you might see this as a meaning for the Ace of Wands reversed.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Moon

The Moon -- Tarot of the MastersThe Moon
Crazy people don’t realize they are crazy, but now and then the rest of us worry that we are.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Two of Swords

Two of Swords RWS2.0 Tarot eCardsTwo of Swords
The only way to get rid of a dysfunctional belief is to replace it with a positive one.

An example of this is the dysfunctional relationship belief of “Nobody wants me.” You might replace that one with “I am lovable and worthy of a great relationship.” To do this, use the new, replacement belief as an affirmation. For more about how to do that, see my book, Tarot Affirmations.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Eight of Pentacles

Tarot of the Masters -- Eight of Coins / PentaclesEight of Pentacles:
Remember Sturgeon’s law: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

The phrase was derived from Theodore Sturgeon’s observation that while science fiction was often derided for its low quality by critics, it could be noted that the majority of examples of works in other fields could equally be seen to be of low quality and that science fiction was thus no different in that regard to other art forms.

With regards to this card, Sturgeon’s law especially reminds of a line from the 1981 movie “Rich and Famous” when one of the characters, a critically acclaimed author, complains about her friend, who has become wealthy writing trashy novels, saying that she “churns them out like little sausages.”

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