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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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Second opinions on Tarot readings …

… and why I don’t give them.

From time to time, I’m asked to give my interpretation of a reading (or a card in a reading, or a card that comes up often in readings, etc.) that someone got from another reader. For example, I recently got the following request via email. (Names have been deleted to protect the anonymity of the person who sent it.)

Two of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersI’d appreciate your thoughts as a Professional reader on a couple of readings I’ve had in the last few years.
When I get a reading I usually ask about how my career and love life will look in the future. One card that keeps coming up over the years is the 2 of cups. However, there has been no relationship thus far.
My question is – why would such a positive, happy card keep coming up but not come to pass?

First of all, just as a quick tangential diversion from the topic of this post, I want to point out that this question brings up a couple of issues in addition to its request that I do a bit of Monday morning quarterbacking of readings she has gotten over the past few years. First, there is the issue of fortune telling vs. fortune helping. I have addressed this issue in another post, so I won’t get into it here. Second, there is the fact that there are no good cards or bad cards… they all have a spectrum of meaning. Again, I have addressed this issue in another post (and yet another one) so I won’t delve into it here either. You can read any of those posts (see the embedded links) if you’re interested.

Now, as for the question of reinterpreting someone else’s reading and why I won’t do that, here are a few answers.

First of all, I wasn’t there for the original reading(s). The circumstances, energy, and interpersonal interchange in a reading are all important factors that lead up to our intuitive interpretations of the cards. Also, the spread used, the position in which the cards come up, and the other cards appearing in the reading are all of vital importance. (If you want to find out more about that and how to do a Tarot reading, see my book Tarot Reading Explained.)

Next, there is the fact that since I didn’t do the original reading, the Universe wasn’t using my Tarot dictionary, so how can I know what the appropriate meaning is? My theory about how the Universe knows which cards to give you in a reading includes the idea that the reader and the Universe have set up a unique “dictionary” of meanings for the cards, and everyone’s dictionary is a bit different. (I suppose you can just use a sort of default set of meanings that you read in a book, but it works best if you study the cards and do Tarot readings enough to have formulated meanings for each card that make sense for you.)

Finally, I think that if someone wants me to do a reading for them, they should set up an appointment to get one. Of course, in asking me to reinterpret a reading for them, what they actually want is a free reading (they never offer to pay me anything for my reinterpretation efforts), but that’s not really fair to me since this is how I make my living. In fact, as in the case of the example above, they typically don’t even give me a thank you afterward. (In case you’re wondering, I have a blog post about why saying “Thank you” is important.)

So what might I do? In such instances, I may point the person toward some possible interpretations for the card or cards in question so they can figure things out for themselves. As an example, here is an excerpt from my response to that question about the Two of Cups:

I don’t think the Tarot predicts the future so much as it helps us see how to create a better future. For some ideas about what the Two of Cups may be advising you, see:
http://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/pithy-two-cups-3/

http://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2011/01/20/two-cups-spiritual-message/

http://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/two-cups-spiritual-message-3/

http://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/two-cups-spiritual-message-4/

Of course, these are just suggestions to start you thinking about this card in ways that go beyond mere fortune telling.

 

Pithy Tarot meanings — Six of Cups

Six of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersSix of Cups
Nostalgia can make even the worst of times look like the best of times.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Seven of Wands

Seven of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersSeven of Wands

“To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.” — Mike Gafka

See this and other quotes about dealing with life’s challenges here: http://andrewsmunro.net/lifedynamicsstatic/quotes5.htm

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Seven of Swords

Seven of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersSeven of Swords
Nobody likes a cheater … but everyone justifies their own cheating.

Also on this topic of cheating — you might be interested in an article titled, “Why So Many People Get Away with Cheating (Until They’re Caught)

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Sun

The Sun -- Tarot of the MastersThe Sun
“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely, when you are in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” — Hafiz

If you would like to explore this sentiment about the Sun card further, I would refer you to a couple of blog posts from a few years ago. One suggests doing a visualization with this card, and the other expands on this message to show how a spiritual life is joyful, not dour, as many think.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Four of Wands

Tarot of the Masters -- Four of WandsFour of Wands
Every little achievement is a milestone worth celebrating. Don’t wait for the big events to rejoice; do it now.
For more about this, see http://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/four-wands-spiritual-message/

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