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Pithy Tarot meanings — Six of Cups

Six of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersSix of Cups:
“Kill them with kindness.” — Traditional saying

This idiom has several interpretations, including this one, which might serve well as an interpretation for this card: To get what you want by being very kind to another person.

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Seven of Swords: the problem of fakes and frauds

Seven of SwordsHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Swords:
“The fakes undermine the value of the real.”

This quote is from The Man in the High Tower by Philip K. Dick. It is in reference to the deflating effect of fakes on the value of legitimate collectibles (coins, stamps, artwork, etc.) and to their deleterious effect on the relevant collectibles market in general. However, it is equally true in other areas as well, including the market for Tarot readings, so I thought I’d expand on this pithy Tarot meaning with a bit of a rant.

There are many fraudulent Tarot readers out there. Here in Los Angeles, there are many storefront readers that charge a pittance for a reading (often, a mere $10), but those offers are primarily just a way to pull in customers. Those customers are then sold things like grossly overpriced candles, and if they are deemed susceptible, they may also get hit with “I see you have a curse on you, but I can remove it for $1,000.” Seriously. I have heard this sad story quite often! One friend was wise enough to roll her eyes and walk away, but another took it to heart. He did not pay the exorbitant price being asked (mainly because he didn’t have the money), but he did carry around the fear that was implanted by the experience until he talked to me about it.

Besides the damage that these fraudulent practices can have on the customers who encounter them, they also plant seeds of distrust and contempt for Tarot readers among the general populace, and they make many of the people who are interested in getting a Tarot reading think that readings should be cheap. This undermines the business of honest Tarot readers like myself, and it unfairly tarnishes our integrity. (This is one reason that I have posted a code of ethics on my website.)

So that’s my rant about fraudulent readers, but there is a broader message here too:

Cheating, dishonesty, and a lack of integrity — these things all have negative consequences far beyond what people imagine, mainly because people don’t want to think of such negative consequences when their income is in question.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Seven of Wands

Seven of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersSeven of Wands
“You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals.” — Booker T. Washington

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Three of Cups

Three of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersThree of Cups
“The number one reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” — Napoleon Hill
Here is one way of interpreting this quote:
Despite their good intentions, many of your friends are going to be naysayers when you try something new and innovative. Why? The change makes them feel threatened. So ignore the naysayers, whoever they are.

By the way, this pithy meaning may be seen as its reversed meaning if you use reversals.  Also, this may be considered another aspect of the “other side of the card.”

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Moon

The Moon -- Tarot of the MastersThe Moon card:
We can be in darkness, but we are not darkness. We are light.

This is a riff on the old saying, “Be in the world but not of the world.” It was suggested to me a while ago by a friend. I find it to be an encouraging way of looking at the Moon card when it indicates a dark time in our lives.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Five of Pentacles

Five of Pentacles RWS2.0Five of Pentacles
“The walls of hospitals have heard more prayers than the walls of churches” — Unknown

PS: This pithy meaning for the Five of Pentacles provides an interesting relationship between it and another FIVE card, the Hierophant (Key V).

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Star card

The Star -- Tarot of the MastersThe Star
Before you have faith, it’s okay to just start with hope.

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Two of Swords — Choose to succeed

Two of Swords RWS2.0 Tarot eCardsBut first, decide who you really are

“Every decision you make is not a decision about what to do; it’s a decision about who you are.” — Neale Donald Walsch

The Two of Swords can show us how to succeed in life because success begins with that most basic of decisions: “This is who I choose to be.” And so this card says that if your life is not all that you want it to be, it’s because you have not made the clear choice and established the clear vision of who you truly are and what you want to become. Once you have that vision (and it helps to write it down and post it where you’ll see it every day) and keep it in mind, then every decision you make will be a conscious and deliberate choice that will lead you to become the person you want to be.

Postscript: If you would like to read more about the spiritual meaning of this card as it relates to the above quote, see my blog post from a few years ago: Two of Swords — Spiritual Message of the Day.

 

Pithy Tarot meanings — Emperor

Emperor -- Tarot of the MastersThe Emperor:
“No one is free who has not obtained the empire of Self. No man is free who cannot command himself.” ― Pythagoras

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Page of Swords

Youth / Page of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersPage of Swords:
It is said that “curiosity killed the cat,” but there is a comeback to that saying — “… but satisfaction brought it back.”

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