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Pithy Tarot meanings — Five of Wands

Five of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersFive of Wands:
Value cooperation over competition. After all, we are all in this life together.
Note: You may want to use this pithy meaning when this card is reversed.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Sun card

The Sun -- Tarot of the MastersThe Sun card:
“Smile every morning when you awaken. There are 24 brand-new hours are before you.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Moon card

The Moon -- Tarot of the MastersThe Moon:
To paraphrase Roger Housden:
“Life means saying Yes! to the unknown as well as the known.”

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Star

The Star -- Tarot of the MastersThe Star card:
“If people sat outside and looked up at the stars each night, I bet they would live a lot differently.”

Question: Do you ever do this? And if you do, how does it change your life?  (Alas, this is less effective for those of us living in the glare of city light pollution … but the message is still relevant.)

The source for this quote is unknown to me, but you can see the Facebook meme where I found this here:

if people sat outside at night and looked at the stars etc

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Devil

Demons (Devil) -- Tarot of the MajorsThe Devil:
With every addiction, whether obvious or subtle, the ego keeps us out of Heaven. (In other words, it blocks our awareness of “the kingdom of God which is all around us.”)

Here is a not-so-pithy expansion on this pithy meaning:
Some addictions are obvious, such as drugs, alcohol, pornography, gambling, etc. Others, however, may be subtle—seemingly normal and acceptable—such as materialism, sugar, coffee, TV, Facebook, etc. In either case, an addiction is a habit that distracts us from an authentic experience of the present moment, and in that way, it traps us in our own little slice of Hell.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Death card

Death -- Tarot of the MastersThe Death card:
Don’t take anything for granted. It may be gone tomorrow because everything ends sooner or later.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Hermit

Hermit -- Tarot of the MastersThe Hermit:

“Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.”Max Ehrman (Desiderata)

I associate this quote with the Hermit for its implications of both the wisdom of age and the passage of time. (The Hermit has traditionally been associated with Father Time.)  My interpretation of this quote from the Desiderata is, briefly, as follows:

First: Learn and become wise as you age. In other words, use your experiences as an opportunity to learn, no matter what those experiences are, both good and bad.

Second: Realize and accept that aging is also a constant process of giving some things up, little by little, one thing at a time. Thus, there should be a tradeoff between acquired wisdom and the loss of things of your youth. As my mother used to say, “I’ve earned every one of these gray hairs.” Or perhaps leaning to release things gracefully (instead of grudgingly) is one of the best sources of wisdom.

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Fool

The Fool -- Tarot of the MastersThe Fool:
“If we never take a risk, we’ll never know the parts of ourselves that would have emerged if we had.” — Marianne Williamson

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Pithy Tarot meanings — Two of Pentacles

Two of Coins (Pentacles) -- Tarot of the MastersTwo of Pentacles:
People do change. Perhaps it’s time to give someone a second chance.

We tend to assume that people don’t change, that they are the same now as they were when we first formed our opinions of them. But that’s not true, and although the changes a person makes over the years may be subtle, they also may be great. Who knows? Now and then we just have to take a second look and make a new assessment of them. This reminds me of this wonderful quote from George Bernard Shaw (from Man and Superman):

“The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”

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Pithy Tarot meanings — The Tower

Marseille Tarot - Maison Dieu (Tower)The Tower:
“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” — Abraham Maslow

I might add that sometimes if we don’t step forward, the Universe kicks us out of that safety zone so we have to go forward.

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