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Two of Coins / Pentacles — Spiritual Message of the Day

April 25, 2011

Two of Coins (Pentacles) -- Tarot of the MastersThe guy on the RWS version of this card seems to be having fun, or at least, he certainly isn’t taking himself too seriously. My own Tarot of the Masters version of the card was inspired by a painting by Degas called The Star. Degas’s art often portrays dancers working at their craft, and it was part of his genius that their work usually looked like play. This suggests meanings for this card that range from humor and laughter to fun and joy.

You’ve doubtless heard the saying “Laughter is the best medicine,” and that’s as true for your soul as it is for your body. So the advice for today is to find more humor and laughter in your life and stop taking yourself so seriously. Laugh at life and at our human foibles. Don’t be afraid to take an irreverent look at life now and then.

This doesn’t mean laugh at specific people or their specific problems or failures. That’s derision, no matter how much some people say, “I’m just kidding; can’t you take a joke?” That sort of “humor” is our ego’s attempt to feel better about ourselves by putting down some other person or group. Instead, laugh about things that we all do. (The late George Carlin had a gift for this.  If you’re interested in more, his book Brain Droppings is a pretty good place to start.)

And while you’re at it, find a way to laugh from delight, for the sheer joy of life. One way to do that is to play with little children. They know all about that sort of laughter! (See for example the YouTube sensation, Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper.) Or play with a pet. They too know how to have fun with life.
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