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The Tarot can empower you to create the future you want and transform your life by providing you with insights about yourself and the world around you.

The Ace of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

Ace of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Ace of Swords.

This card indicates the wondrous power of thought and the singular importance of awareness.  From Ram Dass (Be Here Now) to Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), the message of modern spiritual leaders is increasingly clear: spiritual enlightenment arises out of a state of awareness that comes from living in the present moment as we focus our attention on the here and now.  This may sound difficult to attain, but here is an easy suggestion that will help you practice focusing on the here and now.  It arises from a new way of perceiving something:

You know those “mindless” tasks you need to do everyday—washing dishes, sweeping the floor, dusting, raking leaves, etc.? Those are not boring or onerous tasks. They are wonderful opportunities to practice mindfulness.

Today, every time you engage in one of those tasks, commit to focusing on what you are doing instead of thinking about other things. If your mind wanders off (and it will), gently refocus it on your task the moment you notice it wandering.

If you want more inspiration for this, I recommend this interview with Pancho Ramos-Stierle: “An Atheist on the Spiritual Transformation of the World“.

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Many of these suggestions from the cards about how to live a happier, more fulfilled life were inspired by my pithy Tarot meanings and by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. If you like them, you’ll love my books, Pithy Tarot and The Soul’s Journey. Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.
For a list of all my “Tarot and Happiness” posts see my article titled Find Happiness with Tarot Cards.

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The King of Cups suggests a way to live a happier life

TOM Cups 14 King c JWR 75pctThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the King of Cups.

This is not concerned with rules and authority like the King of Swords, he is not interested in power and leadership like the King of Wands, and material success does not mean much to him, as it does to the King of Coins.  Instead, important concerns for the King of Cups include things like love and compassion.

In Buddhism, it is said that Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy, hears the cries of suffering in the world and as a result, strives ceaselessly to free all sentient beings from their misery.  In seeming contrast to all that “striving,” however, Kannon is typically depicted in a meditative or contemplative pose, representing someone who is at peace with the world.

There are a couple of inferences we may draw from this.  One message is that the qualities of compassion and inner peace are inherently and inextricably intertwined.  Compassion for others comes from having peace within, and peace within comes from being a compassionate person.  We may also infer that being at peace is the way to lead others to serenity, whereas distress leads to more agitation and suffering.  Consequently, it is through the practice and example of our own serenity that we contribute to the end of suffering in the world.

Here is a suggestion for today based on all this:

Put yourself into a meditative state of mind today. If it helps, focus on the image here of the King of Cups from my own Tarot of the Masters deck (note: this image was inspired by a picture of Kannon) as you repeat a mantra such as “Peace and Compassion.” (Of course, you can use a mantra of your own choosing.)

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Many of these suggestions from the cards about how to live a happier, more fulfilled life were inspired by my pithy Tarot meanings and by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. If you like them, you’ll love my books, Pithy Tarot and The Soul’s Journey. Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.
For a list of all my “Tarot and Happiness” posts see my article titled Find Happiness with Tarot Cards.

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What does the Hierophant mean?

High Priest / Hierophant -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Hierophant:
There’s nothing like differing religious convictions to make us hate each other.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Seven of Wands mean?

Wands 07 10pctHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Wands:
“Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
(You may feel that this pithy meaning reflects this card when it is reversed.)

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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The Queen of Cups suggests a way to live a happier life

Tarot of the Masters -- Queen of CupsThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Queen of Cups.

This queen represents the part of us that is able to see everyone through the eyes of love.  It reminds us that we don’t just act in a loving way because we are full of love; we also are full of love because we act in loving ways.  In other words, as we practice compassion in our relationships with others, we fill our lives with love.

Today, consider someone you love and ask yourself if you have told them lately how much they mean to you.  We often assume that the people we love know that we love them (and they probably do), but there is great power in saying it out loud or demonstrating it some way, so find a way to do that. This practice can make your life (and the lives of others) happier and more fulfilled because the power of love and compassion can vitally transform your life.

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Many of these suggestions from the cards about how to live a happier, more fulfilled life were inspired by my pithy Tarot meanings and by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. If you like them, you’ll love my books, Pithy Tarot and The Soul’s Journey. Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.
For a list of all my “Tarot and Happiness” posts see my article titled Find Happiness with Tarot Cards.

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What does the Queen of Swords mean?

Queen of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Queen of Swords:
When you scratch her polished veneer, you’ll find a wounded and bitter person.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the King of Wands mean?

King of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the King of Wands:
The following pithy meaning is adapted from content in an article titled, “Viktor Frankl and the Search for Meaning: A Conversation with Alexander Vesely and Mary Cimiluca

Focus on the best version of a person and act as if they are already that person.

This meaning arises from an interpretation of the King of Wands as a leader.
Note that taking the advice of this pithy meaning will have an uplifting effect on people.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Five of Wands mean?

Five of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Five of Wands:
Some people just love to cause trouble.

This pithy meaning arises from the fact that the Five of Wands sometimes reminds me of Eris, the Goddess of Discord. See the following tale from her entry in Wikipedia:

The most famous tale of Eris recounts her initiating the Trojan War by causing the Judgment of Paris. The goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite had been invited along with the rest of Olympus to the forced wedding of Peleus and Thetis, who would become the parents of Achilles, but Eris had been snubbed because of her trouble-making inclinations.

She therefore tossed into the party the Apple of Discord, a golden apple inscribed – “For the most beautiful one”, thus provoking the goddesses to begin quarreling about the appropriate recipient. The hapless Paris, Prince of Troy, was appointed by Zeus to select the fairest. The goddesses stripped naked to try to win Paris’ decision, and also attempted to bribe him. Hera offered political power; Athena promised infinite wisdom; and Aphrodite tempted him with the most beautiful woman in the world: Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. Paris chose to award the apple to Aphrodite, thereby dooming his city, which was destroyed in the war that ensued.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Seven of Cups mean?

Seven of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Cups:

If you want to get literal with this card, you might use this pithy meaning:

What you’re waiting for just a “pie in the sky.”

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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