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What does the Five of Swords mean?

Five of Swords -- RWS2.0Here is a pithy meaning for the Five of Swords:
Every argument has the potential to be a learning experience.

Here is some expansion on that pithy meaning:
Too often, our take-away from an argument is an angry sense of how wrong, stupid, or unfair the other person was. Sometimes we even see the argument as an indication of how righteous we are.  However, it would be so much better (for ourselves and for the world) if we saw arguments as a means to learning more about ourselves and to improving ourselves. For example: Can we learn something from the other person’s perspective? Can we see how we got so easily provoked into an argument? Similarly, since other people may mirror our flaws, can we discover any of our own failings by considering what flaws in the other person provoked us? Considerations such as these can be uncomfortable, but ultimately, they will transform an aggravating experience into a learning experience instead.

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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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Five of Pentacles mean?

Five of Coins / Pentacles -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Five of Pentacles:
Clean up your environment in order to clean up your life.

Note that “your environment” can mean your office, your bedroom, your desk, etc. – any messy environment where you get the feeling that your progress in life is blocked.  As a personal note: I recently cleared up my desk and noticed that my productivity improved markedly.

PS: I have posted a couple of similar messages for this card:
Here is another pithy meaning for the Five of Pentacles.
Here is a Spiritual Tarot meaning for it.

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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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Hierophant card mean?

High Priest / Hierophant -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Hierophant card:
Whenever you’re doing a little moral superiority dance, you’re not morally superior.

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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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Three of Swords mean?

Sola Busca Three of SwordsA pithy meaning for the Three of Swords can be summed up in the common phrase “sadder but wiser.”  For example:

That may have been a painful experience, but I’ll bet you never make that mistake again!  You’re “sadder but wiser” now.

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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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Star card mean?

The Star -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Star card:
“Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Judgment card mean?

Judgment -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Judgment card:
We can find peace and enlightenment through forgiveness.

This bit of pithy Tarot advice may need a little more explanation and a little help, so here goes:

Although we know that we should love one another, we tenaciously cling to our right to judge other people.  Why do we do that? Why don’t we forgive?  And how can we move beyond the mistake of holding onto a grudge? I have written many posts about how the Judgment card relates to forgiveness and how forgiveness is essential to our spiritual progress. For example, here is one in which I conclude:

Forgiveness … is the balm that heals our wounds. In fact, it is the balm that heals the world.

Regardless of how valuable forgiveness is, we often find it so very hard to forgive, so here are some things we need to know so that we can learn to forgive.

Forgiveness comes when we realize that love and forgiveness are the same thing.
Forgiveness comes when we realize that we all have wounds that cause us to make mistakes.
Forgiveness comes when we release the label “evil” and replace it with “mistaken.
Forgiveness comes when we realize that “Many of the faults you see in others are your own nature reflected in them” (to quote Rumi).
Forgiveness comes when we realize that we are all One in Spirit.

And so, again, we need to know that one of the steps along the path to peace and enlightenment is forgiveness.

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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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Two of Swords mean?

Two of Swords RWS2.0 Tarot eCardsHere is a pithy meaning for the Two of Swords:
Beware the “fallacy of gray.”

Another way of expressing this pithy meaning is this:
While it’s true that things aren’t “black and white” we should also beware of the “fallacy of gray.”

This fallacy consists of thinking that everything along a continuum is essentially the same.  For example, “So what if Nixon did all that? All politicians are crooks.”

10pct gray is not the same as 90pct gray 50pct

Also, the following quote from a novel called David’s Sling by Marc Stiegler (which I found on a blog post titled “The Fallacy of Gray”) is an illustration of this fallacy and an explanation of why it is a fallacy:

The Sophisticate:  “The world isn’t black and white.  No one does pure good or pure bad. It’s all gray.  Therefore, no one is better than anyone else.”
The Zetet:  “Knowing only gray, you conclude that all grays are the same shade.  You mock the simplicity of the two-color view, yet you replace it with a one-color view.”

Note: The “fallacy of gray” is also known as the “continuum fallacy”:

The fallacy is the argument that two states or conditions cannot be considered distinct (or do not exist at all) because between them there exists a continuum of states. 

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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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Ace of Swords mean?

Ace of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Ace of Swords:
“Words are the bricks of our world and they have the power to change it.” — Enock Maregesi

This is from the message for Day 15 of a 21 Day challenge called “Spark your Spark.”

The words we use from day to day hold tremendous power in them. If we were more conscious of the power of our words, we would be more careful with the kinds of words we use. Today, make it your goal to be mindful of the words you speak—both to yourself and to others. Try to choose words that are positive, gentle and encouraging.

And so this all suggests a bit of advice for the Ace of Swords: Just for a day, choose your words carefully, especially your “self-talk.” For example, instead of telling yourself “I can’t do that,” say to yourself, “I will find a way to do that.”Choose words that are positive, gentle, and encouraging.

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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 eBook 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:
Life is just one big mystery to explore. You can enjoy that or be bewildered by it. Your choice.

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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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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