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

Knight of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Today’s advice for how to create a happier life comes from the Knight of Cups. We may interpret this card as actions (Knight) of the heart (Cups), which may suggest that we should follow the advice of our heart.  Or, as one of my pithy meanings for this card says:

Pause, reflect, and then act upon the intuitive wisdom of your heart.

When we are overwhelmed by problems that we don’t know how to handle, we may feel lost and bewildered. It can seem like we have been thrown off course like a ship tossed about in a storm.  Things like depression, financial difficulties, or frustration with a relationship can do this. At such times, it helps to let your heart show you how to regain your bearings and find your way.

Here, then, is a way to make your life a bit happier today:

First, take a break so you can relax and breathe deeply, focusing your concentration on your breath. Then reflect upon a difficult issue you are facing. Don’t judge it (or yourself) and don’t try to think of a solution, just bring it to your awareness calmly and lovingly. Then listen for the intuitive wisdom your heart, and let it show you how to proceed.

Perhaps you are now experiencing a difficult time, in which case this is a valuable exercise.  But even if you are doing okay right now, it can be valuable to practice this technique so you will be better able to use it when you really do need it. In that case, you can use any problematic situation in your life, even if it is not traumatic.

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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 Nine of Wands mean?

wands-09-10pctHere is a pithy meaning for the Nine of Wands:
“God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars.” — Elbert Hubbard

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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 Two of Swords mean?

https://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/deck-creator-forum-sevenfold-mystery/I recently read a great article titled, “The Sacred Pause That Stopped A Fight.” At the end of this article, there is a great quote that gives insight to a positive meaning of the Two of Swords:

“… you decided not to decide. You decided to step back and let go. You made space for the spirit of guidance.”

This led me to create the following pithy meaning for this card:

Sometimes you need to decide not to decide so you can make space for divine guidance.

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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 Eight of Pentacles mean?

Tarot of the Masters -- Eight of Coins / PentaclesHere is a pithy meaning for the Eight of Pentacles:
Mostly, we do what is habitual and what is within the comfort of the familiar.

I recently found an article titled, “Gratefulness: An Opportunity to Practice.” Its theme is gratefulness (which closely relates it to the Six of Pentacles), but it has a quote (from which I extracted the above pithy meaning) that reminded me of the Eight of Pentacles. The full quote is this:

Truthfully, it can be said that we are always practicing something. Most often, we are practicing what is habitual, familiar, and mostly unconscious.

This article also said the following, which is another great pithy meaning for the Eight of Pentacles:

A “practice” is anything we do that builds mastery through repetition.

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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 Page of Cups suggests a way to live a happier life

Youth / Page of Cups -- 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 Page of Cups.

A few years ago I posted the following pithy meaning for the Page of Cups.

To keep a relationship alive, keep it ever new — do something unexpected.

Here is what it suggests about making your life a happier:

Surprise someone you love with something fun and unexpected. This can be a little present, a sincere complement or expression of appreciation, or a helpful act. It can be anything that comes out of the blue to bring a surprised smile to the other person’s face. This will make the other person’s life a bit happier, and at the same time, it will make yours happier too.

Note that while one might expect this advice to apply to our romantic relationships, we can apply it to non-romantic relationships too. However, if you are not in a romantic relationship at this time and would like another suggestion, consider the fact that this card typically expresses the theme of being enchanted by the mysteries of life. Consequently, we may see it as urging us to embrace that which is mysterious and unknown.  It says, “Embrace the mysteries of life for they will enchant you and lead you into wondrous realms you never dreamed of before.”  This suggests another way to create a happier, more fulfilling life:

Today, consider something mysterious in life.  This can be anything from the “big” questions like “What’s the meaning of life?” and “What is love?” to more personal ones like “How can I truly love myself?” or “What is it about a beautiful sunset that makes me so happy?”  However, don’t try to definitively answer the question or analyze the mystery.  Instead, just feel the mystery, experience it, and let your heart travel the path that your contemplation reveals.

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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 Ten of Cups suggests a way to live a happier life

Ten of Cups -- 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 Ten of Cups.

The following excerpt from my book, The Soul’s Journey, leads us to today’s suggestion of what we can do to create a happier, more fulfilling life.

The number ten can represent an epilogue or foreshadow the start of a sequel.  Consequently, the Ten of Cups can imply the attainment of compassion for all through the integration of our emotional experiences.  It suggests coming full circle from the unconditional love of a child, which arises from innocence, to an emotional maturity wherein we have discovered the joy of loving unity with everyone.  And so this card indicates the blissful serenity that results from being at one with all humankind and with the world.

In Buddhism, there is a meditation for cultivating this type of universal compassion or “Loving Kindness.”  It may be described succinctly as an intentional wish for all beings to be happy and safe.  This practice begins with directing loving-kindness toward oneself, and then, progressively, toward a friend, a “neutral person,” a difficult person, all people, and finally, the entire universe.

Today, recite the following lines, repeating each one three times before progressing to the next one:

May I be free from anger, adversity, and suffering, and may I live happily.

May [a friend] be free from anger, adversity, and suffering, and may she live happily.

May [a neutral person] be free from anger, adversity, and suffering, and may he live happily.

May [a difficult person] be free from anger, adversity, and suffering, and may she live happily.

May all people be free from anger, adversity, and suffering, and may they live happily.

May the entire Universe be free from anger, adversity, and suffering, and may it live happily.

(Insert specific names for “a friend,” “a neutral person” and “a difficult person.”)

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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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