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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 Five of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

Five of Swords -- RWS2.0There are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of traditional readings. What follows is a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Five of Swords.

This card’s indication of petty arguments once suggested this pithy meaning to me:
Would you rather be right or happy?

I also associate the following not-so-pithy quote with it:

“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.  You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others without being crippled by your own judgment.” — Ralph Marston

When someone disagrees with us, we may consider them to be an enemy (to some extent) if we take disagreements personally. But what if those who disagree with us are not our enemies?  What if they are teachers we are refusing to pay attention to?  If we listen to such “enemies” we can discover all sorts of valuable truths about ourselves.  Of course, not everything they say is true but some of it can be, so there usually is something important to be learned from them if we keep an open mind.  This can be a painful process, but ultimately it is a process that will set us free.

Here is an exercise you might do to bring this message into your life.  Think of someone you consider an “enemy” because they opposed you in an argument, and then consider what truth about yourself this situation may reveal.  Perhaps you have some deep, hidden doubts about your position.  Maybe you are projecting on to the other person some trait or characteristic that you dislike in yourself.  Or is your ego is defending itself at the expense of your happiness?  In any case, try to think of this other person as a teacher rather than as an opponent so that you can learn something from this situation instead.

Also, let this exercise set an example so that you can start making better choices in the future about your responses in similar situations. And always keep in mind the question, “Would I rather be right or happy?”

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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 Seven of Wands mean?

Wands 07 10pctHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Wands:
For every challenge there is a solution.

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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/Here is a pithy meaning for the Two of Swords:
Beware of making a “convenience decision.”

You’re probably wondering what a “convenience decision” is. This is when we think we’re making a logical decision, but in reality we are choosing the option that best suits our convenience. Here’s an example:

When I was six years old my parents decided that my oldest brother, who was twelve at the time, was old enough and mature enough to be left in charge when they went out for the evening. (He wasn’t.) Consequently, they were able to stop using my grandmother (who neither of them really liked) as a babysitter.  They thought they were making a rational decision, when in fact they were making a choice that suited their desire to stop being dependent on my grandmother.

So this pithy meaning warns us that when a decision nicely fits our desires—when it is the convenient choice—it may not be as rational as we want to think.

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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 Four of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

Four 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 Four of Swords.

This card represents rest and recuperation, and it also indicates meditation and introspection. Because of that, I thought of the Four of Swords when I saw a video called “What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains” from which I got the following quotes from Nicholas Carr:

We are living in a state of perpetual distraction, which crowds out the more contemplative, calmer modes of thinking.

The ‘Net is making us more superficial as thinkers.

This suggests today’s advice for improving your life:

Make time today (and everyday) to switch off your electronics—your computer, cell phone, and television—and think calmly and deeply about something important to you.

Or you may prefer this more general suggestion:
Get away from the distractions of everyday life now and then. That’s where you’ll find peace and where you’ll discover true understanding.

Similarly, I once read an article about how our electronic tethers are affecting our sleep (in a bad way). This is a quote is from that article:

The No. 1 way to get better sleep: Turn off the technology, especially in the sanctity of your bedroom.

In fact, if you Google “turn off your electronics before bed” you’ll find a lot of articles in support of this assertion.  So another suggestion is this:

An hour before bedtime, turn off your cell phone and other such distracting pieces of technology. If you can keep them out of the sanctity of your bedroom entirely, that’s even better.

But, wait! There’s more!

I once read a great article called “Why Silence is So Good For Your Brain.”  Here is a quote:

The ceaseless attentional demands of modern life put a significant burden on the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is involved in high-order thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving. As a result, our attentional resources become drained. When those attention resources are depleted, we become distracted and mentally fatigued, and may struggle to focus, solve problems and come up with new ideas.

Indeed, one study cited in this article found that just two minutes of silence can be more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music.

So here is yet another suggestion for how to make your life happier:

Several times each day spend a couple of minutes in complete silence.

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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 Three of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

Alchemical Tarot -- Three SwordsThere 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 Three of Swords.

Let’s start with a quote that I associate with this card:

“Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” — Traditional saying (which may be more encouragement than prediction)

I once saw a wonderful amateur performance of Christina Aguilera’s Song “Beautiful” where a group of people joined the singer on stage.  Each person held up a sign with an insulting word (such as “ugly” or “stupid” or “nerd”).  Then, at the end of the song, they all flipped over their signs to display the word “beautiful” written on the back.  It was quite moving, and it made me think about the insults we’ve accumulated in our hearts.  I realized that all of us carry around the hurtful words or accusations that have been thrown at us through the years—from our childhood up to today—and from time to time we relive hearing them.  Then I thought of a wonderful way to deal with that and to heal such wounds. Here it is:

Today, make a commitment that whenever such thoughts come into your head—whenever you imagine someone telling you that you are not good enough, or not smart enough, etcetera—whenever that happens, imagine that person saying instead “You’re beautiful.”  (You can substitute whatever compliment you prefer there.)  Then that wounding will start to become fertile soil for the growth and blossoming of your psyche.

First PS: It might help to listen to Christina Aguilera’s Song “Beautiful”.  (The link here will take you to the song on YouTube.)

Second PS: For another perspective on this traditional sticks and stones saying and how it relates to this card, read my Tarot Spirituality post about it from a couple of years ago.

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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 Ten of Wands mean?

Ten of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Ten of Wands:
“Nothing succeeds like excess.” — Oscar Wilde

Note that this may be considered this card’s meaning when in a reversed aspect.
Note also that one might use this meaning for the Ten of Pentacles, depending on what is in excess.

PS: Actually the full quote is “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess” but I found the common abbreviation above better suited to the Ten of Wands.

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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 Two of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

Swords 02There are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here is a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Two of Swords. This card is about duality, choices, and compromise. It can also indicate conversations and our awareness that there are two sides to every story.

Today’s suggestion is to listen closely to what people say when they speak to you.  Give them your full attention and think about what they have said before you begin to consider your response.  Not only will you hear things you don’t expect, but you will find that people will like talking to you a lot more. 

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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 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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