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

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

The common image on this card of a woman bound, blindfolded, and fenced in by eight swords, is often interpreted as meaning imprisonment, especially by thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. One type of belief that keeps us from happiness involves the list of negative things we believe about ourselves. The trick is to realize and overcome those mental bonds.

Here is a happiness exercise that uses this message about the Eight of Swords. The first step is to identify some beliefs about yourself—who you are or what you can do or be—that are holding you back. The next step is to discard them and replace them with positive ones.

Begin by thinking up a few such beliefs (at least one!).  Then, for each one, do the following:

  1. Write it down on a piece of paper, then cross it out.
  2. On a different piece of paper, write down an empowering alternative to it.
  3. Repeat that new, affirming statement three times.
  4. Throw away (or burn) the paper with the list of crossed out disempowering beliefs.
  5. Tuck the paper with the empowering statements in your pocket and carry it around with you today. Use it throughout the day to remind yourself of who you really are.

Here is an example. Let’s say your dysfunctional belief is that you have trouble remembering other people’s names:

Write down the old belief, then cross it out:

Paper pad 1 OLD1 JJ 33pPaper pad 1 OLD2 JJ 33p

Write down the new belief:

Paper pad 1 NEW JJ 33p

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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 High Priestess card mean?

High Priestess -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the High Priestess:
Nobody listened to Cassandra either – see how that turned out for them.

Do you ever get the sense that you’ve warned someone of some impending process, but they didn’t listen to you? Have you ever been warned by someone, but ignored them? This pithy meaning for the High Priestess card can be applicable in either case.

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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 Seven of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

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

“There are some secrets that we think we’re keeping, but those secrets are actually keeping us.” — Frank Warren

The sneaky attitude of the figure on the Seven of Swords typically implies some sort of mischievous meaning, but I can also see it representing the secrets that we carry around within us.  We think we benefit from keeping our secrets, but as the above quote reveals, our secrets often control us, and so the way to freedom includes finding a safe way to release them.

Of course, we don’t have to go public with every secret we know.  We should be responsible about this, especially with secrets that involve other people.  However, this discussion suggests the old adage, “Confession is good for the soul.”  Like lancing a boil, confession may be essential for the healing process to begin, especially if a secret is a haunting one.  As Alcoholics Anonymous says, the foundation of a lasting sobriety comes from “the open and honest sharing of our terrible burden of guilt.”[1]  In addition, secrets separate us from each other, while revealing them helps us realize our similarity and unity with other people.

Here is a simple exercise using this card’s message that might bring more happiness into your life.  First think of a secret that you’ve been keeping that is wearing away at your soul.  Then see if there is a safe way to let it go so that it loses its hold on you.  This can be a somewhat anonymous method like confessing it to a therapist or a priest or putting it on a postcard to send it to Postsecrets.com, or it can be a more public exercise ranging from telling a friend to posting it on a social media. Just be sure that this revelation will not hurt an innocent person and that it will liberate you rather than harm you.

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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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[1] Alcoholics Anonymous’s Step 5 is: “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
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What does the Two of Wands mean?

Two of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersTwo of Wands:
“A power struggle collapses when you withdraw your energy from it.”  — Gary Zukav

Here is a bit more about this from Gary Zukav:
“Power struggles become uninteresting to you when you change your intention from winning to learning about yourself.”

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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 Six of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

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

With its depiction of a somber voyage to a new and better land, this card can suggest gaining a new outlook on life in our quest for happiness and meaning.  We usually think this will come from a change in our circumstances, such as a new job, relationship, or location—and sometimes it may—but a change in our attitude and perspective is what’s most effective because, as the saying goes, “happiness is an inside job.” There are a lot of quotes that support this point and provide varying perspectives on it. Here are a few of them:

  • “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust
  • “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” — Dale Carnegie
  • “By thinking upon a condition, we tend to animate it with the life of our thought, and thereby it is perpetuated and magnified.” — Ernest Holmes (from his book, The Science of Mind)
  • “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Max Planck
  • And finally, here are a couple of quotes from Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning
    “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
    “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Our search for happiness entails things like learning to see the proverbial glass as half full instead of half empty or looking for the good in situations or other people instead of the bad.  This choice of perspective is always ours to make, and as we arrive at this new consciousness, we will find that it is vital to improving our lives and bringing positive change to the world.

Based on all this, here is an exercise you might do to bring more happiness into your life.
Consider for a moment: What circumstance do you think needs to change in order for you to be happy?  Now think about how you can change your views and attitude about it. This is how you can become happier about your situation right now.

PS: Note that I’m not saying you shouldn’t try to change your circumstances. I’m saying that for now, see if you can change your perspective of it.

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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 Six of Swords mean?

Six of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Six of Swords:
We all have stories to tell. Sometimes the greatest gift we can give someone is to listen to one of them.

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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 Hierophant mean?

High Priest / Hierophant -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Hierophant:
Whenever you look down your nose at other people, you’re not being righteous; you’re being self-righteous.

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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 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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