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What does the Five of Wands mean?

RWS 2.0 Five of WandsHere is a pithy meaning for the Five of Wands:
“Too many cooks spoil the broth.” — Traditional saying

Some people see those five guys as fighting with the sticks, and some see them as working together to build something with them. So is this card about chaos or creativity? Answer: sometimes one, sometimes the other. In the case of this pithy meaning, it’s a bit of both at the same time.

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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 Ace of Swords mean?

RWS 2.0 Ace of SwordsHere is a pithy meaning for the Ace of Swords:
It is very hard to see anything except through the filter of what we already believe.

For a more extensive discussion about this sort of meaning for the Ace of Swords, see my blog post titled “Ace of Swords — Spiritual Message of the Day

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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?

RWS 2.0 Eight of PentaclesHere is a pithy meaning for the Eight of Pentacles:
We are all creatures of habit, even when those habits aren’t good for us.
Note: This may be considered a reversed or problematic meaning for this card.  Also, one could also make the argument to associate this meaning with the Eight of Wands 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 Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What Are Pithy Tarot Meanings? Part II

Pithy Tarot coverThis blog post is sort of a sequel to a post from about six years ago titled What Are Pithy Tarot Meanings?

While talking to Mary Brown on her podcast on which I was a guest recently, we touched upon the topic of my pithy Tarot meanings, which made me think about how I might clarify some things about them.

My hope is that when people read these pithy Tarot meanings, it will be like planting seeds rather than harvesting crops. Besides providing ideas about what the cards mean, I hope they make people think more deeply about the cards and thus come up with new insights for themselves about card meanings. I also hope that people will adjust these pithy meanings to better suit their own needs and their own understanding of the cards. I also hope that they will inspire everyone to come up with their own pithy Tarot meanings. So the crop I want you to grow with these seeds is an abundance of understanding of the cards and a robust ability to forever expand upon that understanding.

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What does the Nine of Cups mean?

RWS 2.0 Nine of CupsHere is a pithy meaning for the Nine of Cups:
Are you a good drunk or a bad drunk?
(Apologies to The Wizard of Oz)

We Tarot readers all develop our own particular meanings and interpretations for the cards. (For example, on reader I know sometimes sees “You missed the boat” in the Two of Wands.) One of my individualized Tarot interpretations is that the Nine of Cups indicates inebriation (especially when the Devil card is nearby in the reading). I mean, come on: look at all those cups on the table behind this guy! It almost makes you want to start singing “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.”

Starting with that take on this card, I came to the thought that some people can handle their drink and some can’t. In other words, it’s a problem for some people but not for others.

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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 Tower card mean?

RWS 2.0 TowerHere is a pithy meaning for the Tower card:
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. — Traditional saying

With thanks to Karen for the suggestion.

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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 Chariot card mean?

RWS 2.0 ChariotHere is a pithy meaning for the Chariot card:
“No one has a choice between war and the absence of war; the only choice is between one level of struggle and another.” — Ravi Ravindra, The Bhagavad Gita: A Guide to Navigating the Battle of Life.

Ravindra goes on to expand upon this statement:

Everyone is a warrior of some kind: some fight for themselves, and some fight for God; some fight for material possessions, some for their souls; some struggle to control others, some to control themselves; but each one is engaged in some struggle, knowingly or unknowingly, poorly or well, profoundly or superficially.

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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 Knight of Wands mean?

RWS 2.0 Knight of WandsHere is a pithy meaning for the Knight of Wands:
Run toward what you desire, not away from what you fear.

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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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How does Tarot Work?

Announcement:
Catch me on Mary Brown’s “Mystical Musings” show where we will be discussing: “How does Tarot Work?” Use this link to listen to it on August 3, 2019 and any time afterward.

Mystical Musings show Aug 3 2019

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