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

Ten of Swords RWS2.0 Tarot eCardsThere 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 Ten of Swords.

This card is often viewed negatively, and people hate to see it turn up in a reading, but that comes from focusing on the common illustration on it (after the RWS fashion). However, we can also consider it from a numerological (10) / elemental (Swords/Air) point of view. In that case, we might see the Ten of Swords as indicating an end to a way of thinking. Indeed, one of my pithy meanings for the Ten of Swords is this:

Stop believing everything you think.

This meaning was inspired by an article that considers the question: “How would your life change if you stopped believing all of your thoughts?” Briefly, here is a very short excerpt:

Most of us … get committed to our worldviews and become extremely attached to our problems. [Consider thoughts like] “I’m always bad with math” or “I don’t enjoy music” or “my enemy hates me.” You can show kindness to yourself by disbelieving [them]. … When you really stop believing your thoughts, you notice that you have more gratitude, appreciation, and love toward life.

So if we realize that our thoughts about things are but one interpretation of reality and we stop letting our beliefs define our lives, we can become happier. But how can we make this fundamental shift of consciousness? It takes practice, of course, so here is a way to start practicing:

Today, take a few minutes to contemplate something (such as a flower, a piece of furniture, a mountain in the distance) for a while without thinking about it or about what it means. Just see it, feel it, smell it, listen to it — anything but think about it.  See if you can do that and just experience what happens. It’s not easy, but try it, knowing that it takes practice.

That’s one suggestion. Now, here’s another one. Remember I said that this card’s illustration disturbs people? Well, even considering it, we can come up with a suggestion about how to find a happier life. This picture suggests the saying, “death by a thousand cuts.”[1] We can use this concept to see how we can slowly “kill” the inhumanity that infects the world (or just the sadness that infects each of us personally) through repeated simple acts of kindness.  Here, then is something you can do today:

Today, commit being kind, loving, compassionate, and generous.  The ways you do this may seem small and inconsequential, but if you do it often and consistently, the world around you will eventually change, and so will your life. The bad and sad things in the world and in your life will start to be transformed by the process of “death by a thousand cuts.”

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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] “Death by a thousand cuts” refers to a process whereby something is whittled away, bit by bit. No single cut deals a mortal blow, but cumulatively, each one brings the thing being attacked a little closer to a fatal end.

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What does the Tower card mean?

Tower card -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Tower card:
It’s not a fortress; it’s a prison.

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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 Pentacles mean?

Ace of Coins -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Ace of Pentacles:
Life owes you nothing; everything is a gift.

Here is an expansion on this pithy meaning:
People are blessed with a sense of abundance when they feel a humble gratitude for all that they have. On the other hand, those who have a narcissistic sense of entitlement are cursed with a hollow sense of “it’s never enough.”

This pithy meaning was inspired by an article titled “What Gets in the Way of Gratitude?” and here are a couple of quotes from that article:

  • “Reigning in entitlement and embracing gratitude and humility is spiritually and psychologically liberating.”
  • “The realization that all is gift is freeing, and freedom is the very foundation upon which gratitude is based.”

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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 Judgment card mean?

Judgment card -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Judgment card:
The world would be a better place if we would search as diligently for reasons to love people as we do for reasons to judge 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 Five of Pentacles mean?

Five of Coins / Pentacles -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Five of Pentacles:
We tend to assume that our friends have the same financial resources that we have. That’s not always true.

This pithy meaning was partially inspired by an episode of “Friends” in which three of the friends (the ones of limited means) complained that the other three kept suggesting fun things to do that were too pricey. This message was reinforce recently by a post on Facebook by a friend who lamented that her doctor suggested a therapeutic course of action that would have financially burdened her since her financial situation was so dire. The doctor could not understand why she balked at the provided solution because to him (with his much greater resources), it was no big deal.

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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 Three of Wands mean?

Three of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Three of Wands:
Telling a friend about your goals will improve your chances of achieving 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 Knight of Swords mean?

Knight of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Knight of Swords:
“Actions speak louder than words.” — A common saying

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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 Star card mean?

The Star -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Star card:
In the darkest times, what good things there are shine so much brighter.

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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 Nine of Swords mean?

Nine of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Nine of Swords:
90% of what we think, do, and say comes from our unconscious.

This pithy meaning comes from studies that I’ve seen.  The point here is that we think we are rational and we think we have free will, but this is only about 10% true. Most of what we think, do, and say is the result of the inherited hardware of our brains and the “software/programming” that we have acquired through our experiences.

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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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