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What does the Four of Swords mean?

Four of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersToday I’m using a quote from a post from PostSecret.  (Perhaps this is not exactly a pithy meaning for the Four of Swords so much as it is a pithy understanding of how it may relate to someone?) —
“I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake.” — Ernest Hemingway

The following expansion on this is adapted from a comment on the PostSecret Facebook page:

We should note that Hemingway battled depression for a long time and ended up committing suicide, so it makes a lot of sense that he would have said this.  When someone is in a state of depression, everything seems to fall apart except when you’re sleeping.

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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 eBook or the FREE app that uses my pithy Tarot meanings … and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Devil card mean?

Demons (Devil) -- Tarot of the MajorsHere is a pithy meaning for the the Devil card:
Sometimes it seems like you’re “damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

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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 eBook or the FREE app that uses my pithy Tarot meanings … and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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Tarot Tips … and a testimonial

In the latest issue of Tarot Tips, Elinor Greenberg has a wonderful article called “REPEAT BUSINESS: THE ART OF GIVING A USEFUL TAROT READING.”  In the first section of it — “Stay focused on the querent’s specific question” — she very kindly complements how I did a reading for her many years ago. Thank you for the shout-out, Elinor!

I would like to refer you all to the this TT issue where you can read her article, along with all the other great articles brought to you by the Tarot School.

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What does the Six of Pentacles mean?

Six of Coins -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Six of Pentacles:
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn .

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 eBook or the FREE app that uses my pithy Tarot meanings … and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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A blog about “re-blogging”

Seven of Swords -- Tarot of the Masters

Today I would like to talk a bit about (re)blogging etiquette. This is because of an unfortunate incident that arose yesterday concerning my post “Consciousness Transformation Spread.” I don’t want to go into too many details about what happened. I mainly want to point out what I feel is proper Internet / Blogging etiquette when one wants to “re-blog” a post, so I will try to stick to only providing enough details about yesterday’s incident to illustrate my points about etiquette.

First of all, let’s be clear about this term, “re-blog.”  It’s just a euphemism for “copy.”  When you copy a blog post in its entirety, you are usurping someone else’s work. You are now potentially getting some traffic going to your site that should go to the site of the post creator. Now, if you credit that person and post a link back to their site, that’s nice, and it saves you from an accusation of plagiarism (which would take this discussion to a higher level of problems). However, if you copy the entire post, or even just the meat of it, you are not (as you might want to believe) helping the originating blog get traffic or attention since virtually no one will click over to it. Why should they? They got all the info they need from your blog.  So you may not be taking credit, but you are taking my traffic, and that ultimately impacts my livelihood.

So what should you do?

First and foremost, ask before you copy. Pretty simple: Ask permission, like your mother taught you.  Informing me after the fact is nice, but not preferred.  And when you ask for permission, it’s also important to ask how I would like to be attributed.  Why do I say that?  Here’s an example: the person I mentioned at the beginning of this post, credited me as the author of “Tarot Tells the Tale.” That seemed good to her, but it’s not what I want. Had she asked, I would have told her that I don’t want people to be referred to that book. (Here’s why: https://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/tttt-vs-tre/) Instead, I would appreciate a reference to the revised edition, Tarot Reading Explained.

Second, be prepared for a couple of potential responses:
ONE: “I’d rather you not copy my post.”
TWO: “I’d like you to only post an excerpt.” I will probably give you the excerpt I would like you to use, and ask that you then refer your readers to my blog to read the rest.

Then if you don’t want to comply with my requests, don’t copy my post at all.

The upshot of all this is that I have felt compelled to add a blurb on my blog (which you can see on the right-hand column) that explicitly asks that people not “re-blog” my posts without prior permission.  Now, it has also been suggested to me that I use a ‘blog protector’ plugin to keep people from copying any content from my blog. (Thanks to Louise Underhill for that suggestion.) I am considering that, but I don’t know; it seems that may be a rather draconian solution. For now, I’ll stick with the request blurb and see how well that works.  Another suggestion that I am considering is to use an on-line plagiarism checker like Copyscape.com to find where my work may have been copied.

And finally, a big thank you to Siobhan Rene for her suggestion that I do a post about blog etiquette regarding “reblogging.”

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Consciousness Transformation Spread

A few months ago I presented a two-class webinar about how to create spreads called Millions of Tarot Spreads. (A recorded version of the webinar is available.) One technique that I talked about was how to create a new spread by expanding upon an old one, and here is an example of that. In this case, I began with the simple “Past, Present, Future” spread and expanded it through consideration of two bits of wisdom:

  1. Live in the here and now. It’s all there really is.
    This new spread will help you get out of living in the past and/or future.
  2. We find happiness and fulfillment through gratitude and appreciation. (For more about why and how to do that, see an article called “Four Great Gratitude Strategies.”)
    This spread will help you increase your sense of appreciation for your life.

So I revised the three PPF positions to reflect our typical consciousness of the Past, Present, and Future.  Then I added three more positions above them to reflect a higher consciousness of the Past, Present, and Future.  Thus a reading with this spread will show you how you can transform your consciousness.

What follows is the spread layout:

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Consciousness Transformation Spread

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Here are the positional definitions:

Bottom row (Ego consciousness):

Card 1:  (Regrets and hurt)  What regrets do you have about the past? Or what past events are you still hurt or angry about?
Card 2:  (Problems)  What problems do you have now?
Card 3:  (Hopes)  What do you fear will happen in the future?

Top row (Higher consciousness):

Card 4:  (Appreciation of the past)  Considering the regrets or anger from a past event, how did that past event actually help you become the person you are today?
Card 5:  (Gratitude for today)  What in your life right now should you show gratitude for? Or how is the current problem you are facing really a blessing?
Card 6:  (Envision the future)  How can you envision (in order to create) a future filled with joy, love, and abundance?

Note that my intention for this spread is that you first deal cards 1 – 3 and interpret them. Then deal cards 4 – 6 and interpret them.

So there you have it, an example of creating a spread that is an expansion of another spread. And the result is a spread that will give you readings to transform your consciousness and create a better life for yourself..

For more information about my recorded spreads workshop and how to purchase it, see: http://globalspiritualstudies.com/tarot/james-ricklef/millions-of-tarot-spreads/

If you’re interested in getting a reading from me, see my reading rates page.  And if you like the spread you see here, I can use it for your reading if you’d like.

What does the Five of Wands mean?

Five of Wands, RWS2.0I saw an entry on the Postsecret blog (http://postsecret.com/) today that implies a pithy meaning for the Five of Wands that I’d not seen before:
“I just want to be a part of something … anything.”
What do you think?

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pithy 5 of wands from post secrets 75p.
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 eBook or the FREE app that uses my pithy Tarot meanings … and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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A Tarot Triptych: Four of Coins, King of Cups, Nine of Wands

Today I dealt the following three cards to interpret them as a story spread:

Triptych -- Tarot of the Masters: Four of Coins, King of Cups, Nine of Wands

First, let’s consider the direction of movement here.  The King of Cups (the central card) is basically facing to the right, which implies a left-to-right movement for the cards. On the other hand, the figure in that card is seated, which indicated to me that the movement may be hesitant or delayed.  This hesitance is reinforced by the fact that the man on the Four of Coins is looking backward (i.e., from right-to-left).

Now let’s look at a quick interpretation of each card:

Four of Coins: Valuing material things above all else; materialism
King of Cups: Wisdom of the heart, which leads to the ability to maintain serenity even in tumultuous circumstances
Nine of Wands: Barriers, gaining wisdom from old wounds, the “wounded healer”

Finally, let’s see the mini-story I saw in these three cards:

As long as you focus on the material aspects of life you won’t be able to develop the emotional wisdom and serenity you need in order to overcome the (probably subconscious) barriers to success that old wounds have created.

(Note that this interpretation might be in response to someone who is working hard on gaining material accomplishment, but without nearly as much success as they want.)

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A 3-card Story spread reading is a way to interpret three cards as a single triptych image that tells a story.  If you want more explanation of how (and why) to do such readings, see my blog post titled, “The Triptychs of TarotVille.”

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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:
It’s great to be exuberant about something, but you really have to focus that energy!

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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 eBook or the FREE app that uses my pithy Tarot meanings … and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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