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What does the King of Swords mean?

King of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the King of Swords:
While novices want praise, experts want criticism.

This is, of course, an ideal of experts. The great ones want criticism so that they can see where they still need improvement. In fact, then, we might also use the following as a meaning for this card:

Great experts want criticism; mediocre ones want praise.

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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 and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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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:
“If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” ― W.C. Fields

Although one might think this quote is about intelligence and thus belongs in the suit of Swords, I see it as a recommendation for (or warning about) confusion and chaos. Hence, my association of it with the Five of Wands. And with that in mind, the following is another way to put this.

If you can’t convince them, confuse them.

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What does the Ten of Pentacles mean?

Ten of Coins / Pentacles -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Ten of Pentacles:
Part of us comes from all that we have inherited, but another part is made up of what we are creating.  Look forward, not back.

The Ten of Pentacles is sometimes considered “the inheritance card,” but in numerology, the number 10 reduces to the number 1, which is about new things. Thus, all of the TEN cards can be seen as both the old and a potential to move on to the new.

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What does the Seven of Swords mean?

Seven of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Swords:
They are manipulating you.

Psychological manipulation comes in many forms. For example, there is “Gaslighting,” which is where one person manipulates another into doubting their own perceptions or sanity. (You might want to read an article titled “Are You Being Gaslighted?” if you suspect this is happening to you.) Then there is the way of a cult, which is to begin by telling you that everyone else is lying to you and then by systematically lying to you themselves.

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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 and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Page of Pentacles mean?

Youth of Coins / Page of Pentacles -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Page of Pentacles:
It doesn’t matter how far down you are on the corporate ladder if you’re eager to work your way up.

Here’s an alternative version:
You climb a corporate ladder like any other ladder—one rung at a 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 eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Two of Wands mean?

Two of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Two of Wands:
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

This is Newton’s Third Law of Motion, but we can apply it to human relations too. In physics, it says “When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body.” Similarly, in human affairs, when we exert a force on someone, the result is that they exert an opposite force upon us.

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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 and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Hanged Man mean?

Hanged Man -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Hanged Man:
Wisdom means shifting your focus away from the material things in life.

There is a saying that we spend the first half of life accumulating things and the second half getting rid of them. With this “doctrine of voluntary impermanence,” we shift our focus away from the material things in life.

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What does the Two of Pentacles mean?

Two of Coins (Pentacles) -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Two of Pentacles:
You have to weigh both the pros and the cons in order to evaluate something.

I know this advice sounds like a no-brainer, but very often people don’t do this. If they have a desire (either conscious or unconscious) to accept or praise an option, they typically consider only its pros. If they want to reject or disparage it, they point out its cons while ignoring its pros.

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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 and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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What does the Six of Pentacles mean?

Six of Coins -- Tarot of the MastersHere are a couple of proverbs that work well with the Six of Pentacles (perhaps in its shadow or reversed aspect).

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.
Beggars can’t be choosers.

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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 and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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