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The Tarot can empower you to create the future you want and transform your life by providing you with insights about yourself and the world around you.

What does the Seven of Wands mean?

RWS 2.0 Seven of WandsHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Wands:
You don’t have to be greater than others to have value.

This pithy meaning advocates humility, which is a quality that seems, on the surface, to be the opposite of what this card describes. Consequently, it may be seen as a shadow or reversed aspect of this card.

(Note that humility keeps you grounded and on an equal footing with 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 Judgment card mean?

RWS 2.0 JudgmentHere is a pithy meaning for the Judgment card:
Don’t rush to judge when you’re still in the dark.

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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 Fool card mean?

RWS 2.0 FoolHere is a pithy meaning for the Fool card:
Treat your Inner Child with understanding and unconditional love and you will begin to heal.

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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 Cups mean?

RWS 2.0 Five of CupsHere is a pithy meaning for the Five of Cups:
Unexpressed grief will haunt you until you resolve it. 

Note that symptoms of unresolved grief are depression, lethargy, and disassociation.

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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 Page of Cups mean?

RWS 2.0 Page of CupsHere is a pithy meaning for the Page of Cups:
Are you feeling like “a fish out of water” in your new circumstances?

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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?

RWS 2.0 HierophantHere is a pithy meaning for the Hierophant:
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” — Socrates.

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 Cups mean?

RWS 2.0 Five of CupsHere is a pithy meaning for the Five of Cups:
You may be hurt or disappointed in someone, but don’t burn your bridges.

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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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Create Your Own Tarot Visualization Script

The following is an expanded version of an article that I wrote for Oracle 20/20 magazine over a decade ago.
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It is often said that the hardest person to do a Tarot reading for is yourself. This is because your ego, having a vested interest in such a reading, tends to shout down the soft voice of your intuition with its hopes and fears. Luckily, there are ways of using Tarot cards that can trick your ego into silence and allow your intuitive wisdom to shine through.

A common method is to do a guided visualization using a Tarot card’s image along with a predetermined script. But what should that script be? There are examples of such scripts in the existing Tarot literature, but one that you create for yourself is usually better suited to your particular needs. How, then, do you go about writing your own script?

The first step is to decide what you want to accomplish. Is there an issue or problem that you want help with, or are you just seeking general insight into what is going on in your life? It helps to begin by writing a statement of intent—perhaps a short paragraph—describing the purpose of your visualization and what you hope to accomplish with it.

RWS 2.0 LoversOnce you have a clear idea of what you want, the next step is to choose a card that addresses your needs, and there are several ways to make such a selection. You may use a logical process whereby you rationally decide what card would work best for your purposes. For example, if you want to solve a problem that lies in the realm of romance, you might choose the Lovers card. If you want to choose a card intuitively instead, look quickly through your deck, cards face up, until you see one that resonates with your thoughts or feelings about your situation. This may be a card that attracts you, disturbs you, or mystifies you. Alternatively, you may use the divinatory method of dealing yourself a card at random, trusting the Universe to give you the card you need.

Next, examine your chosen card and consider what significance its visual elements have to your state of affairs. Is there an object or a symbol that bears special meaning to you? Does a figure in it remind you of someone in your life, or symbolize the type of person you would like to be? With such considerations and observations in mind, you can begin writing your visualization script.

RWS 2.0 High PriestessYou might want to incorporate into your script an object in the card that catches your eye. If so, decide what it means to you and then integrate that meaning into your visualization. For instance, if there is a castle in the card, your script might have you enter it in order to investigate its various rooms. In that case, you may consider those rooms to represent various aspects of your life, your mind, or your aspirations. Or if, for example, you want to create a visualization script for the High Priestess card, your script might call for her to read to you from her book of mystical wisdom. In any case, any object you choose to incorporate in your script can help your unconscious mind communicate with you by allowing it to speak using images and symbols, its native language.

Also, you can create a script by considering how you might resolve a problematic aspect of the card you have chosen. For example, if you are using the Eight of Swords, you could RWS 2.0 Eight of Swordswrite a script in which you visualize yourself as the person in bondage, and then see yourself wriggle free of your bonds and escape from the entrapping swords. In that case, after your visualization is complete, you might compare how it felt to be bound and blindfolded with how it then felt to be free of those bonds. Also, you might consider the symbolic meaning of whatever you saw once you removed your blindfold.

You may write a script in which a figure in your card takes you on a journey of discovery. For example, if you are working with the Lovers card, the angel on it might take you into a singles bar to show you the kind of person with whom you could have a positive and supportive relationship. A similar idea is to envision yourself asking a person in the card how you might handle a problem you are trying to solve in order to see how she or he might deal with it using the power symbolized by the card. For example, it could be illuminating to RWS 2.0 Strengthsee how the woman in the Strength card might suggest you cope with the antagonism of a difficult co-worker.

One caution about writing a guided visualization is that it may be tempting to provide too much detail and structure in your script, so be careful not to overwrite it. Leave a great deal of room for your unconscious mind to express itself. For example, a script for the High Priestess may include something like this:
“The Priestess then picks up her book and reads to you from it. Feel free to ask her to explain anything you do not understand about what she tells you.”
This leaves your unconscious mind free to speak to you through the vehicle of the High Priestess’s book.

Once you have written your script, you may memorize its basic steps before you use it, or you can record it and then play that recording during the process. Then when you are ready to journey into the card, begin by relaxing using whatever technique works best for you. Form a clear mental image of the card, then close your eyes and see yourself stepping into it as you begin your imaginary trip using your script. Be aware, however, that sometimes your unconscious mind can take you on unforeseen tangents. When this happens, it is wise not to resist. See where the process leads you, for your unconscious mind is a potent spiritual guide.

Finally, when you have completed your guided visualization, see yourself stepping out of the card and returning to your own body. Then write down what happened in order to solidify the experience in your consciousness, and try to explore the meaning of the experience. In fact, you may want to keep a Visualization Journal, for collectively these journeys can map the hidden terrain of your soul.

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Here are some resources to help you with this technique:

A brief introduction to doing a visualization using a Tarot card

A sample visualization script for the High Priestess

A sample visualization script for the Fool card

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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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