Let me provide a bit of illumination about this pithy meaning for the Knight of Cups by telling you about a conversation I had during a reading I once did while at a party. A beautiful woman wanted to know when she would meet “Mr. Right.” She also complained that “they’re all a**holes.” However, she also obliquely mentioned that she’s only interested in handsome, well-endowed, rich guys. (As I recall, though, two out of three would suffice.) She also said that “all the nice ones are homely and …” and then she held up her little finger and rolled her eyes. (If you’ve seen the movie “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, you may recall Andie MacDowell doing this.) I resisted the temptation to say, “Only interested in men like that, eh? So. How’s that working out for you so far?”
PS: You might consider this to be a pithy meaning for this card when it is reversed.
For Earth Day, I thought I’d share just a few of my favorite pithy Tarot quotes about the World card:
- First, a quote from Eckhart Tolle and also one from A Course in Miracles.
- Next, I give you a very famous quote from John Donne and then a not-so-famous quote from a much more famous person (John Lennon).
- And finally, what would a collection of Earth (World) quotes be without this one from Carl Sagan?
Happy Earth Day, everyone!
Here is a pithy meaning for the Page of Swords:
The secret to learning is to realize that it requires curiosity and humility.
(We think it’s just a matter of study and intelligence, but that’s only the obvious part.)
People sometimes think that this perspective (“When we accept our life as is, we suffer less”) suggests not doing anything to improve your life, that you should just resign yourself to bad conditions … and they rail against that. But that’s not at all what it means. It means we should accept the fact that right now things are what they are. You can, however, resolve to work to make them better. The difference lies in not attaching to what you want things to be. The difference lies in living in the world of the “here and now” instead of in the mythical Empire of Should. (For more about the quagmires of that empire, see this blog post from a few years ago: https://jamesricklef.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/emperor-spiritual-message/)
Another way to put this is “Don’t suffer what is — change it if you can and accept it if you can’t.” (This also suggests the famous “Serenity Prayer.”)
Today’s pithy meaning is a rather thought-provoking one that takes the Six of Pentacles into some interesting territory. Here it is:
Charity is too “vertical.” Think of it as solidarity instead.
Note: the full quote which inspired this pithy meaning is the following:
“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.” — Eduardo Galeano
This questions our concepts of charity, which we sometimes see in a rather condescending way. Perhaps instead of seeing charity as giving something to someone, it should be seen in the broader context of sharing with other people. And one of the things we get in that sharing is the opportunity to explore and exercise our divine nature of helping other people. And maybe we shouldn’t even call it “charity” at all; it’s just compassionate sharing. For example, does a parent consider it charity when they provide for the needs of their children? When we expand our concept of “family” to include the whole human race, we will stop thinking of it as “charity” and see it as Eduardo Galeano does — as solidarity.