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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 Cups mean?

Seven of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Cups:
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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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 Seven of Swords mean?

Seven of SwordsHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Swords:
“The arrow you dropped will be collected by someone else.” — African (Ovambo) Proverb

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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 Cups mean?

Three of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Three of Cups:
“There are not strangers here. Only friends you haven’t yet met.”— William Butler Yeats

Similarly, I would like to refer you to an article I recently came across entitled, Conversation with Denise Zabalaga: We Are All the Other. It urges us to have faith that meeting a stranger is, “first of all, an opportunity rather than a danger.” But how can we get there? How do we find that sort of faith? Certainly compassion is part of it, but so is curiosity.  When we cultivate an interest in humanity, we encounter new people from a position of wondering what their life is like. Then we will see that meeting them is an exciting opportunity to learn about 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 Ace of Wands mean?

Ace of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Ace of Wands:
You are unique. Embrace it!

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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 Two of Swords mean?

Two of Swords RWS2.0 Tarot eCardsHere is a pithy meaning for the Two of Swords:
If you don’t make a decision, you’ve still made a decision.

As explanation, consider a couple of examples:
If you don’t make a decision regarding a proposed change, you’ve made a de facto decision in favor of the status quo.
If you don’t vote, you’ve decided to let other people make the choice for you.

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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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The Empress and the Benefits of Nature

The Empress -- Tarot of the Masters“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

Today I found an article titled “How Nature Makes Us Healthier and Happier” that talks about the wondrous benefits of Nature, so (of course) I found it to be a valuable perspective on the Empress card in its aspect of Mother Nature.  Briefly, here is a quote from it:

Over 100 studies have shown that being in nature—or even watching it in videos—benefits our brains, bodies, feelings, thought processes, and social interactions.

Nature 2So sometimes the Empress gives us the advice to spend some time in nature. For example, go for a walk on the beach, take a hike in a park, or watch a nature video, such as the BBC’s Planet Earth series. It will improve your health and well-being.

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

Nine of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersThere 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 Nine of Swords.

This card is sometimes called “the worry card,” so of course I thought of it when I read an article which says that 85% of the things we worry about never happen.  That article goes on to describe a way to rewire your brain to quiet the worry circuit.  As a brief excerpt, it suggests the following exercise which you can practice today:

Imagine that there is a button in the center of the palm of one of your hands that is hardwired to your brain to tell it to stop worrying and to become calm instead.[1]  Call this your “clear button.” Whenever you find your mind wandering off into a worrisome scenario about something, remember your clear button in the palm of one of your hands. Press it with your other hand, and imagine an electric signal racing to your brain telling it “Don’t worry. Be happy.”

If that approach doesn’t appeal to you, here is another technique for escaping from the worry trap that you can practice today:

When you find yourself worrying about something, take a few deep breaths as you focus on the mundane details of where you are in the present moment. Then shift your attention to visualizing what you want instead. The intention here is to transform your thoughts about a situation from fears about what might be into hopes about what could be.

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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] I suggest you use your non-dominant hand for this.

What does the Six of Pentacles mean?

Six of Coins -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Six of Pentacles:
“There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.” — Zora Neale Hurston

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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 Ten of Swords mean?

Ten of Swords RWS2.0 Tarot eCardsHere is a pithy meaning for the Ten of Swords:
Don’t “catastrophize” the problem.

Another way to put this pithy meaning for the Ten of Swords is this:

Stressful thinking can take us on a long walk off a short pier.

If you want to know how you can train your brain not to “catastrophize” problems, I recommend an article titled “Training Our Trains of Thought

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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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