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The Six of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

There are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Six of Wands.

“We are all just walking
each other home.”
— Ram Dass

Six of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersMany modern versions of the this card depict a triumphal procession in which a man is riding a horse while surrounded by those who have supported his efforts or perhaps by those who are celebrating his success, depending on your perspective.  This scene is typically thought of in terms of a victory in the outside world, but it also can be about an inner, spiritual journey.  (To see my take on the above Ram Dass quote, read my Spiritual Tarot blog post about this card from a few years ago.)

With this in mind, I wrote the following about the Six of Wands in my book, The Soul’s Journey:

When we recognize the divine spark within others, we are actually remembering that it is within ourselves as well, which helps manifest the “Supernal Light” within all of us.  Every time we do that—even if only for just a moment—we are taking a (collective) step toward reunification with the Divine. To enlighten both our own lives and the world we live in, we can repeatedly remind ourselves that we and everyone else are spiritual beings and that the Divine dwells in us all.

The following happiness suggestion is based on that final statement: “we can repeatedly remind ourselves that we and everyone else are spiritual beings and that the Divine dwells in us all.”

Today, when you are out in the world—at work, at a restaurant with friends, shopping at the grocery store—take a moment whenever you look at someone to imagine a halo of light around them.  Use this imagery as a symbol to remind yourself that everyone is a spiritual being and that the Divine dwells in all of us.

Note that you can adjust the imagery to be whatever works best for you.  Would you rather imagine a golden light radiating from the person’s heart? Okay. How about a shining star in the center of their forehead?  Whatever you want to use is fine.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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What does the Ten of Wands mean?

Ten of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Ten of Wands:

Take care: you never know which straw will be the one to break the camel’s back; they each seem so small.

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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 Five of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Five of Wands, RWS2.0There are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Five of Wands.

Consider this excerpted explanation of this card from my book, Tarot Reading Explained:

This is a card of chaotic energy, which can entail anything from petty bickering to a barroom brawl.  The figures in this card may be fighting or struggling against one another, they may be engaged in a competitive sport, or they may be working together to build something. … This card urges us to consider that if there is negative strife going on in our lives, wouldn’t it be better to try to convert that energy into a positive effort that works for the common good?

This discussion of the Five of Wands leads us to a couple of suggestions for things you can do today to create a bit more happiness in your life:

Think of a project in your life where this is some strife going on.  Then consider how you can work together with someone (or a group of people) instead of working at cross purposes.

Alternatively, you can start a fun project working with someone else to build something. This can be something easy (for example, putting together a jigsaw puzzle), or it can be a larger project such as building a piece of furniture.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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The Four of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Tarot of the Masters -- Four of WandsThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Four of Wands.

One of my favorite meanings for this card is “Celebration,” and many of my pithy meanings are rooted in this interpretation. Here are several of them:

In my book, The Soul’s Journey, I talk about why we love to celebrate our achievements and milestones. Here is an excerpt:

While a celebration can honor an achievement or an important passage in life, there is another very important reason of which we may be unaware.  We celebrate as a way of honoring who we are—either as an individual or as a group.  A celebration can be about expressing a sense of joy in our being, making an affirmation of life, or showing appreciation for the people in our life.  All of that is tremendously important, so it is always appropriate to celebrate who you are, no matter how small the festivity.  You don’t have to wait for a major milestone because every moment in your life is a milestone worth celebrating.

So this card urges us to celebrate everything.  Celebrate the new day.  Celebrate your love for someone else.  Celebrate life.  That’s the secret to joyful living, and it’s also one of the secrets to living a spiritual life.

This explanation leads us into this card’s happiness suggestion for today:

Celebrate something today—anything, big or small. The celebration need not be a big party (although it can be, of course) since that might be an unreasonable expectation on such short notice. It can be as small as putting on some music and doing a little dance to celebrate Life. Here is another example:

A few years ago, when taking the advice of this card, I decided to do a little something to celebrate my marriage. (It wasn’t our anniversary or anything like that; it was just an ordinary day.)  So I went to a nearby store that has a lot of fun things. (It was Pier 1, in case you’re curious). I looked around until I found dinner plates with a lovely pattern on them that called to me. I bought a couple of them, brought them home, and put a bow on them.  It made for a simple little celebration, but simple though it was, it’s one that keeps on giving. To this day, whenever we use those plates for dinner, there’s a bit of celebration in them still.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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The Three of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Three of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Three of Wands. Let’s start with the following quote from the section of my book, The Soul’s Journey, that deals with this card:

The fact that the Three of Wands directly follows the struggle for dominion in the Two of Wands leads to some advice about resolving our interpersonal conflicts.  … We need to take a long-term approach to problematic relationships… One way to heal a conflicted relationship with someone is to do something for them that is compassionate and generous.  It is important, however, to do this without any expectation of reciprocation or even appreciation.  … Such acts are not intended to curry favor with the other person.  Instead, the point is to change the basic energy of your relationship in order to transform it from a source of conflict into a wellspring of blessings.

Based on this, my happiness suggestion for today is this:

Think of someone with whom you have a somewhat conflicted relationship that you would like to heal. Think of something you can do for them, something that is compassionate and generous. Then do it, and do it without any expectations about how this will affect your relationship or about how that person will respond. Just do it because it’s the right thing to do and doing so makes you a better person. 

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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What does the Six of Swords mean?

Six of Swords -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Six of Swords:
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” — Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning is a classic book—an inspirational guidepost for anyone on a spiritual path—that was written by a Jewish man who had just lost everything in the Holocaust. I highly recommend it. If you want to get a quick glimpse into Frankl’s work and philosophy, I also recommend a short article titled Viktor Frankl and the Search for Meaning.
PS: A few years ago I posted a similar pithy meaning for the Six of Swords that also comes from this book.

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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 Two of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Two of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Two of Wands.

A few years ago, I posted this pithy meaning for the Two of Wands:
“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that counts.” — Traditional saying

This old saying suggests the importance of good sportsmanship when playing a competitive game, and I think it also obliquely suggests the value of cooperative games, i.e., games that don’t involve one person or team winning and the other losing. That second interpretation works well with something I said about this card in my book, The Soul’s Journey: “… cooperation is preferable to conflict for it brings synergy instead of damage…”

These thoughts about the Two of Wands suggest a couple of things you can do today to create a bit of happiness in your life:

ONE: Play a game and just enjoy the process of it. Make a conscious decision not to worry about “whether you win or lose.”

TWO: Choose a game that involves cooperation instead of competition, a game that has no winners or losers, just participants.

Addendum:

If you want help finding a cooperative game, check out an article titled (appropriately) “Cooperative Games” as well as some Tarot Games I’ve discussed.  Also, here are a couple of on-line resources that are designed for kids, but there’s a kid in all of us, right?

6 Awesome Cooperative Classroom Games
Communication, Coordination and Cooperation Games

Finally, there are some cooperative board games for adults that you can buy if you are so inclined.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like my books, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot. 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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The Ace of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Ace of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Ace of Wands.

In a recent blog post titled Better Living with the Tarot Aces, I noted that the Ace of Wands says “We should passionately experience life, for why else are we here?” That post also listed a few ways to bring more fun into our lives in order to increase our passion for life. Here is one of those suggestions:

Think of something you are passionate about but don’t get around to doing often enough. Start doing it today, or at least make plans to start doing it soon.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like my books, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot. 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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The World card suggests a way to live a happier life

World Card -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the World card.

Today, I thought I’d start with a pithy meaning for the World card that I posted here a few years ago:

It is when we forget our self in service of others that we truly find our Self.

Similarly, consider this quote:

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” — Mark Twain

Why is it that helping others creates such a sense of fulfillment? And why do we become happier when we concentrate on cheering up someone else? There are many reasons, and here are but a few:

  • Helping someone else takes us out of our own problems.
  • We are all One with one another. As John Donne famously said: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”
  • We have a deep-seated desire to help other people. (There is scientific evidence that altruism is inherent in us since it enhances the survival of the species.)

Whatever reason you choose to believe, the fact remains that helping someone else will make you happier. Consequently, today’s happiness advice from the World card is this:

Do something for someone else. It can be a random act of kindness to a stranger. It can be a bit of generosity toward someone you know. Just find a way to cheer somebody else up, and you will cheer yourself up too.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like my books, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot. 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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