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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 Moon card mean?

The Moon -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Moon card:
The more lost you are, the more you have to look forward to.

This pithy meaning for the Moon card (perhaps when it’s reversed) is a quote from the end of the first episode of the TV show, Ally McBeal. See that? You can discover pithy meanings for the cards pretty much anywhere if you’re open to finding 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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The Tower card suggests a way to live a happier life

Marseille Tarot - Maison Dieu (Tower)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 Tower card.

The Tower card talks about the insidious prison of our comfort zone. That’s why it, with its image of an explosive expulsion of its occupants, seems so scary to a lot of people: we are happy prisoners within our comfort zone and the world outside that zone seems frightening. Consequently, several meanings for this card from my Pithy Tarot book deal with leaving your comfort zone. Here is one example:

Your ego wants you to stay in your comfort zone, but your soul wants you to explore the rest of the world.

In my book The Soul’s Journey I talk a bit more about the imprisoning tower of our comfort zone:

We shelter ourselves in sterilized circumstances—for example, a secure but unfulfilling job or a safe but loveless relationship—that we hope will protect us, but which instead trap us.  We don’t see it that way, of course, because we have settled into the comfort of the familiar.  Our self-made cages may not be gilded, but they are, at least, sufficiently padded.

So the Tower’s advice for today is this:

Take a small step outside of your comfort zone and do something different. Perhaps you can take the subway to work instead of driving, or you might try a recipe that you thought was too daunting.

Although it is difficult and scary to make a giant leap out of your comfort zone, you should be able to easily make small forays out of it. Doing this will show you that it’s kind of nice out there in that bright new environment. Perhaps you should do it more often!

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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.

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The Devil card suggests a way to live a happier life

Demons (Devil) -- Tarot of the MajorsThere 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 Devil card.

It was a bit harder than usual to find a happy thing to do inspired by the Devil card. I first considered that one traditional meaning for this card is mirth, which suggests doing something that will make you laugh. Also, many people consider this to be the “party animal” card, which might suggest planning an indulgent night on the town. Although either of those are valid suggestions that you might take from this, I wanted to find something a bit deeper than that, so I kept searching through my inventory of meanings for the Devil card until I recalled this meaning from my book, Pithy Tarot:

Steer clear of people who indulge in negativity—they are psychic vampires.

Here, then, is a suggestion of how you can use this card to create a happier life:

Call to mind someone whose negative thinking sometimes sucks the fun out of your life.  Then consider how you can steer clear of him or her—or at least how you might avoid interacting with that person beyond a superficial level—and commit to that course. It might help to do a mental practice run of an imaginary interaction with that person. For example, visualize them starting in again, and then see yourself smiling pleasantly and saying something like, “Oh. I see,” as you then move away from them. (One trick to not letting a psychic vampire get to you is to deflect conversation with them.) If you can develop this practice, you’ll be less likely to fall victim to this psychic vampire, and that will certainly make your life happier.

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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.

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The Temperance card suggests a way to live a happier life

Temperance -- 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 Temperance card:

Try to spend this day without complaints. Whenever you catch yourself complaining about something, call to mind the Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the strength to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can’t, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

If you can do this today, you will find that your life is a bit brighter for it. To further explain this suggestion, here is an excerpt from my book, The Soul’s Journey:

Recently I made a commitment to stop complaining about problems in my life.  This doesn’t mean not discussing problems when that’s useful.  If I need to get advice or bounce ideas off someone, then talking about a problem is helpful.  However, just complaining about troubles (and about troublesome people) is unproductive.  If there is something we can do about a problem, then we should do it.  If not, then what’s the use of complaining?  Why not adapt instead?

The interesting thing is that whenever I keep that commitment, an amazing thing happens.  I become a happier person, and I find more joy in my life.  I also notice how pervasive the habit of complaining is in our culture.  When I buy into that habit, it seems so normal that I don’t really notice it in other people.  But when I don’t, it seems strange and puzzling when someone grumbles about a situation or person in their life.

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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.

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What does the Temperance card mean?

RWS2.0 TemperanceHere is a pithy meaning for the Temperance card:
The pressures of adversity transform the coal of our physical existence into spiritual diamonds.

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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 Death card suggests a way to live a happier life

Death -- 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 Death card.

The Death card exemplifies the concept of impermanence, which is something that we tend to fear and hate. But we should not let the impermanence of something blind us to its beauty and rob us of our appreciation of it. Indeed, the impermanence of a thing should heighten our appreciation for it. So let’s start with an examination of this concept of impermanence.

Here is one perspective on it from a famous piece of literature:

“The Gods envy us.  They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last.  Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed.” — Homer, The Iliad

As I note in my book, The Soul’s Journey:

This quote from the Iliad may not seem very comforting, but its advice is truly powerful.  It urges us to appreciate the beauty of everything in our lives because everything is transient, ourselves included.  A tender moment with a loved one, a delicate flower in the garden, a crimson sunset—they all change and become something else, which we call “ending.”  They all are beautifully and exquisitely transient. 

For another perspective, let me tell you about a lovely little movie from 1971 called Harold and Maude. (Spoiler alert!) This film has a very poignant scene near the end when Maude has just turned 80, which she thinks is the proper age to die. In light of that, she has taken an overdose of sleeping pills. Harold is terribly distraught when he finds out, and he rushes her to the hospital. As Maude lies dying on a gurney, he vainly pleads with her not to die, and the following short interchange ensues[1]:

Harold: “But Maude, I love you!”
Maude: “That’s wonderful! Now go and love some more.”

The point here is that Harold has learned to truly live and love through to his relationship with Maude, so rather than be sad about its ending, he should remember that lesson and keep living it.

Finally, a few years ago, I noted the following pithy meaning for the Death card:

Don’t let your last mortal thought be: “Why did I take so many days for granted?”

Now let me put this all together and suggest something you can do today to make your life happier:

Very consciously experience and appreciate something you know is fleeting, such as a flower or a sunset. Immerse yourself in the beauty of it knowing that this bit of beauty is impermanent. Of course, you know there will be another flower or another sunset, but this one is uniquely beautiful and there is only this moment in time to appreciate it. So spend a little time with it in focused attention and appreciation.

Once you’ve done this, let this small exercise be a lesson for everything in your life. Don’t take things for granted. Appreciate things in all their impermanence, and then go and appreciate some more.

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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.

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[1] This is taken from memory, so it might not be accurate verbatim.

The Hanged Man suggests a way to live a happier life

Hanged Man -- 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 Hanged Man.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” — Carl Rogers

One meaning for the Hanged Man is the power of surrender, and the quote above is an example of that.  Another example can be seen in the following Eckhart Tolle quote, which supports and, perhaps, explains Carl Rogers’ message:

“When you yield internally, when you surrender, a new dimension of consciousness opens up.”

Based on this aspect of the Hanged Man card, here is today’s suggestion for creating a happier life:

Think of some aspect of yourself or of your life that you are unhappy about or that you have resisted lately. Then say to yourself something like this:
“I accept that this is who I am right now.”
You might also want to say to yourself:
“I surrender control of this situation to my Higher Self.” (Instead of “my Higher Self” you can use whatever works best for you—the Divine, God, the Universe, etc.)

A lot of people will resist this approach, based on a misunderstanding of it, so let me make something clear: This does not mean you have accepted that this is what you should be like or what you always will be. It just means that you are acknowledging that this is who you are right here and now. It may help to remember that, as Carl Rogers says, once you do this, you will be able to change, but it is also important to release your need to control what that change will be.

PS: For this to be effective, you should do it with full sincerity (hard as that may be) and spend a few minutes with these thoughts.

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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.

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The Justice card suggests a way to live a happier life

Justice -- 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 Justice card.

The Justice card is about taking responsibility for our actions. Contrary to popular believe, however, this is not so much about placing blame as it is about realizing personal empowerment. In other words, instead of blaming our past actions for the state of our present life, we should realize that we are always creating our future by everything we think, say, and do.

So here is a suggestion for today, courtesy of the Justice card:

Think of a change you want to see in your life. It can be a new job, a new relationship, an improvement to your home, or a change in your habits—any improvement you want to happen. Next, think of one thing you can do today, no matter how great or small, that can lead to that change. Finally, do that one thing.

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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.

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The Wheel of Fortune suggests a way to live a happier life

Wheel of Fortune -- 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 Wheel of Fortune.

In my book, The Soul’s Journey, I relate a following well-known Taoist parable as an illustration of the Wheel of Fortune’s aspect of constantly changing fortunes.

The “Maybe” parable

There once was an old farmer who had tended his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the sad news, his neighbors said to him in sympathy, “Such bad luck.”

“Maybe,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed.

“Maybe,” replied the old man.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses and was thrown, which broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their condolences on his misfortune.

“Maybe,” answered the farmer.

The next day, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

“Maybe,” said the farmer.

This tells us that no matter how good or bad a situation is, it will change. One corollary to this is to say that we should always view change with equanimity. Another is the advice to see that something good can always come from any problem or setback. So here is the advice for today:

Today, commit to seeing the good that can come from every minor problem or setback.

If that practice proves too elusive, however, you can try this instead:

At the end of the day think of one negative thing that happened that day, and then see if you can think of something good that arose from it. Or see if you can think of something good that may come of it in the future.

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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.

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