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Tarot and Quotes — Part 3

June 28, 2010

Whenever I come across a good quote, I try to relate it to a Tarot card.

Demons (Devil) from Tarot of the MajorsIn the last few days I have posted a couple of articles about associating inspirational quotes with Tarot cards.  The fiWorld Card -- Tarot of the Mastersrst one covered the Fool through the Chariot., and the second, Strength through Temperance.  Today I’m posting PART 3 – The Devil through The World.

* Devil:
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.” — John Milton.
“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on, I’ll be mad.” — Rumi

* The Tower:
“He that is proud eats up himself; pride is his own glass, his own trumpet, his own chronicle.” — William Shakespeare
“We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out.” — Anton Chekhov
“Towers are measured by their shadows.” — Chinese Proverb
“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” — The Bible, Proverbs 16:18
“Anger must be the energy that has not yet found its right channel.” — Florida Scott-Maxwell

* The Star:
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” — Oscar Wilde
“If you follow your star, you cannot fail of glorious heaven.” — Dante
“Even a small star shines in the darkness” — Finnish Proverb
“When it is dark enough you can see the stars.” — Charles A. Beard
“A vision without a task is but a dream; a task without a vision is drudgery.” — from a church in Sussex, England (Ref: Chop Wood, Carry Water, p. 114)
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.” — Japanese proverb

* The Moon:
“One does not become enlightened by naively ‘imagining’ images of light, but by making the mind’s darkness conscious.”— Carl Jung
“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” — Saul Bellow
“Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” — Mark Twain
“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / Are all of imagination compact.” — Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“Don’t dwell on reality; it will only keep you from greatness.” — Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr.

* The Sun:
“He who bends to himself a Joy
Doth the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the Joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity’s sunrise.” — William Blake
“Exuberance is Beauty.” — William Blake
“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” — Sun Tzu
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” — Maori saying

* Judgment:
“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.  You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others without being crippled by your own judgment.” — Ralph Marston
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” — Marianne Williamson
“Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” — Unknown
“At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Wake up and smell the coffee!” — traditional

* The World:
“The entire universe is but one vast symbol of God.” — Thomas Carlysle
“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” — Anne Frank
“Every man wishes to rule the world.  Unfortunately, the world rules every man.” — Jeremy Preston Johnson
“Achieve enlightenment, then return to this world of ordinary humanity” — Basho
“Master technique, then forget it.” — Basho
“The entire world is your curriculum” — Chop Wood, Carry Water, by Rick Fields
“The purpose of life is to increase the warm heart. Think of other people. Serve other people sincerely.” – The Dalai Lama of Tibet

Again, I hope these quotes give you all some food for thought about the meanings of the cards that I have associated with them.  More quotes to come in future blog posts.

  1. As always, James, you continue to inspire while you teach!

    My favorite here was for the Judgment card:

    “Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. You’re able to benefit from the unique viewpoints of others without being crippled by your own judgment.” — Ralph Marston

    It reminds me of that old adage about having 2 ears and one mouth and why that is so, lol. II think that is why college often creates open minds, because we are forced to listen to someone else’s viewpoint. And it does open doors.

    Great job, as always.

    • Thanks DL!
      Interesting thought about college and open minds, altho’ it seems some people manage to be immune to this effect. 😀

  2. The quote by Rumi that you have under the Devil could work equally well for the Fool, I think.

    The Moon quote by Twain is fantastic! I may have to do that in calligraphy and frame it. Love it!

    • Oh yes, many of the quotes would work for a different card too, depending on how you view them.
      I, too, have always loved that Twain quote, and I find it to be a great one to remember when the Moon card comes up.

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