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A collection of Pithy Tarot meanings – Strength, Tower, Six and Five of Pentacles, Ace and Five of Swords, Seven of Cups

August 30, 2015

Here are pithy meanings for several cards derived from one of the best known Buddhist scriptures, the Dhammapada, which is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form.  I have noted which Tarot cards I see in association with each saying.

With gentleness,
Overcome anger.
Strength (gentleness) card and Tower card (anger) — The former indicates the solution, the latter, the problem.
Note that this quote was used as a pithy meaning for for the Strength card a couple of months ago.

With generosity,
Overcome meanness.

Six of Pentacles (generosity) and Five of Pentacles or of Swords (meanness) — The former: the solution, the latter: the problem.
Note that there are various ways to interpret the word “meanness.” We might see it as living in a state of squalor, which the Five of Pentacles obviously illustrates. However, it may also elicit an impression of a withholding of yourself from others. That can suggest an internal state of the Five of Pentacles. Of course, then there’s the interpretation of nastiness to others. Then it suggests a different Five card, the Five of Swords.

With truth,
Overcome delusion.

Ace of Swords (Truth) and Seven of Cups (delusion) — The former: the solution, the latter: the problem.


Various cards RWS2.0.

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!




  1. Will permalink

    I liked these a lot….Hadn’t ever thought of ‘the tower’ as anger, but……it really does sum it up on some level….Thanx….Keep up the great work!

  2. Will permalink

    Enjoyed your ‘replies’ and the MA quote

    “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”

    makes so much sense doesn’t it??

    I originally ALWAYS felt that the Tower was all about ‘not taking care of business, that needs to be dealt with……and so……the explosive consequences, but really can appreciate/see the anger take on it too…

    Really enjoy your ‘insights’

    Thanks again!

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