The Wheel of Fortune 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 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.
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.
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