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The King of Cups suggests a way to live a happier life

August 7, 2017

TOM Cups 14 King c JWR 75pctThere 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 King of Cups.

This is not concerned with rules and authority like the King of Swords, he is not interested in power and leadership like the King of Wands, and material success does not mean much to him, as it does to the King of Coins.  Instead, important concerns for the King of Cups include things like love and compassion.

In Buddhism, it is said that Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy, hears the cries of suffering in the world and as a result, strives ceaselessly to free all sentient beings from their misery.  In seeming contrast to all that “striving,” however, Kannon is typically depicted in a meditative or contemplative pose, representing someone who is at peace with the world.

There are a couple of inferences we may draw from this.  One message is that the qualities of compassion and inner peace are inherently and inextricably intertwined.  Compassion for others comes from having peace within, and peace within comes from being a compassionate person.  We may also infer that being at peace is the way to lead others to serenity, whereas distress leads to more agitation and suffering.  Consequently, it is through the practice and example of our own serenity that we contribute to the end of suffering in the world.

Here is a suggestion for today based on all this:

Put yourself into a meditative state of mind today. If it helps, focus on the image here of the King of Cups from my own Tarot of the Masters deck (note: this image was inspired by a picture of Kannon) as you repeat a mantra such as “Peace and Compassion.” (Of course, you can use a mantra of your own choosing.)

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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 by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. If you like them, you’ll love 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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