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The Seven of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

November 11, 2017

Seven of SwordsThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of traditional readings. Here’s a way to create a happier life today using a bit of advice from the Seven of Swords.

“There are some secrets that we think we’re keeping, but those secrets are actually keeping us.” — Frank Warren

The sneaky attitude of the figure on the Seven of Swords typically implies some sort of mischievous meaning, but I can also see it representing the secrets that we carry around within us.  We think we benefit from keeping our secrets, but as the above quote reveals, our secrets often control us, and so the way to freedom includes finding a safe way to release them.

Of course, we don’t have to go public with every secret we know.  We should be responsible about this, especially with secrets that involve other people.  However, this discussion suggests the old adage, “Confession is good for the soul.”  Like lancing a boil, confession may be essential for the healing process to begin, especially if a secret is a haunting one.  As Alcoholics Anonymous says, the foundation of a lasting sobriety comes from “the open and honest sharing of our terrible burden of guilt.”[1]  In addition, secrets separate us from each other, while revealing them helps us realize our similarity and unity with other people.

Here is a simple exercise using this card’s message that might bring more happiness into your life.  First think of a secret that you’ve been keeping that is wearing away at your soul.  Then see if there is a safe way to let it go so that it loses its hold on you.  This can be a somewhat anonymous method like confessing it to a therapist or a priest or putting it on a postcard to send it to Postsecrets.com, or it can be a more public exercise ranging from telling a friend to posting it on a social media. Just be sure that this revelation will not hurt an innocent person and that it will liberate you rather than harm you.

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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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[1] Alcoholics Anonymous’s Step 5 is: “Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”
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