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

November 17, 2017

Eight 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 Eight of Swords.

The common image on this card of a woman bound, blindfolded, and fenced in by eight swords, is often interpreted as meaning imprisonment, especially by thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. One type of belief that keeps us from happiness involves the list of negative things we believe about ourselves. The trick is to realize and overcome those mental bonds.

Here is a happiness exercise that uses this message about the Eight of Swords. The first step is to identify some beliefs about yourself—who you are or what you can do or be—that are holding you back. The next step is to discard them and replace them with positive ones.

Begin by thinking up a few such beliefs (at least one!).  Then, for each one, do the following:

  1. Write it down on a piece of paper, then cross it out.
  2. On a different piece of paper, write down an empowering alternative to it.
  3. Repeat that new, affirming statement three times.
  4. Throw away (or burn) the paper with the list of crossed out disempowering beliefs.
  5. Tuck the paper with the empowering statements in your pocket and carry it around with you today. Use it throughout the day to remind yourself of who you really are.

Here is an example. Let’s say your dysfunctional belief is that you have trouble remembering other people’s names:

Write down the old belief, then cross it out:

Paper pad 1 OLD1 JJ 33pPaper pad 1 OLD2 JJ 33p

Write down the new belief:

Paper pad 1 NEW JJ 33p

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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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