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

April 24, 2019

RWS 2.0 King of SwordsThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of traditional readings. Here is a way to create a happier, more fulfilled life today using messages and advice from the King of Swords.

This King symbolizes expertise, and he promises that everyone is an expert in something. Consequently, he urges us to find and trust our own inner sense of authority—the King of Swords that lives within each of us—and exercise it. Note that it’s that last part that is really important. If you are not acting upon something in which you have expertise, what does that say? Do you lack confidence in yourself? Are you not aware of your inner King of Swords? If so, might that not be a source of discontent in your life?

This does not mean that you have to do something drastic like change your career (for example) in order to be happy. You can use your particular expertise in other, simpler ways. You might take up a hobby, start a blog, or join a club. For instance, you might find a relevant interest group using or Facebook. Using these examples, here is a suggestion from the King of Swords for a way to find more happiness and fulfillment in your life:

First think of a fun subject or activity you know a great deal about, but you’ve not done much with that knowledge. (Remember: Everyone is an expert in something.) Then brainstorm a few suggestions for what you can do with that expertise. For example, if you are a great cook, maybe you would enjoy writing a blog about cooking. Or you can use YouTube or Pinterest to communicate your expertise.

Whatever you choose to do, trust your inner King of Swords, and do something today with your expertise, even if it’s only to take the first step. At the very least, create a “To Do” list in support of starting this new activity and then commit to doing at least one item on that list within the next few days. (Give yourself a specific deadline for that.)

What follows are a couple of examples from my own life. The first one is a strict case of using my inner King of Swords, and the second is a looser example. This illustrates the latitude you have in doing this exercise.

One: Accessing my Tarot expertise, I started writing this Tarot blog in 2010, and I now have about a couple thousand posts here! This has been a very fulfilling and rewarding thing to do.

Two: About six months ago, I decided to start using an adult coloring book I’ve had sitting on the shelf for a couple of years. (I use colored pencils for this.) Although I do not have formal artistic training, I feel I have some talent here, and I am what is commonly referred to as “self-taught.” This hobby has been a lot of fun and I find the time spent on it quite gratifying. I’ll leave you with a sample page from my coloring book:

Coloring book: Swan lake

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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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