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The Nine of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Nine of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersThere 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 Nine of Wands.

To me, this card often indicates barriers of some sort. Perhaps the most insidious sort of barriers are the emotional ones that we build to protect ourselves but that end up isolating us and thus becoming more a prison than the fortress we hoped they would be. In light of that, here are a few pithy meanings for this card:

  • Are you reasonably protecting yourself or are you erecting barriers that are keeping out life?
  • Sometimes we erect barricades around our lives to keep the pain out when really those barricades are holding in the pain that’s already deep inside us.
  • “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” — Rumi

Based on these thoughts about the Nine of Wands here is a suggestion for what you can do today to bring a bit more happiness into your life:

Think about what psychological barricades you have created to protect yourself. Perhaps one comes to mind that is specifically designed to keep someone in particular at bay. Maybe there is something you do (or don’t do) in order to protect yourself which is based on an old wound. Or do you avoid commitments in order to avoid being hurt? Whatever comes to mind, think about it. Is it keeping you from enjoying life or moving forward with your life? Of course it’s reasonable to protect yourself sometimes, but is this barricade imprisoning you more than it’s protecting you? It’s up to you to decide, but at least consider it, and think about how you might at least cut open a doorway in it if you can’t tear it down right away.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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The Eight of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Eight of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersThere 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 Eight of Wands.

In the 1989 film Dead Poets Society the lead character tells his students, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” This was the inspiration for the following pithy meaning for this card:

We are not meant to trudge through life; we are meant to live life with spontaneity, in joy and wonder, and with a sense of joie de vivre.

So here is a suggestion for something you can do today to bring a bit more happiness into your life:

Think of something you can do today to make your life wonderfully and beautifully your own—even if in only some small way.  Think about that, and then take the first step on that path.
Seize the day, and make your life extraordinary.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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What does the Moon card mean?

Moon cave you fear to enter Campbell quote 70pct

Moon iconHere is a pithy meaning for the Moon card:
“The Cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” — Joseph Campbell
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I heard this quote in a short video that explains the Hero’s Journey, and it reminded me of the fear and darkness typically associated with the Moon card.

PS: I recommend that video. It’s only a few minutes long.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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

wands-07-10pctThere 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 using a bit of advice from the Seven of Wands. Let’s start with this pithy meaning for this card:

Try not to be so defensive; there’s always value to be found in criticism.

This sentiment is also reflected in the following passage about this card from my book, The Soul’s Journey:

A vital piece of advice [when receiving criticism] is to assume innocence.  It’s all too easy to mistake constructive criticism for an attack when we are dead set on defending our ego (as we usually are).  But even if a comment does bear a reasonable appearance of an attack, there is usually at least a kernel of truth in it, and we can benefit from finding whatever advice there may be in it.

These thoughts about meanings for the Seven of Wands suggest the following advice for what you can do today to bring a bit more happiness into your life:

Recall a bit of criticism you endured recently … and the more it offended you, the better for our purposes here. Now consider that it might not have been meant hurtfully—not totally, at least.  Take a moment to bring that realization into your heart. Perhaps say to yourself, “I know that this criticism was meant to help me.” That’s the soothing part of this advice.

Next, think about what truth there may be in that criticism and how you might use it to make yourself a better person or improve your health, material well-being, or relationships.  Of course, there may be part of it that’s not true, but certainly there’s some kernel of truth to it, and discovering and using that truth can make your life better … and happier.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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What does the Page of Swords mean?

Swords 11 Page 10 pctHere is a pithy meaning for the Page of Swords:

The following quote, which I found here, reminded me of the Page’s aspect of ignorance, although this represents a darker aspect of it than we usually see in the Page of Swords:

Most people are not just comfortable in their ignorance, but hostile to anyone who points it out.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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The Six of Wands 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 Six of Wands.

“We are all just walking
each other home.”
— Ram Dass

Six of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersMany modern versions of the this card depict a triumphal procession in which a man is riding a horse while surrounded by those who have supported his efforts or perhaps by those who are celebrating his success, depending on your perspective.  This scene is typically thought of in terms of a victory in the outside world, but it also can be about an inner, spiritual journey.  (To see my take on the above Ram Dass quote, read my Spiritual Tarot blog post about this card from a few years ago.)

With this in mind, I wrote the following about the Six of Wands in my book, The Soul’s Journey:

When we recognize the divine spark within others, we are actually remembering that it is within ourselves as well, which helps manifest the “Supernal Light” within all of us.  Every time we do that—even if only for just a moment—we are taking a (collective) step toward reunification with the Divine. To enlighten both our own lives and the world we live in, we can repeatedly remind ourselves that we and everyone else are spiritual beings and that the Divine dwells in us all.

The following happiness suggestion is based on that final statement: “we can repeatedly remind ourselves that we and everyone else are spiritual beings and that the Divine dwells in us all.”

Today, when you are out in the world—at work, at a restaurant with friends, shopping at the grocery store—take a moment whenever you look at someone to imagine a halo of light around them.  Use this imagery as a symbol to remind yourself that everyone is a spiritual being and that the Divine dwells in all of us.

Note that you can adjust the imagery to be whatever works best for you.  Would you rather imagine a golden light radiating from the person’s heart? Okay. How about a shining star in the center of their forehead?  Whatever you want to use is fine.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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What does the Ten of Wands mean?

Ten of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Ten of Wands:

Take care: you never know which straw will be the one to break the camel’s back; they each seem so small.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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The Five of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Five of Wands, RWS2.0There 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 Five of Wands.

Consider this excerpted explanation of this card from my book, Tarot Reading Explained:

This is a card of chaotic energy, which can entail anything from petty bickering to a barroom brawl.  The figures in this card may be fighting or struggling against one another, they may be engaged in a competitive sport, or they may be working together to build something. … This card urges us to consider that if there is negative strife going on in our lives, wouldn’t it be better to try to convert that energy into a positive effort that works for the common good?

This discussion of the Five of Wands leads us to a couple of suggestions for things you can do today to create a bit more happiness in your life:

Think of a project in your life where this is some strife going on.  Then consider how you can work together with someone (or a group of people) instead of working at cross purposes.

Alternatively, you can start a fun project working with someone else to build something. This can be something easy (for example, putting together a jigsaw puzzle), or it can be a larger project such as building a piece of furniture.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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The Four of Wands suggests a way to live a happier life

Tarot of the Masters -- Four of WandsThere 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 Four of Wands.

One of my favorite meanings for this card is “Celebration,” and many of my pithy meanings are rooted in this interpretation. Here are several of them:

In my book, The Soul’s Journey, I talk about why we love to celebrate our achievements and milestones. Here is an excerpt:

While a celebration can honor an achievement or an important passage in life, there is another very important reason of which we may be unaware.  We celebrate as a way of honoring who we are—either as an individual or as a group.  A celebration can be about expressing a sense of joy in our being, making an affirmation of life, or showing appreciation for the people in our life.  All of that is tremendously important, so it is always appropriate to celebrate who you are, no matter how small the festivity.  You don’t have to wait for a major milestone because every moment in your life is a milestone worth celebrating.

So this card urges us to celebrate everything.  Celebrate the new day.  Celebrate your love for someone else.  Celebrate life.  That’s the secret to joyful living, and it’s also one of the secrets to living a spiritual life.

This explanation leads us into this card’s happiness suggestion for today:

Celebrate something today—anything, big or small. The celebration need not be a big party (although it can be, of course) since that might be an unreasonable expectation on such short notice. It can be as small as putting on some music and doing a little dance to celebrate Life. Here is another example:

A few years ago, when taking the advice of this card, I decided to do a little something to celebrate my marriage. (It wasn’t our anniversary or anything like that; it was just an ordinary day.)  So I went to a nearby store that has a lot of fun things. (It was Pier 1, in case you’re curious). I looked around until I found dinner plates with a lovely pattern on them that called to me. I bought a couple of them, brought them home, and put a bow on them.  It made for a simple little celebration, but simple though it was, it’s one that keeps on giving. To this day, whenever we use those plates for dinner, there’s a bit of celebration in them still.

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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 others by material in my book, The Soul’s Journey. So if you like them, you might also like 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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