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What does the Eight of Cups mean?

RWS 2.0 Eight of CupsHere is a pithy meaning for the Eight of Cups:
This is a toxic social environment. You need to leave it.

Another, closely related pithy meaning is this:
This is a toxic relationship. You need to leave it.

Note that social or relationship toxic elements include things like emotional manipulation, ridicule, and bullying. It’s not only physical abuse.

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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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What does the Six of Cups mean?

RWS 2.0 Six of CupsHere is a pithy meaning (or two) for the Six of Cups:
When we were young, time was on our side.

A corollary for this pithy meaning is the sad reality that some of us look back, wistful and melancholy, and we find ourselves envious of younger people, people who we see as taking their youth for granted … just as we did. In fact, this is so common that it spawned the truism: “Youth is wasted on the young” (which we may see as another pithy meaning for this card).

This is a rather downbeat meaning for the Six of Cups, which is typically viewed in a more positive light. Consequently, this can be seen as its meaning when it is in a reversed orientation or a problematic position in a reading.

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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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What does the Death card mean?

RWS 2.0 DeathHere is a pithy meaning for the Death card:
This is another nail in the coffin.

Note: “Another nail in the coffin” refers to an event that is yet another step toward the failure of something that is already faltering badly.

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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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What does the Two of Swords mean?

RWS 2.0 Two of SwordsHere is a pithy meaning for the Two of Swords:
You can look for fault (which takes you backwards) or you can look for understanding (which moves you forward). It’s your choice.

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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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What does the Devil card mean?

RWS 2.0 DevilHere is a pithy meaning for the Devil card:
You can’t break the chains if you don’t know they are there.

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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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What does the Six of Pentacles mean?

RWS 2.0 Six of PentaclesSix of Pentacles:
“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Fred Rogers

Here is the complete quote:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

This quote is a lovely suggestion for how to deal with sad or even tragic circumstances. When we’re brought low by such situations, it can lift our spirits to take this advice. Indeed, it can also be uplifting to actually be one of those people who are helping.

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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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What does the Fool card mean?

RWS 2.0 FoolHere is a pithy meaning for the Fool card:
There is a saying: “Sometimes you have to play the role of a fool to fool the fool who thinks they’re fooling you.”

This quote is about playing along with someone’s game so you can find out what they’re really up to. By pretending that you’ve been fooled, you will have an advantage over them: You know what they are up to, but they don’t know that you know. Then, when they least expect it, they will be the ones to get fooled.

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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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What do the Emperor and Empress cards mean?

RWS 2.0 Empress and Emperor

Here is a pithy meaning for both the Emperor and the Empress:
“I have never met a person who hated his father or mother who did not also hate himself.”

This quote is from Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve by Lewis B. Smedes

Note that this pithy meaning can apply to either the Emperor or the Empress.

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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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Focus on the Reading; cell phones OFF

Cell phone -- NOTSomeone recently commented on one of my blog posts that is about doing readings for friends and family. Briefly, she related a story about doing a reading for a friend who was not giving his full attention to the process. In fact, in the midst of the reading, he answered his cell phone to talk to his very upset girlfriend. Since this reader brought up this topic, I thought it would be a good idea to address it in a new post, so here goes:

First there is the specific issue of cell phones. I started doing readings long before people became slaves to their electronics, so this was not an issue for me originally. Now, however, it can be.  I regret having to do this, but since it has become an issue, I suggest that you ask anyone getting a reading from you to turn off their cell phone during the session. You might say something like this:

“Please turn off your cell phone. I want to give you the best reading possible, but if your phone rings it will break my concentration and it will distract both of us, which detracts from the reading process.”

If they insist on answering their phone (which I’ve never had happen, but I guess it could), I would insist on rescheduling the reading. Alternatively (at your discretion) you might let them take the call outside the room and return when they have completed it and can turn off their phone. The time they spend doing that would, of course, still be on the meter. I can’t imagine that they would want to pay you to sit around and wait while they use their phone, but who knows? Again, this would be at your discretion.

Secondly, let’s look at the general issue of a seeker being distracted during a reading, for whatever reason.

I do readings professionally, and I find that paying clients are much less likely to be distracted during a reading than a friend might be, but on rare occasion they are. If they are distracted, you can gently remind them that their attention and participation in the reading is important. Let them know that if they are focused on something other than the question at hand, the Universe (or however you want to express that) may pick up on that and give a response that addresses the extraneous issue that is engaging their attention. In other words, an unfocused attention risks an unfocused reading.

Finally, I would like to point out that if someone has requested a reading from you (whether a friend or a paying client), it is discourteous for them to split their attention. You should know that you (and the reading) deserve their undivided attention, and you are quite within your rights to take remedial measures if you aren’t getting it.

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