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The Tarot can empower you to create the future you want and transform your life by providing you with insights about yourself and the world around you.

The Hermit card suggests a way to live a happier life

Hermit -- 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 Hermit card.

The aloneness that is a traditional interpretation of the Hermit card can indicate either valuable solitude or the sad gloom of loneliness. When we consider it in its sense of loneliness, it is valuable to realize, as I noted in one of my pithy meanings for this card, that our loneliness is just an illusion. But if it is an illusion, how can we see through it? To help you do that, here is a suggestion for today, courtesy of the Hermit card:

If you’re feeling lonely today (or even if you’re not), reach out to someone you know. Make a phone call; send a letter, an email, or a message on Facebook. You’re never really alone.

Of course, there’s another side of being alone.  In another pithy meaning for the Hermit, I noted that if we don’t learn to be alone, then we’re guaranteed to be lonely sometimes. So another suggestion from this card is this:

Improve your inner relationship with yourself by spending time alone in introspection—find out who you are, be non-judgmental about what you discover, and become better friends with yourself. 

For more about learning how to be alone effectively, I refer you to an article called The Capacity for Successful Solitude.

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.

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The Strength card suggests a way to live a happier life

Strength -- 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 Strength card.

Today’s message was inspired by the following pithy meaning for the Strength card:

There is both a Lady and a Lion in everyone.  Always see the Lady, even when you have to deal with the Lion.

So here is the advice that the Strength card offers today:

At the start of the day, make a commitment to see the Lady instead of the Lion at least once today.  Then, in the course of your daily activities, when you encounter an angry person, know that this is the Lion you’ve been waiting for.  And know that there is a gentle Lady in there somewhere.  (It might help if you can visualize her hovering behing this person.) Then interact with the Lady instead of with the Lion that is growling at you.

It is possible that, when you do this, the person’s Lady will step forward, and you’ll have the good fortune of her taking over from the Lion. But even if there is no such overtly happy change, know that you’ve encouraged that person’s Lady to be more assertive in the future. Also, you will have manifested your own Lady instead of letting your Lion roar in response, and that makes you a better person.

PS: You can read more about this advice to see the Lady (even when you have to deal with the Lion) in a blog post from a few years ago called “Strength — Spiritual Message of the Day.”

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.

Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.

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The Chariot card suggests a way to live a happier life

The Chariot -- 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 Chariot card.

Many of us have a project or enterprise (or career change even) that we would really like to start, but we never get around to it. Perhaps we want to pick up a hobby like painting, or maybe we want to write a book or take up mountain climbing. It can even be something as mundane as finally getting around to cleaning out an overstuffed garage.

Whatever it is, we would love to do it, but we never get around to it because it seems too daunting. We don’t think we have the time, energy, or resources to manage it, so we keep avoiding it. But no matter how often we set it aside, it doesn’t go away. It continually lurks in the back of our minds. We must realize that if it’s that persistent, it has to be something near and dear to our hearts.

Today you’re going to take the first step on a journey toward fulfilling that dream. I’m sure you all know Lao Tzu’s famous advice: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Well, it serves as inspiration for the Chariot’s advice for today:

Think of something—perhaps a project or endeavor—that you’ve really wanted to do but that seemed too daunting to begin. Then think of one little step you can take along that path. Just one simple step. That isn’t too much, is it? Then take that step. Do that one little thing today. And know that when you do, momentum on this journey will begin. 

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.

Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.

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The Lovers card suggests a way to live a happier life

Tarot of the Masters -- Lovers cardThere 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 the advice of the Lovers card.

We often assume that our feeling of love for someone important in our life is enough. It’s not. Our love for someone is not defined by how we feel about them; it’s defined by how we treat them. As I said in a blog post from a few years ago, “Love is a verb.  Love, the feeling, is the fruit of that verb.”

Today, think of someone important in your life, someone you profess to love. Then ask yourself, when was the last time you told that person that you love them? More importantly, when was the last time you did something that demonstrated your love for them? Now do something that says to that person, “I love you.” (No, don’t just say it. That’s not enough.)

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.

Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.

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The Hierophant suggests a way to live a happier life

High Priest / Hierophant -- Tarot of the MastersThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here are a couple of suggestions from the Hierophant about how to create a happier life for you to choose from. Both are inspired by brilliant quotes.

Socrates is purported to have said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Similarly, I have created this pithy meaning for the Hierophant: “The unexamined faith is not worth believing.” This suggests something you can do today:

Write a short paragraph about what you believe. Then write a short paragraph about how or why this might not be true. Spend some time today thinking about this. Examine your faith.

The other salient quote is this: “My religion is kindness.” — 14th Dalai Lama

Make an effort today, wherever possible, to be kind to other people. Think of it not as merely being considerate, but as your spiritual practice for the day.

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.

Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.

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The Emperor suggests a way to live a happier life

Emperor -- 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 the Emperor card.

Years ago, I attended several workshops given by the late Don Michael Kraig. He used to open them with this quote: “Question authority; think for yourself.” (Note that this includes authorities you agree with as well as those with whom you disagree.) Similarly, I once wrote a blog post that (in brief) urged us all to make our own rules so that we might escape from the Empire of Should.

Sometimes we feel guilty because we aren’t doing what society says we should be doing or because we aren’t being what society says we should be. At other times, though, we feel sad or unfulfilled because we are doing or being what society says we should instead of what our hearts are telling us.

All this leads to the following suggestions for something you can do today:

Think about some of the “shoulds” in your life—things like the type of person that society says you should be or the things that society says you should have in your life. Then examine those “shoulds” to see if they really make sense. For any that you find aren’t valid, think about how you might change them and thus make your life more authentic.

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.

Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.

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The Empress suggests a way to live a happier life

The Empress -- 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 the Empress card.

Do something creative today.

This doesn’t have to be big, of course. Pick some flowers from the garden and make a bouquet. Draw a happy picture and post it on the refrigerator door. Add a creative flourish to the preparation of your lunch. Anything creative you can do, as often as you can today, will make your day just that much more special and fulfilling.

PS: It might help to keep in mind the following quote:

“In our creating, we are created.” — Marion Woodman

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.
Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.

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The High Priestess suggests a way to live a happier life

High Priestess -- 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 use the High Priestess card today to create a happier life.

Sit quietly for a few minutes listening to the world for an answer to a question that has been perplexing you.  Pay attention to the signs and symbols that are around you. Think about what they might mean. 

This suggestion was inspired by the fact that the Universe is constantly talking to us. We just need to quiet our minds and listen to its wisdom. If you want to find out more about how to do this, check out my post about what the High Priestess says about listening to the soft whisper of the Universe.

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.

Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.

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The Magician suggests a way to live a happier life

My Majors only deck -- MagicianThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of doing a traditional reading. Here’s a way to use the Magician card today to create a happier life.

Today, look for magic everywhere!

To help you with this, keep in mind these quotes that can help you see magic all around you … and within you:

“There are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  — Albert Einstein

“Magic is believing in yourself.  If you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot.

Also, for more Tarot messages, LIKE my Tarot Facebook page.

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