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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.

What does the Two of Swords mean?

RWS 2.0 Two of SwordsHere is a pithy meaning for the Two of Swords:
You’re trying to force the round peg of new information into the square hole of your opinions.
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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 Ace of Pentacles suggests a way to live a happier life

RWS 2.0 Ace of PentaclesThere are many ways to use Tarot cards beyond the well-known process of traditional readings. Here’s a way to create a happier, more fulfilled life today using messages and advice from the Ace of Pentacles.

“It is when you become grateful for what you have that you become an abundant person.” — Marianne Williamson

The Tarot Aces embody the essence, epitome, and ideal of their suit, and (among other things) the suit of Pentacles is about gratitude. There are many ways to cultivate a sense of appreciation and gratitude.  It can be as simple as saying a silent “Thank you” whenever something nice happens. Or, as a man named John Kralik discovered, it can be deeper and much more complex than that.

Kralik wrote a book called 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life. At a time when his life when things were going badly for him, Kralik had an epiphany:  Instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he would find a way to be grateful for what he did have. His way of doing that was to write one “Thank You” note every day.

Using Kralik’s method as inspiration, here is a suggestion for a way to bring more happiness and abundance into your life:

Surprise someone today with a note of thanks.  It will make their day as well as start you on the road to your own abundant life.  You may also want to start a Gratitude Journal, which serves a similar purpose. Every morning (or every night before going to bed) write down three things for which you are grateful. 

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There is another aspect of the Ace of Pentacles that inspires a suggestion for something you can do today. This card is also about finding the magic in the mundane, which I explain in a blog post about this card. Here is a suggestion based on that:

Take a moment now and then to look for the magic and the beauty in simple, mundane things around you. For example, as you wash dishes, notice the pattern on the plates, the cool feeling of the water on your hands, and the music in the sound of utensils clinking together. Or, while you’re warming up a meal, perhaps you can take a moment to savor the aroma of the food and to appreciate its beauty. Also, listen for the symphony of birdsongs when you are walking outside.

There are so many activities in our day that can seem repetitive or tedious. Today, watch them bloom into something beautiful under the gaze of your full attention.  For inspiration watch this short film called “Seeing.”

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

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 Meetup.com 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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What does the Emperor card mean?

RWS 2.0 EmperorHere is a pithy meaning for the Emperor card:
Try not to be so stubborn and set in your ways.

This pithy meaning may be seen as a negative or reversed aspect of this card.

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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 Nine of Wands mean?

RWS 2.0 Nine of WandsHere is a pithy meaning for the Nine of Wands:
The reason you are unhappy is because your spirit is wounded and needs to be healed.

A less-pithy version of this message is this:

Your unhappiness is not your fault. It is not because you don’t deserve to be happy. It is not because you aren’t trying hard enough. It is not because you are not good enough, or strong enough, or attractive enough. It is because your spirit is wounded and you need to find a way to be healed.

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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 Moon card mean?

RSW 2.0 MoonHere is a pithy meaning for the Moon card:
“Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.” — Arnold H. Glasow

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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 Ace of Swords mean?

RWS 2.0 Ace of SwordsHere is a pithy meaning for the Ace of Swords:
“The greatest gift you can give another person is the purity of your attention.” Richard Moss.

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:
Instead of larger-than-life monsters, your enemies may be just flawed or wounded people.

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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 Queen of Swords suggests a way to live a happier life

RWS 2.0 Queen 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, more fulfilled life today using messages and advice from the Queen of Swords.

Nietzsche said, “That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger,” but that statement seems more hopeful than inevitable. Hardship may present an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser, and indeed, motivational speakers like to say that every problem is an opportunity for growth, but we often don’t see things that way. It’s not easy to gain that perspective.

In my discussion about the Queen of Swords in my book, The Soul’s Journey, I note that we can gain wisdom from our experiences if we choose to, even when there is loss and sorrow involved. However, if we don’t approach unfortunate circumstances with the proper attitude, the grief and sadness that arise from them will make us bitter rather than better. So how can we handle adverse circumstances better?

In her book Happy for No Reason, Marci Shimoff lists three habits of exceptionally happy people, one of which is “Look for the Lesson and the Gift.” Shimoff says that the happiest people view their troubles differently than most of us. Instead of blaming, complaining, and bemoaning their fate, they ask themselves, What can I learn from this experience? What is the gift in it for me?

Becoming a happier person depends on cultivating this habit of viewing problems as learning experiences and seeing the silver lining in the darkest of clouds. We can take the first step toward gaining that habit by deciding to view and deal with just one particular bad experience differently. With that in mind, I came up with the following exercise designed to bring more happiness into your life:

Think of a painful experience, either a recent one or one from the past that still bothers you today. Consider how you view it. Do you resent someone for what happened? Do you blame any of your current problems on it? Or maybe it’s just a thorn in your side, something that comes to mind in a bothersome way now and then. Whatever the problem is, you can change how you deal with it and how you react to it.

Start by making a list of positive perspectives of this situation that will help you deal with it in a productive way. For example, is there something you can learn from it? Is there a hidden blessing in it—a silver lining in the gray cloud of this experience? This may not be easy to do since we are used to responding in anger and complaint. But keep trying and you will find at least one positive perspective, and then maybe more will come to you as well. Your new perspective will change your feelings about this experience so that it will become less of a cause of unhappiness. Perhaps it will even lead you to a bit of happiness.

Performing this exercise will begin to change you so that you will become better able to face any problems in a way that will make you stronger, wiser, and happier. And someday soon you will get to the point where you do actually see problems as opportunities.

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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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