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The Judgment card suggests a way to live a happier life

Judgment -- 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 Judgment card.

There are many great quotes about the power of forgiveness, which I feel is the highest aspect of the Judgment card.  This is my favorite one:
“Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.”
And here is another great one:
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” — Lewis B. Smedes

Also, in the Judgment card section of my book, The Soul’s Journey, I talk a lot about the importance of forgiveness. Here is a short excerpt:

There are many reasons why we should avoid judging other people.  For one thing, we probably don’t know what burdens they carry or what wounds they bear.  (Consider the saying, “Hurt people hurt people.”)  For another, judging others reinforces our illusion of separation, and buying into this illusion keeps us from Atonement.  Furthermore, contrary to the popular notion, judging impedes our healing because it keeps us attached to the wound about which we hold a grudge.

So today’s happiness advice from the Judgment card is this:

Today, forgive someone against whom you’ve been holding a grudge. Just think of the person and the grudge, and then say to yourself, “I forgive you for doing this. I release this grudge so it will no longer prey upon my mind.” Spend a few minutes with that thought. At the very least, it’s a good start.

Finally, if you want some more thoughts about how to forgive, the following is a quote from a post about the Judgment card from last year:

Forgiveness comes when we realize that love and forgiveness are the same thing.
Forgiveness comes when we realize that we all have wounds that cause us to make mistakes.
Forgiveness comes when we release the label “evil” and replace it with “mistaken.
Forgiveness comes when we realize that “Many of the faults you see in others are your own nature reflected in them” (to quote Rumi).
Forgiveness comes when we realize that we are all One in Spirit.

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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.

For a list of all my “Tarot and Happiness” posts see my article titled Find Happiness with Tarot Cards.

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The Sun card suggests a way to live a happier life

The Sun -- 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 Sun card.

The following are a couple of my pithy meanings for the Sun card:

How you start the day influences how it unfolds. Greet it with enthusiasm and optimism!

“Smile every morning when you awaken.  There are 24 brand-new hours before you.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

I also used the Thich Nhat Hanh quote in my book The Soul’s Journey in support of one of the spiritual messages for this card. The following is an excerpt from that discussion:

An important message of this card is to try to see each new day as a new opportunity to learn more fully how to live with joy and optimism, compassion and forgiveness, gratitude and generosity.  Remember always that every new day is a renewal of the gift of life.

I have combined these thoughts about the Sun card to create a bit of happiness advice:

Let the first thing you do tomorrow morning be to greet the new day with a smile. Say to yourself:

“Today is a brand new day, and I greet it with joy and optimism.”

Smiley-Face GIFAlso, draw a smiley face on a piece of paper and carry it with you throughout the day as a constant reminder to smile.  The power of a smile is this: even if you aren’t happy, when you smile, a part of your brain says, “Oh, hey! I’m smiling. I must be happy.” And indeed, you then will be 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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot. 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 Moon card suggests a way to live a happier life

Pithy RWS Tarot MoonThere 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 Moon card.

The following is a quote that I use as one of my pithy meanings for the Moon card:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” — Albert Einstein

This seems to be a rather strange thing for Einstein—a man whose very name is synonymous with genius—to have said, right? However, as I noted in my blog post that explained this pithy meaning, knowledge is limited to what we now know and understand, but imagination is unlimited. Imagination can lead us to new discoveries and thus, to new knowledge. In addition, it’s fun.

Today’s happiness advice is to exercise your imagination.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Read an imaginative story or watch an imaginative movie. Science Fiction or Fantasy work for me, but there might be an imaginative genre that works better for you. Perhaps mythology or fairy tales?
  • Write an imaginative story, if that’s something you are able to do. In fact, even if this is something you’ve never done before but you have considered trying it, then today’s the day for it!
  • If there are clouds in the sky where you are, look up at them and imagine what they look like: An elephant? A butterfly? Things like that.
  • Imagine a better future for yourself. Think about where you would like your life to be in the near future. Then close your eyes and imagine yourself in a scene where you have arrived at that desired future.
  • Pull another Tarot card and make up a story about what is going on in it. In other words, if it were an illustration for a story, what would the story be?
  • Do a visualization with a Tarot card. If you would like to see an example of this, I have created one for the Fool and another for the High Priestess

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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.

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 Seven of Swords mean?

Seven of SwordsHere is a pithy meaning for the Seven of Swords:

I recently saw an image on PostSecret.com that reminded me of the Seven of Swords and suggested a pithy meaning for that card. The message? —

“You are only as sick as your secrets”

For a similar message, I would like to refer you to an article titled “Shame: You Are Only As Sick As Your Secrets.” It is interesting that this article starts with that quote about secrets (Seven of Swords) and then leads us into topics that relate to the next two Swords cards: Silence (Eight of Swords) and Shame (Nine of Swords). Succinctly, then, your secrets require your silence and result in your shame.

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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 Star card suggests a way to live a happier life

The Star -- 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 Star card.

First, consider this excerpt from the section about the Star card in my book The Soul’s Journey:

This card gains meaning from the traditional associations that we have for the stars in the heavens and the silent serenity that may come to us in the dark of the night.  Thus … the Star card represents the exquisitely beautiful power of silence.  We all understand that silence is an integral part of the practice of meditation, but it also may be used in a less rigorous manner in quiet contemplation of something, such as a flower, a scenic view, or a work of art.  The stillness in our hearts that results from such contemplation is invaluable for it is then that we feel the touch of the Divine.  

This says that we can use an exercise of profound silence today to create a happier life. Here are several suggestions how to do this:

ONE:

We can find a profound and healing serenity in contemplation of a star-filled sky, so go outside tonight and sit quietly for a while gazing up into the starry sky.  Of course, this won’t work for those of us who live in a city where city lights drown out most of the stars, so I’ve included other suggestions.

TWO:

Silence can be a precious gift we share with another person, so you might want to find someone with whom you can spend a bit of quiet time.  You might want to have some physical contact, or you may not.  For example, if it seems right, lightly touch the other person’s hand.  However you decide to do this, do it silently, both externally and internally.  Try to quiet your mind as well as your voice, and don’t judge what is happening.  Let go of your thoughts, and just observe what you feel. 

THREE:

If you can’t find someone with whom you can sit quietly for awhile, try it with a pet instead.  They love it and they’re really good at it.

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If you don’t have a pet to do this with either, here is a final suggestion. Sit in quiet contemplation of something, such as a bouquet, a sunset, or a work of art.  Just immerse yourself in the beauty of whatever it is you choose to silently contemplate.

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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.

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?

The Moon -- Tarot of the MastersHere is a pithy meaning for the Moon card:
The more lost you are, the more you have to look forward to.

This pithy meaning for the Moon card (perhaps when it’s reversed) is a quote from the end of the first episode of the TV show, Ally McBeal. See that? You can discover pithy meanings for the cards pretty much anywhere if you’re open to finding them.

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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 Tower card suggests a way to live a happier life

Marseille Tarot - Maison Dieu (Tower)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 Tower card.

The Tower card talks about the insidious prison of our comfort zone. That’s why it, with its image of an explosive expulsion of its occupants, seems so scary to a lot of people: we are happy prisoners within our comfort zone and the world outside that zone seems frightening. Consequently, several meanings for this card from my Pithy Tarot book deal with leaving your comfort zone. Here is one example:

Your ego wants you to stay in your comfort zone, but your soul wants you to explore the rest of the world.

In my book The Soul’s Journey I talk a bit more about the imprisoning tower of our comfort zone:

We shelter ourselves in sterilized circumstances—for example, a secure but unfulfilling job or a safe but loveless relationship—that we hope will protect us, but which instead trap us.  We don’t see it that way, of course, because we have settled into the comfort of the familiar.  Our self-made cages may not be gilded, but they are, at least, sufficiently padded.

So the Tower’s advice for today is this:

Take a small step outside of your comfort zone and do something different. Perhaps you can take the subway to work instead of driving, or you might try a recipe that you thought was too daunting.

Although it is difficult and scary to make a giant leap out of your comfort zone, you should be able to easily make small forays out of it. Doing this will show you that it’s kind of nice out there in that bright new environment. Perhaps you should do it more often!

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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.

For a list of all my “Tarot and Happiness” posts see my article titled Find Happiness with Tarot Cards.

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The Devil card suggests a way to live a happier life

Demons (Devil) -- Tarot of the MajorsThere 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 Devil card.

It was a bit harder than usual to find a happy thing to do inspired by the Devil card. I first considered that one traditional meaning for this card is mirth, which suggests doing something that will make you laugh. Also, many people consider this to be the “party animal” card, which might suggest planning an indulgent night on the town. Although either of those are valid suggestions that you might take from this, I wanted to find something a bit deeper than that, so I kept searching through my inventory of meanings for the Devil card until I recalled this meaning from my book, Pithy Tarot:

Steer clear of people who indulge in negativity—they are psychic vampires.

Here, then, is a suggestion of how you can use this card to create a happier life:

Call to mind someone whose negative thinking sometimes sucks the fun out of your life.  Then consider how you can steer clear of him or her—or at least how you might avoid interacting with that person beyond a superficial level—and commit to that course. It might help to do a mental practice run of an imaginary interaction with that person. For example, visualize them starting in again, and then see yourself smiling pleasantly and saying something like, “Oh. I see,” as you then move away from them. (One trick to not letting a psychic vampire get to you is to deflect conversation with them.) If you can develop this practice, you’ll be less likely to fall victim to this psychic vampire, and that will certainly make your life 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, The Soul’s Journey and Pithy Tarot. 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 Temperance card suggests a way to live a happier life

Temperance -- 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 Temperance card:

Try to spend this day without complaints. Whenever you catch yourself complaining about something, call to mind the Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the strength to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can’t, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr

If you can do this today, you will find that your life is a bit brighter for it. To further explain this suggestion, here is an excerpt from my book, The Soul’s Journey:

Recently I made a commitment to stop complaining about problems in my life.  This doesn’t mean not discussing problems when that’s useful.  If I need to get advice or bounce ideas off someone, then talking about a problem is helpful.  However, just complaining about troubles (and about troublesome people) is unproductive.  If there is something we can do about a problem, then we should do it.  If not, then what’s the use of complaining?  Why not adapt instead?

The interesting thing is that whenever I keep that commitment, an amazing thing happens.  I become a happier person, and I find more joy in my life.  I also notice how pervasive the habit of complaining is in our culture.  When I buy into that habit, it seems so normal that I don’t really notice it in other people.  But when I don’t, it seems strange and puzzling when someone grumbles about a situation or person in their life.

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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.

For a list of all my “Tarot and Happiness” posts see my article titled Find Happiness with Tarot Cards.

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