The Tarotcast – January 18, 2017

Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?

I can dress this statement up as much as I like. I can restate it in many ways so that I fulfil an acceptable number of words. But whatever I do, and whatever you’re doing, it comes down to this:

Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?

Nine of Cups, The Hierophant, Seven of Cups from The Röhrig Tarot deck, created by Carl-W. Röhrig © US Games, Inc. Click on the image for a larger version.

Two Cups cards, one Major Arcana card; the Major is the mediator between the two Cups. And who better to be the mediator than The Hierophant: embodier of wisdom, the calling to apply yourself to something that serves not only your body and your mind, but your soul too?

The Hierophant heralds the commitment to the kinds of laws that everyday life isn’t particularly interested in. They are the laws that stretch beyond those of rulers, courts, and countries (the realm of The Emperor). They are outside the worldly value system; they are outside the value systems that are imposed on you.

They are deeply held inner values, which may or may not be shared by others, and which may or may not be formally articulated. They are what you hold yourself to – or what you are held to by an advocate in one form or another. In all of these things, The Hierophant is active.

And this is what he is saying here, now:

“Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?”

It is that simple, and you’ll know how it applies to you when the time comes – or you may know it now.

Do you want “Happiness”? Or do you want the card on the right?

I don’t feel that the Nine of Cups or the Seven of Cups needs any further interpretation than that. In this reading, in the presence of the one card that is worth explaining because it will help you identify the area where they’re active, they are simply symbolic of two opposing ideas.

Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?

And if you’re in any doubt, look at The Hierophant looking at you, and then look at his left hand, index finger held up against the Seven, middle finger gently resting against his thumb and pointing towards the Nine.

Finally, I look at his hand and wonder: if he were to snap his fingers – to snap you gently to your senses, perhaps – what would be the first thought foremost on your mind? What is he drawing your attention to with this one efficient gesture?

Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?


Astrology Correspondences: Nine of Cups (Jupiter in Pisces), The Hierophant (Taurus), Seven of Cups (Venus in Scorpio)

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The Tarotcast – January 18, 2017


  1. Geoff on 18 January 2017 at 11:43 pm

    With the mystic wisdom that only the truly enlightened can offer, Sarah, you have captured the unanswerable question of life. Do you want to be happy, or do you want to be right? To be happy means enjoying the moment, however frivolous; to be right means being wise beyond your understanding, yet knowing that your understanding is true for all time and in all incarnations. Can we not be both happy and right?
    To me the Hierophant seems to say that we can be both, but not at the same moment. To be happy precludes unhappiness so that we cannot address those feelings arising from the contemplation of our mortality. To be right shows that great happiness can result from a complete understanding of life’s circumstances, yet knowing of all of life’s vicissitudes cannot result in happiness.
    I congratulate you on your assessment of your current situation in relation to Tarot and readings. It shows much maturity and is indicative of one whose skills as an interpreter of divine messages revealed through these images is of great benefit to all who seek the wisdom of your experience.
    Many thanks, and all blessings to you.

  2. Leanne on 19 January 2017 at 4:55 am

    Can we not have both? At the same time? Happiness and understanding. Especially if understanding is part of the purpose and mystery in bringing happiness into the realization/appreciation. Self love for yourself and maybe more so than you know also shining that gift of happiness and understanding (Sarah that includes you!) being reflected spreading onto others to understand? Now that’s the most worthwhile, (direct) advertising of value in the end. Others may feel different of course.

    Sorry about the job not panning out Sarah. Their loss. And, you undoubtably are called to and meant for better/more. That’s my thoughts anyway.

  3. Estefanía on 19 January 2017 at 8:35 am

    I want to be right

  4. Integrated Tarot on 19 January 2017 at 10:28 am

    This reading, more than any I’ve done, has generated a lot of push-back. And it’s interesting to note that I, too, am feeling a strong push-back against that push-back 🙂 So, do I want to be happy? Or do I want to be right? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself since I read the first comment on my Facebook post last night.

    I’m going to say one thing without reservation:

    The way this reading presented itself to me was uncompromising. The meaning was specific, and if you read the way I interpreted the cards, then The Hierophant is making it clear that the way is “Happy”. Our own responses to that are the things that are worth investigating, I believe.

    The Hierophant himself is a divisive figure. Not so much in this deck, perhaps, but in other decks, he elicits such a strong response from many people – a lot of that in response to religious dogma and indoctrination. But I also feel there is a strong response in the face of an unwavering authority figure – and that brings up our own issues with authority.

    This reading is asking us to redefine authority, and to bring it inside. This is not someone outside telling us what to do, but an inner authority that is asking us to step up and follow our deepest values.

    So, the phrase “Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be right?” is a very specific question to a very specific matter, where either integrity or personal values (not what we are told to value, but what we *know* we value) are on the line.

    I am drawing a line here because this reading reflects a profound sense of integrity of my own – to trust that voice and where it guides me. What I realised last night is that I must follow this no matter what, and no matter how much I am told this reading is wrong (i.e. that the right path is to be “right”).

    And I am very happy to be wrong in this because being right is not the point; the point is standing by being happy with my decision 🙂

    A very personal note to illustrate my own take on the reading.

  5. Rossa on 19 January 2017 at 12:39 pm

    For me, happiness is an inner emotional response to how I feel within at any one moment in time. It is personal and a matter for the heart. Being right is more of the mind, a thought process and a matter of opinion or belief. There is very little that is absolutely right. What is right for one may not be right for another. Also if you consider something to be absolutely right, you leave no room for further change which I consider to be self limiting. So, for me it would be happy every time. That is right for me!

  6. Leanne on 22 January 2017 at 7:02 am

    As the week moves along for me, and with this reading.
    I am reading …Not only do I have the authority, but also I have the right to be happy.

    I will be!