12/27/12: Quiet Power | Strength

And a very lovely version of Strength this is—but then again, I’m partial to felines and here we’ve got several. All the standard associations apply: Leos, steady, ongoing attention, and being able to maintain for the long haul.

In almost every version of Strength I’ve ever seen, there’s also an implicit suggestion that strength is not necessarily visible from the outside. These cards are usually adorned with women overcoming lions, seemingly without effort. A gentle, quiet demeanor can be deceptive, if you’re only looking on the outside. Strength has nothing to do with outward appearances can be signs of insecurity as opposed to real power. Flash isn’t required.

Of course, my Scorpio Mars is partial to this interpretation. People routinely underestimate me. That’s a significant tactical advantage. If everybody knows the firepower you have at your disposal, the enemy comes in well prepared. If they think little of your prowess, they may overlook you completely or if they do gear up for a fight, they’ll be in for quite a surprise, huh?

Know you have what it takes to prevail, whether or not anyone else can see it. “Anyone else” doesn’t NEED to see it. Only you do.

Is your power quiet?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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12/13/12: Long Haul Win | Strength

My eye immediately is drawn to the snake in this rendition of Strength, who the lovely maiden keeps in line with her foot, all while gently keeping the lion at bay at the same time. While she’s dealing with the Lion head-on, she’s also not being taken by any back-door treachery. She’s constantly aware.

The infinity symbol above her head shows her infinite patience and her virginal white dress shows us her purity of intent. She’s also here for the long haul.

The cloud formations showing a griffin—a combination beast of lion and eagle—who is known for his strength and intelligence, was also said to be drawn to battle the fiercest beasts. No shirking. He was known as a divine guardian.

Aside: Anybody know who the statue is? I don’t have the Little White Book anymore to reference.

To me, this card points to righteous battling. You don’t have to be bigger or stronger or more intimidating than those who would oppose you. Being strong enough and courageous enough to stand up as required, holding fast and calling upon an inner strength, being aware of everyone and everything, you can win against foes who appear much more fierce. This isn’t a showy kind of winning. It’s a steadfast, reliable kind of winning.

Whenever I see the Strength card, I know the person I’m reading for has what it takes to persevere for the long haul. It’s very encouraging. But always, always, always it’s also a choice. Here, you want a light but very steady hand, with a conscious, ongoing attention to what’s happening in the background. That’s how you make it through the challenges.

Listening, Tarot. I’m listening!

Are you in for the long haul?

Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish)
by Lo Scarabeo

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Tarot in Real Life: Strength Card has more to Say

So, I’m working. I’m talking to a woman about her relationship, and Strength pops up.

“It’s a strong relationship, long lasting,” confidently rolls out of my mouth. That’s what Strength means, right?

I feel the disconnect, and see it in her face. Uh oh. Evidently, it’s not what Strength means today.

She talked a bit more and I realized, Strength wasn’t showing up as cheerleader, “You can do it!” or testament, “It’s such a strong relationship.” That’s what I was expecting the card to say. Instead, I needed to listen for what it does say, in the context of the other cards and the energy I’m tuning into.

Here, Strength was speaking to the constant effort required to maintain equilibrium. It never ceased! It can be a real chore, a hardship, never letting go of the energy required to maintain.

I knew I was on to something when Strength showed up for somebody else the same way, later in the day. She suffered a great deal, but fought to stay above the water. It was a heavy Strength. I respected her resolve, and tried to give her what I could get to make the load lighter.

And again, for a man that carried an especially weighty burden, Strength showed up. The 3 Times Rule officially triggered, and Strength has a new voice for me. Time to make a note in my Tarot Scrapbook.

Every card has a light and dark vibration, even if one tends to overpower the other. Every gift has a bane and every bane has a gift. It’s the polarity inherent, the yin and yang of the cosmos. I like to focus on the power of Strength, the tenacity. But it’s true, it can also be damned hard work. It’s not easy sometimes. Knowing that, Strength shouldn’t be taken for granted. Either the Tarot kind or the real-life kind.

What do you notice about Strength?

08/24/12: On the Mend from Heartbreak | 3 Swords, rev Strength


Sometimes, when I draw a card for the Everyday Tarot, I’ll pull a second, to get something on managing the energy of the first. That’s what I did here.

3_of_SwordsThe Three of Swords is a painful card—much like the Five of Cups, there’s a sense of loss. But with the Three of Swords, pain is result of a separation, often quite sudden and never optional. It’s sometimes called “the broken heart” card, traditionally, it’s depicted as a heart with 3 swords impaling it. Here, it makes a very interesting pair with reversed Strength. A bit of an unlikely combination.

If you’re hurting, if you’re feeling the stab of loss, you don’t always need to be strong and unwavering. It’s okay to feel the pain there is to feel. Acknowledging uncertainty, sadness, and the ever-unpopular “How did I wind up here?” may have something to tell you. At the very least, it’s part of the healing so long as you don’t linger unproductively.

One thing I always find encouraging with the Three of Swords? The pain has  hit it’s apex. There’s no mistaking where you stand with this card, nor are there illusions about getting back what’s been lost. It sucks. But the realization itself was the worst of it, and from here, gradually, you’ll find your strength and vigor returning. There’s your bright spot: being on the mend.

Are you on the mend from a loss?

Cosmic Tarot Deck
by Norbert Losche

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06/06/12: Authority of Truth | Strength, Emperor

“No authority is higher than reality.” Peter Nivio Zarlenga


Steady, perhaps gentle, but always, always constant, unyielding—this is how to seek the truth. You don’t waver, don’t blink, be ready and open to see whatever is there.

Truth withstands scrutiny. Truth doesn’t need protection, although it may require seeking. Sometimes, that truth gets buried under a whole lot of crap, you know?

Be wary of suggestions you abandon the search. Don’t let the authority of others set YOUR reality, nor be deterred by the perceived strength of conventional or public opinion. It’s YOUR truth, you know? It belongs to you and you alone.  That’s worth defending. Those secure in their own truth seldom need you to acquiesce to their reality.

I’d rather stand all alone with MY truth that be surrounded by a city of experts, telling me their truth. If I take it on the word of someone else, it never belongs to me.

What’s your take on authority and truth?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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