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

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

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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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05/30/12: Willing Friendly Beasts | Strength

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“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”  –Mahatma Gandhi

I’ve long had a suspicion…the more an idea terrifies me, the more important it is I  seriously consider doing it. Fear can be an initial response to threat of an energetic shift.

Strength arrives, ruled by Leo—often, this card speaks of the lion we’ve tamed, or maybe the one we need to tame. The secret of working with Strength is understanding that brute force is not what’s required. In a battle of brawn, the lion will win every time!

Contain, direct, control your life with the power of your  WILL instead. Be gentle, be loving, but above all, be consistent! Use your weight kindly and wisely here, and you can make a friend of the beast.

Steadfast, and with love, we can conquer the dark corners of life that may have seemed ferocious or insurmountable before we actually tried. Unwavering commitment to doing so is what’s required.

Are you taming any beasts?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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05/17/12: Ego rides alone | rev 6 Wands, rev Strength

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Feeling “almost but not quite?” Frustrated that your efforts seem to land you on the doorstep of where you want, but the door’s apparently locked?

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Six of Wands (Jupiter in Leo) and reversed Strength (Leo). Big (Jupiter) ego (Leo) coming into to play, perhaps?

If you’re feeling like a loser, don’t bury the sensation. Ask yourself if you’ve actually fallen short, or has your ego has merely taken a hit? Maybe  it’s ego getting in the way of finishing the job. It can take unyielding, steady effort to complete the task. Don’t consider it beneath you to do the legwork. Just do what needs to be done.

And don’t forgive to give credit where it’s due. Help’s more likely to show up for overtime when it’s overtly appreciated.

It’s not the time to flinch, nor is it time to take bows. Not quite yet! Instead, be rock-solid steady and just do what’s required to get the job done. Gentle but steady, no flinching and no worries over what it looks like to anybody else. The goal is the priority.

Do you see ego getting in the way of accomplishment sometimes?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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03/21/12: Fighting with Heart? | 5 Swords, Strength

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Today’s Tarot is the Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius) and Strength (Leo). It’s a winner-take-all that situation, winnable via taming the lion: patience and ongoing focus as opposed to brute force. Steady but sustained effort, patience and a firm hand is required.

The person who sees the bigger picture, who can emotionally detach enough to really understand the hearts of others, is victorious. If you need to defend your interests, do so of course! The point is, compassion increases power through sharper understanding. There’s a temptation to avoid seeing others’ point of view, as if it somehow muddies our own. That can only happen if our own needs to be re-worked. Truth withstands scrutiny.

To remain the King (or Queen) of the jungle, exercise your power with heart. ♥

Do you consider compassion an asset in conflict? Why or why not?

Mystic Dreamer Tarot
by Heidi Darras

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11/25/11: If you so choose…| The Chariot, Strength

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo da Vinci

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Today’s Tarot is the Chariot (Cancer) paired with Strength (Leo)…and man, what a powerful combination! Even with the soft-around-the-edges presentation of the Shadowscapes deck, these two cards are powerful alone. So together, there’s not a lot they can’t accomplish.

Don’t live by default! Know what you want to create, and set your focus on creating it. You may have to proceed indirectly at times, or you may have to muster great courage and patience to reach your ends. But if they are worth reaching at all, then they are worth committing yourself to wholly.

It’s that commitment, coupled with persistence and gentle, consistent strength that allows your success. Your word then becomes law. Nothing short will get you there. So when you’re setting your aim, make sure. And then go for it!

You have some goals you’re seeking now?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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10/28/11: Six of Wands, Strength | Recognition

Sometimes, I forget how long and how hard I’ve worked at mastery, learning and becoming competent in the fields I’ve undertaken. Being all Virgo and Saturny, I tend to feel like it’s never, ever enough. I’ve been getting pings otherwise, though. That’s heartening. Today’s Tarot is a ping for me. Maybe a ping for you, too?

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Today’s Tarot is the Six of Wands (Jupiter in Leo) and Strength (Leo). Guess it’s time to turn up the lights and start the show, huh? Leo says so, because you’re starring! Expect public recognition stemming from your ongoing efforts at exercising  personal strength.

When you scrub and scrub and scrub, yes, that shine is noticeable to one and all. You may have gotten accustomed already. You may have trained yourself to see the tiny dull spot on the floor, zero in on what is less than perfect. But big picture, it pales next to the shine you’ve invoked via elbow grease. You HAVE done the work, so acknowledge it.

Keep on, okay? And when someone expresses their admiration for your work, don’t argue with them, okay? Humility is laudable, but modesty doesn’t need to be extended to reject all accolades. It serves everyone when you learn to accept a compliment. The graceful response is, “Thank you.”

Are you getting recognition for your hard work?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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