Associated Astrology: Leo
Key words: Courage, Fortitude, Diplomacy, Self-Control, Consistency, Rationale, Compassion, Mastery, Negociation, Boldness, Confidence, Consideration, Passion
"Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomtable will" - Mahatma Ghandi
Welcome to the masterful Strength tarot card. Although this card seems to be pretty clear cut about it's meaning it is not an indicator of your mastery at the gym! Strength in the spiritual sense of the tarot is about mastery of instinctual reactions, represented here by pet lions! Strength is a diplomatic card if ever there was one, and often indicates behaviour by others that could sorely test that skill! Adversity, however, is where Strength can truly shine.
Maybe you are already in a situation that could fray the temper of a saint, tempt a nun or terrify a monster! It is hard to know what to do with sudden emotion. Strength is not about consistently rolling over in reponse to unfair treatment. On the contrary, she is about standing up to it in all the right ways. Different situations call for different responses, but Strength is the card that refuses to accept provocation as a valid reason to engage. She is anything but reactionary, and she asks you to follow her lead. She says 'you know what you don't want, so how to you focus on what you do want'?
As an archetype of the rational mind, she sees beyond the clammering desires of the ego and recognises the power of inaction and retreat. This gives her significantly more influence when she does choose to act. So, if another is beyond seeing reason, then reason must go out for a lunch with someone who will!
It seems simple doesn't it? Yet, we all know how hard it is to put strength into practice when our blood runs hot. The voice of passion is after all, an essential part of our human make-up. This card can indicate that we need to dig deep, take a big breath and refuse to let it rule us. Often the real needs of our situation are hidden behind the noisy roar of immediate desires.
Our relationship with our lionish instincts needs to be in heathy communion. We don't want to bully our inner lion with cold insensitivity and become seperated from our emotive forces. Yet, we also don't want to let our discipline slip and have a wild animal on the loose! Instead, we must take control with calm authority and find time to express ourself honestly in a secure manner. This can take courage. If we do our best to acknowledge and inpart our feelings with a philosophical view of the bigger picture, then we are engaging with our strength. This will enable us to bring reasurrance and confidence to our situation.
Negotiation and compassion are your strong suits under this card. You could be invaluable in helping bridge conflict, tame wild behaviour or confront fear. It's a great time to go for a promotion, have needs acknowledged or take a courageous step towards being the strong individual you know you are. This card can change your life, because once you recognise that your inner strength is in fact your self-love and your self-respect, then nothing and nobody can take it from you.