THE JOURNEY OF THE FOOL THROUGH THE TAROT - DAY NINE: STRENGTH
Over time, life presents the Fool with new challenges, some which cause suffering and disillusionment.
He has many occasions to draw on the quality of Strength. He is pressed to develop his courage and resolve and find the heart to keep going despite setbacks.
The Fool also discovers the quiet attributes of patience and tolerance.
He realizes the wilful command of the Chariot must be tempered by kindliness and the softer power of a loving approach. At times, intense passions surface, just when the Fool thought he had everything, including himself, under control.
In the Strength Tarot card, a woman gently strokes a lion on its forehead and jaw.
Even though it is known for its ferociousness, the woman has tamed this wild beast with her calming, loving energy.
The lion is a symbol of raw passions and desires, and in taming him, the woman shows that animal instinct and raw passion can be expressed in positive ways when inner strength and resilience are applied.
She doesn’t use force or coercion; she channels her inner strength to subdue and subtly control the lion.
The woman wears a white robe, showing her purity of spirit, and a belt and crown of flowers that represent the fullest, most beautiful expression of nature. Over her head is the symbol of infinity, representing her infinite potential and wisdom.
The Strength card represents strength, determination, and power– like the Chariot.
However, while the Chariot signifies outer strength and will, the Strength card speaks to the inner strength and the human spirit’s ability to overcome any obstacle.
Strength is about knowing you can endure life’s obstacles.
You have great stamina and persistence, balanced with underlying patience and inner calm. You are committed to what you need to do, and you go about it in a way that shows your composure and maturity.
When the Strength Tarot card appears in a reading, you are fuelled by your inner strength, personal power, strong will and determination.
You do not rule by trying to control others; you quietly influence and persuade. Others may underestimate your power because it is so ‘invisible’ – but you should see that as an advantage. You can control a situation without excessive, outward force. No one knows it’s you calling the shots.
Your strength gives you the confidence to overcome any growing fears, challenges or doubts.
Feel the fear and do it anyway! If you have been going through a rough time and are burnt out or stressed, the Strength card encourages you to find the power within yourself to persevere. You have got what it takes to see this situation through to its eventual end.
The Strength card urges you to ‘tame’ your animal instincts, gut reactions, and raw emotions, and channel these initial responses constructively.
Now is a time when you need to be conscious of your instinctual urges and bring them into balance with the greater good. Approach your situation from a place of forgiveness, love and compassion.
Numeroloy of Card 8
The number for authority, power, ambition and financial lessons - both good and bad.
Astrology of Card
The Leo Card - talks about infinite and abundant energy; being courageous and adapting to your surroundings.