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8. STRENGTH

— Gentle influence and strength through courage —

STRENGTH TAROT CARD MEANING

POETRY AUDIO

MEDITATION AUDIO


THE STRENGTH TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

Fierce serenity, innocence, pure thoughts and actions, honest tranquility, gentle leadership, flexibility and strength in the face of uncertainty, purity, integrity, bravery

CREATOR MUSING

Forcing your way with brute strength is not what’s going to work for you. Take a gentle, confident approach and be flexible enough to move around any problems with your composed influence.

WORD PROMPTS

• Silent ferocity
• The quiet courage of angels
• My inner purr

EXPERIENCING the Tarot STRENGTH

“And oh what a curious sight we must be,” he mused. This tiny thing, perched on his head, leading the way with her breath. “But they don’t know you like I do,” he continued, “and all the strength you carry.” She smiled a slow nod, head high, innocence in tow. He could feel her deep passion and life radiate from within her. All that warmth. All that softness. And yet somehow, all the beasts – both wonderful and terrible – seem to take great pleasure in bowing before her. They all yield to her quiet strength and simple desire, and they all fall in reverence to her peaceful demeanor. For the power in her breath is calmness embodied. It is flexible defiance and brave tranquility. And she has the most courageous of hearts. He looked up at her small toes, dangling down into the corners of his vision, and tilted his head back to lick them. She giggled. And leaned down and wrapped her small arms around his neck and gently squeezed. “It’s true,” she whispered. Her love stopping him in his tracks, “What a curious sight we must be.” 

She thinks about his wild heart. His instinct. His power. And she thanks him for his company. And onwards they go, peacefully, into the night.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

In meditation, ride the lion to the pyramids. As you travel, have a heart-to-courageous-heart chat, and talk about perceived limitations that hold you back. Tell him what you are afraid of, and listen to his advice as he points out the fears that you no longer need to hold on to.


CREATIVE PROMPT

• Choose an animal (or two!) to back up your inner courage. What do they look like? Feel like? What qualities do they gift you? What curious sight do you make when you are walking together? What would people see if they witnessed you?

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams