Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tarot Card of the Month - Strength

The tarot card for this month is Strength. The value of this card is either 8 or 11 (depending on the deck) and is associated with the zodiac sign of Leo.

A woman is standing in a field with her hands around a lion’s head. There is a peaceful smile on her face and it appears she has successfully tamed this wild beast. Instead of preparing the bite, the lion is sticking out his tongue which suggests that he is happy to submit and surrender to the woman. She has the infinity symbol above her head and her white robe indicates spiritual purity. The lion is a symbol of our animal passions and desires. The maiden represents that part of ourselves that has the ability to nurture and love.

This card represents inner strength, determination and power. It reminds us of the power of the human spirit to overcome and endure life’s obstacles by drawing upon our inner strength and confidence. While strength is normally associated with the masculine, this is a feminine card. The woman depicted is compassionate and caring. She tames the lion through a gentle approach using love and patience rather than by sheer force.

When the Strength card appears in a spread, it signifies that strength is required for challenges ahead. It also tells us that we have the inner strength required to meet these challenges and urges us to use compassion, love and gentleness to achieve our goal.

Keywords for the Strength card – strength, courage, patience, compassion, understanding

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