My eye immediately is drawn to the snake in this rendition of Strength, who the lovely maiden keeps in line with her foot, all while gently keeping the lion at bay at the same time. While she’s dealing with the Lion head-on, she’s also not being taken by any back-door treachery. She’s constantly aware.
The infinity symbol above her head shows her infinite patience and her virginal white dress shows us her purity of intent. She’s also here for the long haul.
The cloud formations showing a griffin—a combination beast of lion and eagle—who is known for his strength and intelligence, was also said to be drawn to battle the fiercest beasts. No shirking. He was known as a divine guardian.
Aside: Anybody know who the statue is? I don’t have the Little White Book anymore to reference.
To me, this card points to righteous battling. You don’t have to be bigger or stronger or more intimidating than those who would oppose you. Being strong enough and courageous enough to stand up as required, holding fast and calling upon an inner strength, being aware of everyone and everything, you can win against foes who appear much more fierce. This isn’t a showy kind of winning. It’s a steadfast, reliable kind of winning.
Whenever I see the Strength card, I know the person I’m reading for has what it takes to persevere for the long haul. It’s very encouraging. But always, always, always it’s also a choice. Here, you want a light but very steady hand, with a conscious, ongoing attention to what’s happening in the background. That’s how you make it through the challenges.
Listening, Tarot. I’m listening!
Are you in for the long haul?
|Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish) |
by Lo Scarabeo