The Tarot Deck is made up of 78 cards. There is a major arcana consisting of 22 cards and a minor arcana (or pips) consisting of 4 suits of 14 cards each. The major arcana refers to the big life lessons, karmic influences & big archetypal themes that are influencing a person towards enlightenment. The minor arcana are mainly day-to-day happenings. They represent the energy that is passing through your life right now and can be changed if you take that kind of action. Receiving a major arcana card in a reading is always a big deal.
I recently read a fiction book called Frostline by Linda Howard and Linda Jones. The story was about the tarot card Strength. It was a fun read and along with the little love story, I was able to see the card Strength in a female person.
Do you know that Strength used to be called fortitude? When you need strength or fortitude do you think of this card? I love the Rider-Waite version of this card. There she is, holding the mouth of a lion open. Gently with strength. No harm being done, just using her innate strength to do what needs to be done.
I think back on some of the times when I have needed to be strong and often it was a time when I just needed to keep soldiering on through the swamp knowing that as long as I kept going, doing what needed to be done, no matter how scary or how rough it got, I just needed to keep putting one foot in front of the other and eventually I would find myself on the other side. No turning back, no sitting down in muddy water and crying. Strength determines what needs to be done, sets her shoulders straight and marches onward.
Recently I was reading an article about Leadership and it stated that people in leadership may not always know what needs to be done and find themselves making mistakes but that doesn’t mean that they stop. They learn, they research, they ask questions, they listen, they realign and they don’t give up. Many times, a leader will find themselves in situations that they have never been in before and yet they keep going. I think that leadership and the tarot card Strength make good partners.
In the story, Frostline, the major arcana card who lived in another world and by some fluke ended up on earth to help a small boy deal with his mothers murder, had to fight off hunters sent from the Tower and the Emperor. Both, for different reasons wanted her to return to their world and yet Strength was determined to do what was right and not give up.
It’s always a good card to get in a reading because it reminds a person to keep on carrying on, no matter what the situation or setting, and in my mind it’s a journey to the other side. I will often visualize my goal. It helps me be strong.
September 3, 2019