Wednesday, October 24, 2012

VIII Strength

VIII Strength



 

Keywords: Accepting others, Achieving soft control, Actions, Being a rock, Being able to influence, Being compassionate, Being kind, Being patient, Being tolerant, Calmness, Compassion, Conquer your emotions, Control through mastery and authority, Controlled power, Courage, Curb the urge to dictate, Dealing calmly with frustration, Demonstrating the strength of love, Don't despair or give up, Endure & triumph, Equilibrium, "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction", Feeling an unshakable resolve, Forbearance, Forgiving, Forgiving imperfection, Fortitude, Giving influence, Giving others lots of space, Governmental regulation, Guiding indirectly, Having a gallant spirit, Having character, Having stamina, Indirect guidance, Justice, Kindness, Knowing you can endure, "Like a rock", Maintain composure, Moderation in all things, Patient, Perseverance, Persuading, Persuasive, Power of love, Quiet determination, Re-evaluation, Refuse to get angry, Resolve, Self-Control, Showing forbearance, Showing strength, Soft control, Solid & reliable, Stamina, Strength, Taking heart despite setbacks, Taking time, Tempering force with benevolence, Tolerating, Understanding others are feeling, Unshakable resolve, Use your primal instincts, Working with, You can endure


Usually we think of strength in physical terms - big arms, powerful legs - but there is also inner strength. Inner strength comes from an exercise of the heart muscle. It is perseverance, courage, resolve and composure - qualities that help us endure when times are tough. In the past, a person with inner strength was commonly said to have character; he or she could be counted on in the darkest moments. The Strength card represents this energy of quiet determination. Strength is not a flashy card, but one that is solid and reliable.

Strength also represents patience and compassion. Getting angry is easy when events turn sour, but dealing calmly with frustration takes great strength. So does accepting others and forgiving mistakes. We need strength to mold situations softly. The Chariot controls through mastery and authority. This card is more subtle, even loving. Notice how the lion (itself a symbol of strength) is being guided and tamed by the woman's gentle hands.

Strength will appear in a reading when its qualities are needed. It can be a reminder not to despair or give up. You have the inner strength to endure and triumph. If you are pushing too hard, you need to withdraw for the moment and be patient. If other people or circumstances are driving you crazy, remember the strength that comes with love and forbearance. These will see you through the hardest moments.

Keep your wits around you when your character's strength is tested. Develop a spirit of give & take.

Be courageous. Use intestinal fortitude to take control. Worry attracts discordant events.

You have a lust for life. All work and no play can make you dull. Pleasure stimulates more productivity.

Use your instincts, the primal part of you, but don't let that aspect of you take over. Don’t allow things to hang in the balance.

Conquer your emotions. Curb the urge to dictate.

Re-evaluate the situation to see if the obstacles are real. Every action brings reaction.

Success demands organization, then you will realize satisfaction and joy. Conservativeness balanced by originality.

Intention is cause. Energy follows thought. Power without control is nothing. Moderation in all things.
Influence of a governmental regulation. Serious exchange with superiors.

**NOTE:
If the figure on the card is male and the lion is dead, then this is a card of brute strength.
If the figure on the card is female and the lion is alive, then this is a card of gentle strength.

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Reinforcing Dignities
Hanged Man – taking time, patience
Nine of Wands – stamina, strength to endure

Opposing Dignities
Chariot – hard control
Eight of Cups – weariness, lack of strength
Six of Swords – being listless, lacking heart
Five of Pentacles – ill-health, weakness

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Use this card for magick works involving strength to go on, strength of character, and the strength to overcome obstacles.


Perform a simple candle ritual with the card placed in front of the candle dressed with herbs & oil(s) appropriate to the situation you are doing the work for.


Carry the card with you during the day, keeping it close so its energies will influence you and your surroundings. 


Place the card where it can be seen & contemplated upon during the day.


Use a pendulum to divine the sort of creative energy you're needing or wanting.

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