Friday, 4 May 2018

Tarot Soul Card -- Strength (Number 8)


[Halloween Tarot]

Classic Strength card imagery depicts a savage lion allowing a gentle maiden to open (control) its mighty jaws of death and destruction. Men and women whose soul card is Strength will find themselves living out either one or the other of those roles in their lives. Untamed passions and overwhelming emotions twist and turn deep down in their souls. It feels like those forces can rip their world and themselves apart. People on the Strength soul path must be brave and learn how to be the maiden who "tames the beast within." If they cannot, the lion will spring free and go on a rampage.

The secret to taming those wild internal passions and overwhelming emotions is not to forcibly subdue, repress or deny them, hoping they can be ignored or will just go away. A person of Strength must come to terms with and accept their inner reality. They must face their fears, express their emotions in a healthy way and "integrate their Shadow" in the Jungian sense. Such strong inner passions and emotions may not necessarily be bad or wrong in themselves -- they may simply be unconventional or unaccepted by the society or family in which the Strength person lives.

Other people often recognize men and women on the Strength soul path as being real survivors, who must struggle and overcome great odds. Strength people must steadfastly persevere to incorporate their passions and emotions in a well-lived life, expressing themselves truly, fully and peacefully.

There is one other major arcana card in this constellation which influences a Strength soul path: the Star.


[Ludy Lescot Tarot]

The Star card, whose imagery also involves a gentle maiden, represents peace, hope and new life. If a Strength person is successful in accepting and integrating their inner lion, Star energy will manifest in their lives as self-confidence, creative innovation and vision. Such a Strength person embraces and lives out their many talents and positive inner truths. They will understand and fulfill their destiny.

However, if Star energy remains a repressed, hidden factor, a Strength person will hide their talents and true self, believing themselves to be ugly and useless. Self-doubt and self-hatred will gnaw at them, with pessimism as a constant companion.

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Next Week: the Hermit Soul Card

[NOTE: If you haven't yet determined what your Soul Card is and would like to, please go to the introductory post of this series found here, do the calculation and play along!]

24 comments:

laurie said...

I'm finding this all really interesting, the art work on the cards is beautiful,

mxtodis123 said...

These cards are gorgeous. What deck?

Cranky and Difficult said...

I agree with Laurie ad Mxtodis, these are gorgeous cards!!!

DEZMOND said...

I always pray the lions would bite off the heads of their tamers and that bulls would pierce the idiots in coridas :)
OMG that lass is washing her hands in frog water!

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

This one is my soul card. And it resonates deeply. I will read and re-read this post. Thank you!

Rain said...

Great lesson Debra :) Though The Hermit isn't my soul card, I am drawn to it because of my lifestyle. Can't wait to read your post next time. :)

Kirk said...

I was skeptical when I found out I was Strength a while back (as I feel anything but strong), but the description you provide really does fit this gentle maiden to a T (for Tarot). The second paragraph in particular is something I've only started learning to deal with in the past year or so.

Laura said...

I've been waiting for this one as it is my number. I definitely haven't figured out how to "tame" the beast within and the connection with the Star makes so much sense. Thanks for this insight.
blessings
~*~

Martha said...

My older daughter and my brother have this soul card. And it is definitely describes them! My younger daughter has the hermit card, so I'm curious to see what's coming up.

^.^ said...

Heeelllppp! friend D ... as me do not what me are ... and maybe me'll never know what me are ... was born Dec 13, 1955 ... and dat all I know ... anyway ... Happy Spring, eh? ... Love, cat.

Marie Smith said...

I find these all fascinating!

Adam said...

The power of a lion

e said...

Ooh! Another dead-on accurate description of one of my family members! My dad is Strength, and this sounds like someone who looked into his soul was describing him. He has shared with me the turning point in his life when he took hold of his tempestuous nature and tamed it. Wow. SPOT ON!

AntiquityTravelers said...

While this isn't my card ... it feels like it could be. I'm pisces ... which is always described as a deep inner strength / or still waters run deep

mxtodis123 said...

I am definitely going to buy the Lucy Lescot tarot.

Missy George said...

Looks like a pussy cat to me...The Star Card is lovely..fascinating..Have a fun weekend!!

bj said...

These cards are all so pretty...
I am a Hermit so I am looking forward to seeing if the card will describe me and my way of life...Like ghosts, I am not completely sold on all this...but I do have an open mind and try to give it all much thought.

Guillaume said...

A Halloween tarot deck? I'd like to see that.

Magic Love Crow said...

Excellent Debra!! Thank you! I love the deck you are showing too! Big Hugs!

bill lisleman said...

Taming the beast skills lost importance after tranquilizers were discovered.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I like, and believe there's great truth to, the need to tame the lion. Still working on it. Smiles.
Have a great week, Debra.

Fundy Blue said...

The star card is especially beautiful! The Strength card immediately made me think of Jimmy Rankin's "Morning Bound Train." I often feel like a caged lion, and his song expresses restlessness so well. Big game tonight! Go Jets!

baili said...

very interesting but sort of touching soul card my friend!

fighting with inner beasts and overcoming them is rel victory though but being victim of self pity and lostness is sad prt of the story
i find your posts series so very interesting

Magaly Guerrero said...

Well, hear me RAWR... peacefully. :-)