Strength For Tomorrow

February 9th, 2022 1001 pm

The Rider Waite Tarot Card Strength

What is strength? How does one accomplish being strong? When does one use his strength and what for? Is it for the right reasons? Or the wrongs reasons?

In the Rider Waite Tarot Deck we see a woman holding a lion by the mouth and patting it’s head, calming and still.

The lion is calm and tamed as well as the person who is showing this gratitude towards the lion. You see strength doesn’t mean using your might for overcoming those less accomplished as you. Strength is using your own might to overcome those obstacles that aren’t easily followed by many.

Swlfie with cat on my head while laying down on the bed
Digital Philosophy Male and Cat

Above is a image of me laying down on the bed while a cat sits on top of my head. This of course isn’t unusual but for this cat it would be. The cat above is a rescued animal who was abused in her previous environment.

It is only in the last month or so that the cat started warming up to us here at home. He is a good cat and since warming up to us, he now sleeps with us.

Animals are smart creatures that use their instincts and sense of smell to scope out their environments. This of course is a survival method used by all animals for the sake of surviving.

The Rider Waite Tarot Deck Card Strength of the major Arcana
Rider Waite Deck Strength

The Meaning

Splash image of Querent picking a tarot card
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We all have the ability to achieve strength wheather it is the taming of an animal, or overcoming a fear. Srrength is more than using physical domain and dominance to overcome a weak individual.

This is not strength then but cowardice and bigotry. Strength is then the opposite of demanding and dominating. When one weaker than you is dominanted, it isn’t a show of strength but weakness through ones own self.

Therefore strength is overcoming your own obstacles in the most bleak and challenging fashion. Allow yourself to succumb to reckless behavior and the opposite will happen. Aristotle said the opposite of strength is weakness. In between that virtue is courage. The ability to conquer ones owns-self.

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