The card I chose for strength is from a painting by Wright Barker of Circe the enchantress in her palace, surrounded by tamed lions. She walks among the beasts with courage and confidence. She holds a harp in one hand indicating that she sooths the beasts with music. Her control over them is not by force, but by understanding, love and compassion.
The Meaning of Strength: The strength card is about strength, patience, compassion, and soft control. Rather than controlling with brute force, this energy uses calm persuasion. This is the energy of inner strength, persistence and stamina. It also demonstrates the power of confidence and understanding of human nature. It is a card that represents the power of calm and quiet determination. While patience and calm can be faked by some people when anger is the hidden driving force, this card represents the genuine calm confident force in action. It requires divine love. understanding and wisdom. It will endure.
When I see the strength card I think of my own rapport with cats. Cats are what some people call independent creatures who, unlike dogs, don’t seem to care about human companionship or about pleasing humans. When you can understand cats, you understand that they don’t respond well to hard control. If they fear you, they can be very dangerous. They will turn on you in a heartbeat. Hence you have to get in their good graces by earning their trust. You can’t fake it with cats either. They are very sensitive creatures and can pick up on the slightest change in attitude and intention going on in your own psyche. Your love and understanding for them must be genuine in order to gain their trust.
The story of Samson and Delilah is a good example of this kind of soft control. Her control over the strong Samson was accomplished with her love and understanding. Yet she betrayed him. But that does not mean that she was faking it. She did love him and understand him enough gain his trust.
In a reading: So many times people will give up just before they reach their goal, unaware that it was just around the next corner. The message of this card is don't give up. Pace yourself and maintain your resolve. This requires a change of heart or a change of attitude that will support endurance, acceptance, calm, understanding, determination and love. You can only fake it for so long. You must have the genuine ingredients if you want the power of this kind of strength. You can't control the lion without love, understanding and compassion.
Regarding occupation: Your strength lies in the manner in which you conduct your own personal business and stay out of other people’s business. You are in a strong position at work because you remain independent and at the same time very useful to your company. Your coworkers look to you for guidance and they sense your confidence and strength. They assume you have connections but they don’t know why. Forge ahead with your plans, request a raise. Don’t accept more responsibility without getting more money. Let your boss know that you expect to be paid what you are worth. Do what you need to do but don’t get involved in other people’s petty problems. Keep your own council.
Regarding Romance: Your sex life sizzles when you meet someone to whom you are instantly attracted to and enter into a passionate affair. If you are already involved with someone the relationship heats up. Your confidence serves to excite your significant other and your love and energy is the real thing and this can be felt. It is what everyone wants. Be sure to maintain your independence and integrity and don’t compromise just to keep the peace. Stay in control.
Regarding your health: Count your blessings, your health takes a turn for the better. Take advantage of this to start a new preventative medicine measure and improve your diet. Start an exercise routine and take some time to nurture yourself. Spend 15 minutes per day doing meditation. Put your thoughts and feelings on paper and keep a record of your accomplishments. Get your paperwork in order and do some organizing. This will put you at ease and relieve stress.
Advice: If you feel you are at the end of your patience, call upon forgiveness and understanding. Practice the law of allowance and don't resist what is or who people are. Use your calm demeanor to lead people where you want them to go. Speak softly with love and understanding and know your strength is your wisdom and endurance. Remember that a person convinced against his will is not convinced at all. The bottom line is that people want love and the freedom to be themselves.