In the beginning, there was the Fool; and the Major Arcana plays out the rest of his tale. “The Fool’s Journey” is a fascinating and important concept for both beginners and tarot pros alike. Come along with me as I revisit this journey through 22 cards from 22 different decks.
Strength: Drawing on Your Inner Power
Not everything can be brought under control through sheer force of will or physical strength. Life isn’t always moving onward and upward, and this is where the Fool learns to draw on Strength from within. Beyond sheer physicality, Strength depicts a softer kind of power—one that tames the Fool’s wilder emotions and animalistic instincts with self-control, tolerance, and patience. It is at this point that the Fool becomes more mature and learns to be more compassionate towards others… as well as himself.
The After Tarot (by Corinne Kenner, Pietro Alligo, and Giulia Francesca Massaglia) depicts Strength so beautifully. The original Rider Waite Smith shows a woman gently taking the lion’s snout in her hands, taming it with her inner own inner strength. In the After Tarot, has closed its eyes and leaned completely into the woman’s arms, allowing itself to bask in the warmth of her acceptance.
Of all the major arcana, Strength is the card I identify with the most, and reminds me of my own personal and spiritual journey. What do you think of when you see Strength? Does this card resonate with you, as well? Feel free to share your thoughts in a comment below!
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