Wednesday, July 5, 2017 “Strength”

Sometimes, our need for indulgence, our anger, lust, and longing get the better of us.  We are overcome with the feelings of want and of ire, but what of control?  What does it tell us about ourselves when we lose it? This card asks us, where within ourselves do we still feel out of control.  The Lion after all is not outside the woman, that’s why it seems so easy to tame.  It is her very own animal body.  We can choose to accept, understand, and integrate our passion and desire nature allowing it to become courage and focused will as this card suggests at its best.  Our other choice is to be overcome by the childish whims and inspirations that strike our hearts then strike us down.  It is our own strength we must be enlightened to as it is only our will that saves us from ourselves.

This card symbolizes the act of creating the self through willful determination.  It is a passionate act (this card is named lust in the Thoth deck) that of self actualization, sometimes born of pain and sometimes of pleasure.  More often it is the pain we feel in pursuit of our pleasures that tempers or informs our will and so our creation of and individual identity.  It suggests that we must gain mastery over our self-destructive impulse.  This is a call to redirect our attention and passion toward the mastery of us. Not in a way that breeds narcissism. Our intoxication with ourselves must be in the interest of manifesting the highest vibration of the self. That which evolves the entire universe.

What behaviors do we take part in that distract us from, or worse permanently prevent us from bettering ourselves?  What attitudes and opinions do we know, while convenient, do not serve?  Who other than ourselves would deserve the strength to overcome what within us does not support our higher good?

Keywords: Passion, Inner Child work, Self Indulgence, Integration, Creativity, Innovation

*shameless Lioness preen*insert RAWR*



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