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Freitag, 6. Januar 2012

Taming the Beast

Funny coincidence (if you believe there is any such thing) that I just had a reading done stating Strength to be my card for the year. I usually follow the "old" numbering of the trumps so I took Justice and the Star to be my cards for the year (17 = 1+7 = 8). I suppose both hold some validity and lo and behold, today I drew Strength as card of the day.

Bohemian Gothic Tarot. by Alex Ukolov & Karen Mahony. © 2007, Magic Realist Press. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the publisher. Card images are protected intellectual property and may not be recopied or reused in any manner without written permission from the publisher.

As is the case with most renditions of the card, the Strength card from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot shows a lion and a woman in peaceful companionship. This card reminds us of our origins, our animal nature. We all have instincts and urges, mostly considered uncivilized and therefore suppressed. This card reminds us, however, that they are part of us (you can see a chain on this picture, so the lion is chained to the lady and vice versa) and that we need to acknowledge them and make friends with our inner beast. If we do - like the lady on the card - we may find the beast is all cuddly and purry and serves us. By ignoring or suppressing our animal nature it could happen that we are not able to handle our "inner beast" once it emerges. But it can only be tamed with gentleness and kindness. You must not chastise or hate yourself for those times when your inner beast rears its head. If you accept it as part of your nature it is a lot easier to handle and to make use of its energy because it has a lot of strength, passion, will-power and joy to offer to spice up your life and help you in your endeavours.

Interesting though - on the Bohemian Gothic card I find the lion looking a lot cuddlier and friendlier than the lady. Or is that just my perception?

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