As many of my readers know I have been writing poetry based on the major arcana of the Tarot. I have been using the Rider-Waite tarot rather than some of my preferred alternative decks (Thoth and Dragon). Rather than describing the card I have been, instead, reflecting upon my own path through the particular card I am writing on. Thus far, in arcana I through VII, a very logical step progression has appeared. It very much feels like elevating through multiple levels.
Yesterday I made an attempt at writing on VIII. Strength. I couldn’t do it. The words did not come to mind despite the essence of the work being visible to me. I’m writing about this because this experience illustrates precisely why I am doing this writing. Allow me to explain. If I can write particularly well on a card it is because I own the concept behind the card. The lesson derived from it is very much a part of me. With VIII. Strength this has not been the case. It actually makes a tremendous amount of sense considering my bouts with depression over the past few years. I am aware of my intrinsic strength but have yet to embrace and fully explore it. That is what I need to do.
One might suggest that I move on to another card within the deck and come back to this one later. I cannot do that. Why? Because the very purpose of what I am doing is the sequential journey from zero onward. Skipping the card would be like skipping vegetables at dinner and coming back to them after dessert.
Readers, I would like to hear your thoughts on VIII. Strength. Maybe share with me your own journey with the card or concept. Write in the comments on what strength means to you and where you are at in your own strength. Thank you.