To highlight the meaning of this card, I wanted my talk to benefit others by encouraging the values of strength and confidence. Keywords associated with this card gave me the outline for my talk. Some of these are strength of spirit, determination to succeed, willfulness, focused energy to overcome obstacles, potency of purpose, and assertiveness. I thought about the kind of inquiries that could invoke a listener’s personal connection with the significance of this card. Here are some of the questions that came to my mind: How do you need to be strong to encourage strength in others? What type of strength is needed for you to become successful? When you’re standing alone, what gives you confidence to resolve difficult situations that you might be facing? Can the lion illustrated in this card represent a gentle strength, such as the strength of love, or does it represent a brut courage that conquers fear? More questions appeared in my mind, but when Kim started my interview, I needed to be answering her questions, not asking them.
My talk started with an affirmation to help people invoke the power of their own courage. Affirmations are best said out loud and I encourage you to say the following right now: “I am centered in my strength and living my highest potential.” Repeat this affirmation whenever you need a verbal clue that you possess the courage to win the battles of life. Inner strength is available to you when you call upon it, and this chant can be a little reminder. Also, to help summon your courage, you can look at the symbols on the Strength card and create a list of your own abilities that enable you to use your hands to close (or open) the mouth of the lion, or to do the seemingly impossible. Use the images on this card to revitalize your will to succeed, and link with the seemingly supernatural strength of the maiden who has tamed the mighty beast. There is no time better than now to connect with your confidence to live a magical, meaningful, and successful life. After all, “Beauty and strength, leaping laughter and delicious languor, force and fire, are of us.”2 1. Aleister Crowley, The Book of Thoth, p. 92. 2. Ibid, p. 92.
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