Our culture encourages the idea that strength is about brute, physical might. Survival of the fittest, dog-eat-dog, eye for an eye, I could keep going... This card is not about that. The truest, most pure strength does not come from being able to plow over others and step on everyone to get to the top. The highest form of courage comes when we are tested by the Universe. When all the lessons learned are matched up with our spiritual integrity and we are pushed to our limit. How do we react when the bottom drops out, when our foundation cracks and we have to pull ourselves back up?
Sometimes when our world falls apart, we give ourselves an excuse to drop out of integrity. We forget all the pearls of wisdom, and make really bad choices. When we are just scraping by, trying hard to survive – it's easy to fall into that trap where the end justifies the means and we claw our way out of the struggle. This is why the Strength card, above all else represents the hard choice – compassion, understanding, love and grace. Because in times of need, those are the most difficult emotions to allow into our hearts. When we are angry, hurt, resentful and bitter – it's hard to find appreciation for our experience. We want revenge on the Universe for allowing us to be in harms way – but we find our strength when we find purpose in the storm. Once we open our eyes to the causes, we can take control over it's effect on us and flow into a direction that takes us to shore.
You may be going through or just come out of a very difficult time. It might have been easy to bow out and close the curtain – but you didn't (or you won't)! There is a lesson hidden in these moments of difficulty. Finding love and compassion will give you the strength to transform the heavy lead of pain into the gold of transcendence. Open your heart and let in the light, even in the darkest of times, let the two forces form a direction that will lead you toward the dawn.
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