Deck: Tarot Illuminati by Erik C. Dunne.

Hello Colorful Creative!

The Strength card depicts a woman with calm demeanor that has the ability to subdue a lion. This card represents inner strength, and the ability to use our analytical mind to control and oversee our reactive aspects that often make an appearance suddenly, and without warning. This card can also represent our inner drive that helps to keep us moving forward when things become challenging. In the Rider-Waite-Smith version of Tarot, Strength is the eighth card of the Major Arcana.

Creative Aspect: This card suggests creativity as a primal need, and the ability to focus that need in order to produce something. The lion symbolizes our “animal self”, the spontaneous aspect of self that reacts without thinking to the world around it. It is the automatic response to those things that inspire us, or make us feel so strongly about something that we need to communicate it to others. It is the basic urge to survive as a creative being.

The woman symbolizes our rational mind that can take that passion and balance it with focus and direction. Our analytical mind can take that passion and give it form, create steps to manifest concepts, and bring them into physical reality. She can also represent the quiet voice of intuition as a guide to manifest our passion in its ideal form, if we listen.

As a concept for creative inspiration, what do you feel strongly or passionately about? What about this subject makes you feel this way? How can you connect to your inner strength and express this creatively?

This card has a value of 8 (in the RWS version), and deals with organizing and prioritizing. If you draw this card, it is reminding you to take your creative passions and guide them into a workable plan of expression. Figure out how to express what it is you want to express. Use your analytical mind and intuition to develop a disciplined and focused plan to achieve your goal. And remember, you can always draw on your inner strength when things get challenging. You have the will to see your creative concepts through.

Other Questions to ponder if you draw the Strength card:

  1. What creative urge has been trying to surface?
  2. How can I use my inner strength to make it a reality?
  3. What is the best way to tap into and guide these creative passions?

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