I use tarot and oracle cards as tools for reflection and contemplation. Rather than divining the future, they are a way for me to look more deeply at the "now."
"The goal isn't to arrive, but to meander, to saunter, to make your life a holy wandering." ~ Rami Shapiro

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Key to Strength

This week I'll be using the Nigel Jackson Tarot, created by Jackson and published by Llewellyn. I'll also be using the Viking Lenormand, created and self-published by my dear friend Carole Beasley. Today's draws are Fortitude (Strength) and 'The Key:'

          Fortitude indicates courage and strength in adversity. It doesn't mean the difficulty disappears; rather than reacting to it, we tame it with patience and kindness. Jackson includes three broken pillars in his card, a Renaissance symbol of fortitude. In kabbalah's Tree of Life, there are three columns: justice, beauty, and mercy. Justice represents power and severity, separation and distinction. Mercy represents unity and harmony, benevolence and goodness. But the middle pillar - Beauty - is the ideal balance between the other two. Such is the meaning of the Strength /Fortitude card. The Key implies that a door can be unlocked, an insight can be had, and a solution can be found. Perhaps its message is that people and situations can't simply be sorted into two columns of good/bad or right/wrong. To be able to see from a viewpoint of inclusivity - seeing the whole rather than just a few parts - is what will allow us to find strength in adversity.


  1. I'd be a much better person if I could see the whole, and understand it.

  2. Perhaps the Key will unlock the next door to our understanding.

    1. I guess that comes with the complete turn of the key. :)