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VIII. Strength: The traditional Strength card depicts a woman calmly and gently prying open the jaws of a lion. The lion, which is the astrological symbol for Leo, represents primal urges. It is interesting to consider the relationship between the male lion and the female woman: she seems to be able to control his rage and urges through gentle and kind touch. He looks up to her, remaining loyal, willing to suppress his wild power in a scene that shows tense yet inspiring interaction. The Strength card asks you to practice patience and gentleness. Whether battling inner demons or facing external conflict, now is a time to stay calm and face difficulties with hope and confidence. The Leo aspect of the lion represents charm, grace, poise, courage, and positivity. Calmness, gentleness, and softness are the greatest of powers in taming the beast. Common meanings: patience, confidence, shapeshifting, acceptance, inner power, charm, endurance, self control, kindness, facing obstacles with a positive attitude, support systems, composure.
- Kiki Dombrowski (http://www.kikidombrowski.com/)