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Strength


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Context

This card represents the querent’s general environment. These are the forces and influences currently at play, beyond the immediate problem or hardship.

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Divinatory Meanings

Power, energy, action, courage, magnanimity; also complete success and honours.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Despotism, abuse if power, weakness, discord, sometimes even disgrace.

Inner Symbolism

A woman, over whose head there broods the same symbol of life which we have seen in the card of the Magician, is closing the jaws of a lion. The only point in which this design differs from the conventional presentations is that her beneficent fortitude has already subdued the lion, which is being led by a chain of flowers. For reasons which satisfy myself, this card has been interchanged with that of justice, which is usually numbered eight. As the variation carries nothing with it which will signify to the reader, there is no cause for explanation. Fortitude, in one of its most exalted aspects, is connected with the Divine Mystery of Union; the virtue, of course, operates in all planes, and hence draws on all in its symbolism. It connects also with innocentia inviolata, and with the strength which resides in contemplation.

These higher meanings are, however, matters of inference, and I do not suggest that they are transparent on the surface of the card. They are intimated in a concealed manner by the chain of flowers, which signifies, among many other things, the sweet yoke and the light burden of Divine Law, when it has been taken into the heart of hearts. The card has nothing to do with self-confidence in the ordinary sense, though this has been suggested--but it concerns the confidence of those whose strength is God, who have found their refuge in Him. There is one aspect in which the lion signifies the passions, and she who is called Strength is the higher nature in its liberation. It has walked upon the asp and the basilisk and has trodden down the lion and the dragon.

Description

8. Fortitude. This is one of the cardinal virtues, of which I shall speak later. The female figure is usually represented as closing the mouth of a lion. In the earlier form which is printed by Court de Gebelin, she is obviously opening it. The first alternative is better symbolically, but either is an instance of strength in its conventional understanding, and conveys the idea of mastery. It has been said that the figure represents organic force, moral force and the principle of all force.


Strength


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Context

This card represents the querent’s general environment. These are the forces and influences currently at play, beyond the immediate problem or hardship.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Strength, or Fortitude - Power, Might, Force, Strength, Fortitude.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Abuse of Power, Overbearingness, Want of Fortitude.

Symbolism of the Keys

Strength or Fortitude - A woman crowned with crown and cap of maintenance, who calmly, and Without effort, closes the jaws of a furious lion. She represents Strength.


Strength


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Context

This card represents the querent’s general environment. These are the forces and influences currently at play, beyond the immediate problem or hardship.

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Description and Meaning

The astrologer says, that the Eleventh house is the house of the 'friends.' This means, that it contains those who are with us, and that which we have within the limit of our power, because 'friendly,' is that which is understood. The forces of nature, which we have mastered, are friendly to us and this is very well expressed by the woman who "is closing the jaws of a lion." The latter stands for passion more particularly. She derives this force from the eternal or superhuman and this is indicated by the lemnescate above her head. In older editions of the card 4 we find half the symbol for Aquarius, as a line of vibration added to it: Viewed from a purely astrological standpoint it is evident, that the force to conquer Leo should be found in the opposite sign, Aquarius. Early Renaissance must have seen this in the same way, as we find exactly the same image--only with one difference: it is there a young man, not a woman--a man closing the jaws of a lion in the capital of a pillar in the church of St. Andrew-the-Less in Vienna. Which proves at the same time, that the chosen image is not of a very recent date. (Musée du Trocadéro: Paris.)

Papus identifies it with the Hebrew letter Kaph, which he says "is a reinforcement of the Gimel--(Gemini)--so that we might say that it designates the hand of man in the act of grasping strongly. Ideas of strength are therefore applied to this letter." We should say it is the grip of friendship. A well-known symbol in many societies of brotherhood consisted of two hands united in a close grip of friendship.

"It is connected with the mystery of union . . . in all planes . . ." (Waite), and this also is evident, because we are united with that which we have mastered and with people who are able to respond to our (electric) emanations of thought, or to whose emanations we ourselves respond.

Astrological Correspondence

Aquarius


Ten of Swords


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Focus

This card represents the problem or hardship at hand. These are forces or influences, now coming into effect, that may either complicate the situation or present an opportunity for untangling the knot.

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Description

A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.

Divinatory Meanings

Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Advantage, profit, success, favour, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

Followed by Ace and King, imprisonment; for girl or wife, treason on the part of friends.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Victory and consequent fortune for a soldier in war.


Ten of Swords


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Focus

This card represents the problem or hardship at hand. These are forces or influences, now coming into effect, that may either complicate the situation or present an opportunity for untangling the knot.

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Divinatory Meanings

Ten of Swords - Tears, Affliction, Grief, Sorrow.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Passing Success, Momentary Advantage.


Ten of Swords


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Focus

This card represents the problem or hardship at hand. These are forces or influences, now coming into effect, that may either complicate the situation or present an opportunity for untangling the knot.

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Tradition

Tears, affliction, plaints, complaints, sadness, desolation, sorrow. Reversed: Advantage, profit, favour. "But none of these are permanent," says Waite-- Power, might, usurpation, authority.

Theory

The element of Earth on the Tenth house: Capricorn, of course relates to authority and earthy might or power, and we do not see why this should be only in a 'reversed' position. With regard to religion this is the mother-church (compare: Capricorn the 'married woman' or the mother), the materialisation of dogma and creed in a building, a church, chapel, monastery. In the secular line it may be any official building or office and, relating to persons, any official or public authority under the civil law. The card represents material necessity and the limits and corner-stones which it erects. It is ultimately the card of inexorable karmic results, say material karma itself. To the profane this means very often affliction, etc., and the personality may be burdened by the weight of fate. The image of this card seems to suggest this specially. On the other hand tradition is certainly not wrong in stating that it may represent gain and profit, as the card of karma will bring the full measure of material things in general and not only in the way of tragedy. Profit and advantage, however, may also become oppressive and its possibility must be considered here.

Conclusion

Karmic results, whether benefic or malific; material limits, physical necessity; authority, official might and power, obedience to the same; official persons. The mother-church, monastery, etc. Affliction, sadness, etc. In good cases due reward and honest profit, merited position. Possession may become a curse. Fate may lay low the personality. The card is not very benefic for the parents of the querent, or he himself does not much esteem them. It relates to his position in the world.

P.S.--The cards of the suit of swords, from the ace up to the ten, relate to the respective 'sins' prohibited by the Ten Commandments.


Three of Swords


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Outcome

The card represents the potential outcome of the Context and Focus cards, in their operation on the problem or hardship at hand.

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Description

Three swords piercing a heart; cloud and rain behind.

Divinatory Meanings

Removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally, being too simple and obvious to call for specific enumeration.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Mental alienation, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

For a woman, the flight of her lover.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

A meeting with one whom the Querent has compromised; also a nun.


Three of Swords


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Outcome

The card represents the potential outcome of the Context and Focus cards, in their operation on the problem or hardship at hand.

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Divinatory Meanings

Three of Swords - A Nun, Separation, Removal, Rupture, Quarrel.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Error, Confusion, Misrule, Disorder.


Three of Swords


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Outcome

The card represents the potential outcome of the Context and Focus cards, in their operation on the problem or hardship at hand.

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Tradition

Departure, absence, rupture, delay, division, removal, being-far-away. Also aversion, hatred, disgust, etc. Contrarieties, opposition, unsociable qualities, gruffness, separation, etc. Reversed: Mental worries, troubles and even alienation. Error, mistake, loss. A nun.

Theory

The element of Earth on the Third house acts in the way of the mind and mental processes, and must appear as 'troubles,' etc., because it gives the feeling of the mind being burdened, which might easily go as far as oppression. If the burden becomes too heavy, either the body or the soul may suffer severely, and pain, affliction or mental aberration may ensue. This card must generally mean bad news too, the message which brings news of the affliction. It may be a corrective to a too easy and volatile imagination. It will in most cases denote some sickness, as a result of the pressure or oppressed feeling in the mind or in circumstances in general. It may be the result of worrying. The house of Gemini also suggests some suffering on account of distance, separateness, being far from one other. And the oppressed mind, which cannot have its way, may easily denote the spiritual condition of a nun or some one who takes refuge within the precincts of a monastery. In this case, however, the motives are not of the more elevated or exalted order: there is spitefulness, vexation, bitterness on account of unrealised hopes, want of idealism. So this does not indicate the idealistic type of monasticism. The card typifies the worries of the lesser sort of mind, also small talk, evil thought, the wrestling of the inferior mind with matter and all that may be expected from it.

Conclusion

Oppression, worries, being burdened, baffled hopes, troubles, tendency to separateness, rupture and seclusion, pessimism. Removal, absence, delay. Small talk, bitter and evil thought, sickness; in bad cases alienation. Error of judgment, wrong opinion, hatred, aversion, etc. In general: affliction. Scheming, but not in a good sense.