As a professional reader with over 20 years of experience I am still amazed at the Tarot. I am amazed at it’s insights, the deep meanings of each card, the spiritual components of each beautiful picture.
The Tarot changes and mutates constantly into something new. These symbols are living and breathing symbols that change as the reader changes. They change as society changes. And they change as our understanding grows. These aren’t just pictures on a piece of cardboard. These are symbols that touch us to our very core.
Take the Strength Card for example. This is the most spiritual card in the tarot. From the lemniscate above her head to the beautiful robe she is wearing…wow! Every symbol on this cards suggests the importance of spirituality in our life. There is also a sense that love is the real strength in life. She is not subduing the king of beasts with a lasso or with a gun. She is taming it with love not force. That is the message of the Strength card.
At least it is now.
When I first started reading cards I stood by the text book meanings. One of the books gave the definition as:
“Strength or Lust is about passion, living life, making love, playing games and sports. We have extra energy to do the things we want that are not about the basic necessities of life; earning money, finding food and shelter, etc. Nature has been tamed, but we still want to test ourselves, or test our abilities against others. Not having this energy, we shamble through life, having no interest beyond mere survival.”
There is nothing wrong with such a definition and it worked with me for awhile. But since that time I have grown and gotten closer to the cards. It means something deeper to me and my clients now. That is why I get upset with tarot readers who feel that they know everything about the cards. The cards are never done teaching us things. When we think we have learned everything there is to know they surprise us with a new revelation.
That is the meaning of the leniscate above her head: Spirituality is forever and so so is spiritual growth.