The Strength: the Beauty and the Beast, the Woman and the Primitive, the Human and the Animal within. She appears to be gentle and almost fragile and yet she is closing the animal’ mouth. Her eyes are locked with the lion’s one. Her gentle but firm posture shows how confident she is. She does not recognise the beast but rather see the shadow self that is about to be accepted and embraced. The fare hair, the white shirt and the wreath of spring flowers refer to the purity of the spirit. The feminine is combined with the sign of the infinity above her head. The same sign is to be found in the card of the Magician as they are both masters: The Magician is the master of all four elements, and the Strength is a master of her own animal instincts and she is in control of her own weakness.
She uses care, love and sweetness to tame the beast. The lion has its tail between its legs, but not in fear but with understandings and gratitude towards her. He knows that she will not take his life but rather invite him to follow her on the journey.
The red lion is the masculinity and the white dress of the woman is the symbolic representation of femininity, and just like in ,,real,, life the gentle giving nature of women, tames the fearful and possessive nature of men. And so the balance is found even for a short while.
To overpower anything in life one does not need strength on the physical level, but most of all need the strength of the spirit and the mind.
The story of the Strength: Recognising duality, embracing the shadow.
Sitting on a throne, all dressed in red, wearing a crown, but he is no King or Tsar. His right hand has three of its fingers crossed, ready to give blessings. In his left hand, he holds a golden sceptre, a symbol of power. He is the earthly element, he is also the voice of your body-wisdom, and he is the wise old man and your deep inner intuitive all-knowing knowledge at the same time. He is the builder of bridges between here and there. He comes in moments of need; he is the sign of God to you, to assure you one more time, you are not alone. He is the guidance, he is the messenger and he is the Words of the Spirits when you need them most. He comes in your dream to bring you a message of divine love.
He is the archetype of the Wise man, he is your better you. He is the leader and the unexpected synchronicity in your life.
The keys for the truth are in his feet, as he does not need them as with just one glaze he reads the meanings and reveal the hidden places at once. He is the guardian of the Eleusinian mysteries and the Mysteries of the Universe.
Ask and he will bring you answers, pray and he will bring you help, love him and he will open the doors to your inner gardens of Spirituality and your true self.
The story of the Hierophant: The Bridge between the Worlds
In the glory of abundance, she is blooming in flowers, fruit and richness. She is the Feminine and the motherhood of creativity and harvest. She is pregnant with meanings and endless paths of attaining. She is the Woman of plenty. The eleven stars are the mastery of giving and manifesting. The right-hand blessing and bringing into shape all that it is desired. She is heavy with it ALL. Her breasts are full of the milk of the abundant minds and souls. She feeds the world with hope, songs and generosity. The bright and warm yellow is there to show there is no place for cold and sadness to thrive around her. She gives and gives love and passion, babies and ideas. Water is flowing, greenery is juicing, the softness of the surroundings are inviting for taking as much as you want. Abundant Creativity: The three is her number in the deck and refer to the trinity of the family: the mother, the father and the child. It is the dynamic creativity of the birth and the connection of the family.
The answers lie between the left and right, between the black and white, between the shadow and the light. Between Boaz and Jachin, the power elements of the unseen, a Woman sitting at the open doors of the gardens of abundance. The door appeared to be open, but it is not open to all. There is a task to be done, there is a riddle to be solved, and there is wisdom to be released. The Woman is not a woman at all, but the reflection of the Skies and the Godly ideas to the Earth. The blue is the veil of mystery, the secrets of the Tora and the Moon tenderness and illusionary realm in her feet, the dreamlike state of the subconscious and the fading contour of the reality. The fruit of knowledge is in front of you and at the same time unreachable entirely because the moment we concentrate on the lines and our desire to grasp it, we are forever lost and always denied the taste of it. It is only in the state of floating when our glowing body detaches from the heaviness of the material and it can sense the beauty of the knowledge that has been hidden until now. Close your eyes to see, cover your ears to hear, and stop your mind from rolling around to feel that as above, so below. The blueprint of your soul is the subconscious, which leads you on this world’s journey.
An upright figure. The I. The Thought. The Light of a Being. This is the Big bang. The Creation stage in which the immense energy burst into a THING, someTHING, anyTHING. This is the Vertical that connects us to the Creator. There are Four main elements. That is the Philosopher Stone has turned the Light into Materia Prima. The magus is here to let us know that the first step is taken. The journey has begun. The child was born and the thought had landed into the body. The spirit has been trapped into a small vessel with no prior memories of its immortal soul. This is the ordinary world full of wonders. The Magician in us is the instinct we carry with us all our lives and barely use. The magician is the red of the action and deep-rooted survival motor. He is here to challenge us to manifest whatever we want. He has placed all of his tools and all of the elements that are ready for him to use during his journey. He is connected to the divine and he is standing firmly onto the ground under his feet. He simply IS. And that is the real miracle of creation. He is the transformed idea into the Fifth element. He is a piece of the Grand mirror of Adam Kadmon. He shows us the way of the thought to follow: from the small to the big, from the macro to the micro, from down to up. It is the I in the Eye of the All-seeing inner eye of the soul left as a seed in our own little garden of Vision. This is the Magician.