8. Strength

The strength of your inner beast. This is not your muscle mass or density. Where the Magician card channelled your ideas from above. Here, the Strength card channels your instincts and primal beast – from below.

Either energy, on the excessive or forced can create an inflated ego. That is: impressing yourself into the world, rather simply just ‘being’ yourself. The Chariot’s action, confidence and drive stirred this animalistic ferocity and power.

The fearless grace in the Strength card, alludes that: being overwhelmed, all consumed, loosing all control and any sense of direction… is not channelling your creative ferocity and power.

Here, with a compassionate love, she neither rejects nor submits to her beast. This is a simple owning and expressing your artistic self and your gut instincts. 

Journal Prompts

Personify your artistic ferocity and gumption into a beast…  

What is the beast? Is it real, mythical or extinct? Describe it’s character. Where might you encourage it’s power? How does it’s unyielding hunger energise and motivate you?

Or, if personification is not your thing: When do you feel most bad arse, confident and invincible – in the studio or as an artist?

Self Portrait Prompt

Yourself as your inner beast (real, mythical or extinct).

Image Credits

Illustrations from the Borderless Smith Waite Tarot Deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. The Smith-Waite Tarot deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Photographed by me.