Why Introspection Matters

November 24th, 2016 § Comments Off on Why Introspection Matters § permalink

#9 The Hermit - Rider Waite Smith Tarot

When I first saw Why Introspection Matters as the title of the video below from the School of Life, I thought it might connect to concepts in Tarot’s Hermit card. And since the Hermit is very much about introspection, or knowing oneself, it is.

#8 Strength - Rider Waite Smith Tarot

However, this particular video more directly describes concepts connected with the Strength card, #8 (or #11 depending on which deck you’re using.) It shows clearly how the Lion and the Maiden (or in the case of the video, Androcles) can both be found within each of us, and why it’s a good idea to figure out how to tame our own wild side before we go bashing around trying to tame anyone else’s.

Take a look …

Creating Strength

December 15th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

#8 Strength from the Smith Rider Waite Tarot

As readers of this blog know, I regularly post pictures of graffiti images I come across that remind me of Tarot cards. I might even do so again tomorrow.

Today though, I’m posting a video I came across of Rone & Meggs actually creating graffiti that reminds me of a Tarot card – the Strength Card to be exact.

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The Hatch Cats and Strength

February 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Hatch Cats Hatch Show Print

Hatch Cats from Tennessee

I was recently the very happy recipient of a Hatch Show Print from Nashville, Tennessee.

As you can see, the delightful image features two cats sitting comfortably on a disk, held up on the back of a strong man.

In the bottom left corner is the word ‘Alive!’ with a sort of stylized lemniscate under it.

So many things about this picture have weirdly personal meaning for me, but I’m writing about it here because it reminds me so much of the Tarot card Strength.

#8 Strength from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot


As the woman in the card plays fearlessly with the lion, the strong man in the print almost effortlessly holds up the giant cats.

His strength comes from his deepest core and he uses it with mastery, not to mention a good dose of showmanship.

To live fully, or to be ‘Alive!’ is one of the messages in the Strength card, and the Hatch Cats are saying the same thing. And it’s a good thing to remember.

Maow and Huey are very smart felines. I’m glad to have them hanging on my Tarot Room wall.

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The Lion and the Little Girl

January 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

#8 Strength from the Rider Waite Smith Tarot


In the Rider Waite Smith Tarot, #8 is called Strength and shows a young maiden playing with a lion.

This card often represents the ability to connect our instincts with our intellect. It’s our wild side working under the command of our rational self.

Strength has a fiery power, but it’s in control, not tempestuous or raging. She’s sweet and innocent, yet determined, sure, and full of enthusiasm.

While watching the video below, I couldn’t help but think of the Strength card. The little girl and the lion are playing it out before our eyes.

With the help of a sturdy glass wall of course.

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