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Author's Note:
The 8th card of the modern Major Arcana of the Tarot and 9th in this series is STRENGTH, which has been a long time in waiting due to an electronic highway modem-jacking. The usual image is of a refined woman seated and holding the jaws of a fox. The Mythic Tarot shows Hercules in a cave wrestling with the Nemean Lion. This tends to indicate brute strength whereas the more traditional cards depict a controlled inner strength. The usual divinatory meaning is of strength, courage and self-discipline with the potential for victory and mastery of life. This card gave me some trouble as three ideas vied for attention. One was of a downtrodden woman finding the strength and courage to leave an abusive husband. Another was of a child suffering a hair lip and cleft palate who must find the inner strength to face the slings and arrows of school-yard taunts. The third is the one I went with as it was the first and also the one I kept returning to as it was the lightest and most fun to play with. The trouble I felt with this piece is that it focuses on the self-discipline aspect and not so much the courage. Eventually I may return to add those other two ideas to round out my interpretation of Strength.


She teases and twirls a renegade bleached blond tress
Short sheathed in a shimmering quicksilver mini-dress
Swashbuckling curves on a figure-hugging contour quest
Baring booty bodacious of a Silicon City treasure chest

She teeters and totters on spiked stiletto stilts
Hi-octane tan tone from toe-tip to hip hilt
Firm flexed calves slice a pure diamond swathe
Rippling quarter-horse thews quake and quiver with each pace

Gun-Metal-Gray eyes strafe the row of barflies
Cutlass gleaming gaze crosses blades with my sighs
Botox bolstered smile bright as pearl handled knives
Empty cocktail glass appeal and Collagen lip service lines

Glittering gold finger-band on my port signal hand
Ringing reminder of oaths by which I must verily stand
So I posed her this question as my mind dwelt on my wife
“Have you accepted our Lord Jesus into your life?”

She then sauntered away with an immaculate sway
The centre of attention for every man in this play
Supremely suited to grace any grand old stage
Hairless triggers itch for the Gun-Metal-Gray

* * *

Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

Black Elk

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The following comments are for "Strength"
by Smithy

Thanks again guys. It is always reassuring and a bonus to have your input because you take time to discuss and highlight those aspects which stood out to you. I wanted the woman to be seen as strong, physcially and mentally, rather than her physical alterations being a weakness for vanity.

I must confess, Bob, that I'm not married so a moral decision like this hasn't ever burdened me. I don't know how quick-witted I would actually be myself, not very, I would imagine, given past experiences.

Now you're way beyond me there Lilia with the M-thoery. I don't know if I have heard of it by another name or if it is something else I don't know about. I haven't read those guys, so I'll have to investigate and find out about it.

Much thanks and respect

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