The background of this card is predominately yellow as in many other decks. A young woman is gently holding her hand on the lion's head. The lion is not fierce, but is subdued, and serene. The expression on the girls face is also one of serenity and confidence and inner resolve. Above the lion's head are several butterflies flying skyward.
In this card I have depicted a young woman, who, with the mere touch of her hand and the silent will from within, can sooth the savage beast, and render him as gentle as a newborn kitten. The Lion is an enigmatic symbol, representing, power, passion and strength, and is both physical and emotional. He can also represent out darker side.
The woman represents our inner strength, our abilities to overcome obstacles and blockages, curb our inner fears and irrational thoughts. To gain power over ourselves, through inner contemplation.
The butterflies above the lion's head, are a representation of the transformation taking place into spiritual awareness, flying away from the physical being.
True strength is not strength of the physical kind, but is of the kind that comes from within.
Overcome adversity, will power, self-esteem, balance, Spiritual power overcoming material power. A show of courage.
Reversed: Defeat. Lack of willpower. Feelings of inadequacy. Pessimism. Surrender to unworthy impulses. Tyranny. Concession. Inability to act. Power wrongly used, weakness.
Soft Conte Pastels chalks were used on drawing paper. Title was added in Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Majecot has been studying the Tarot for about eight years, after having been introduced to it by her best friend. She has a small collection of tarot decks and has had an ongoing love affair with stones and crystals since she was a small child. Her other hobbies include a variety of domestic arts (cooking not being one). Majecot lives in the Midwest United States and works in Public Safety.
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