Strength to Hold the Reins

Going through my Tarot deck yesterday, I got to thinking about the change that occurs as we move from The Chariot (7) to Strength (8). It is like a point of no return; we have left our innocence behind for good.

With the Chariot we first discover our dark, or shadow, side, but it is a mild encounter and we are easily able to restore the balance using what we have learned previously (The Magician through The Lovers). But when we reach Strength, our self confidence has been shaken. We need to learn to trust ourselves again. We can still benefit from the lesson we have learned, but we also know that it is time to set out on a new path inwards, shown by The Hermit.

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