Force: Wrangling Lions

The card of the day is FORCE.

force

Even though you might not know it yet, you are actually in a position of strength. This card explores the feminine approach to power, and encourages you to consider a soft, persuasive, and strategic approach to solve your problems.

Traditional tarot decks show a sophisticated and feminine woman taming an unruly lion by using a gentle touch, in the distance there is a lion hunter ready to attack at a moments notice. What the woman knows that the lion tamer does not, is that her greatest strengths are her compassion and patience; by using a non-threatening approach she is able to turn a volatile situation to her favor.

The appearance of this card tells me you might have to wrangle a lion or two to achieve your goal, but if you show patience with yourself and those around you, you will succeed. If you are presented with a lion – don’t run away, don’t attack – cajole.

What does the lion represent to you? Do you have an impatient or impetuous beast in your midst who is trying to force your hand?  Or, is the beast a part of yourself that you are trying to master? What do you achieve by communicating with compassion and patience? What do you achieve by using a non-threatening approach to handle the situation?

I welcome you to share your lion wrangling moments in the comments section below!

Two of Swords: Silence is not acquiesce

The card of the day is the TWO OF SWORDS.

two of swords

Peace, man. Agreeing to disagree. I like you, for now. A storm is a-brewin’.

You may have reached a point in an argument where you both need to take a break. You are not saying that you are right or the other person is right, but you’ve both reached a place in the argument where you are tired and you’ve decided to stop actively casting stones. That’s a good thing, right? Circular arguments can be especially draining; this breather might be what is needed so you can both explore a better communication strategy. Remember that no resolution is possible until a commitment is made to having a real conversation; the ability to listen is key – effective listening. Remember to listen more than you speak during this conversation. Silence is not acquiesce. 

Some questions to think about:

Who is pushing your buttons?

What are you reacting to?

What decision are you putting off until tomorrow?

How are you closer to a resolution by deciding not to act?