Through adversity or the process of rebalancing in life, we often find courage within ourselves that flows from an unknown source. Sometimes that courage has to do with facing an unpleasant but unavoidable truth or dealing with a person or problem that no amount of physical confrontation or emotional bravery will resolve. That is when the true, patient and resolute attributes of Strength come into play.
Strength, drawn from nature’s inherent power to renew and overcome all manner of disaster and climatic change, is what we must also have to foresee outcomes and wait upon the turning of the seasons.
Sometimes when faced with a challenging situation we must find our own inner back-stop, the point from which we will not retreat or from which we can move forward with quiet confidence.
The Greenwood ethos has much to teach humanity about calm, resolute Strength.
The Strength card concerns following what you feel is right for you, doing your true will. Society is not supportive of individual dedication to an unusual path, and incredible strength of heart is needed to stay on it.
If one’s initial impulse to follow your heart (Ancestor and Archer) has been lost by the pressures and attractions of everyday living, i.e. Lovers, Greenman/Woman, then Strength calls to your heart to rededicate your life. At this stage this might require sacrificing some aspect of it, which leads to the tensions in The Blasted Oak.
The spear of power (air) is balanced by the cup of compassion. This balance cannot be held for long. It is a card of fullness seeking release, a build up of energy that needs grounding, a thundery sky needing rain, passion, anger, pre-menstrual tension, pregnancy about to birth, ecstatic dance or trance that could become oracular, a harvest ready for picking.
It is not an easy energy to utilise yet when surrendered to produces ecstatic liberation that is both tenderness and wildness, a powerful creativity that can be used to transform your life into a dance of the heart.
Tamsin sat in the tiny house the Dryads and the grumpy old gnome has helped her build. Nothing they had tried had worked so far and Sylvia and her sisters continued to fade away. Time was growing short and Tamsin was getting very worried for her friends. She also was a tiny bit worried that if her mother heard about her failing to help the dryads her mom would make her go home. Anything but that!
So she started her desperate campaign. The dryads told her the Witch would dance in her garden at Spring Equinox because she had at the Autumn Equinox so she lay in wait with the gnome and Gus. She’d arranged for the dryads to come out and dance around her when the Witch danced.
The evening finally came and the Witch did come out and Sylvia and her sisters danced all around her sending cool breezes toward the Witch and the Witch still didn’t see them!
The Homer, the gnome was so mad he came out and kicked the Witch in her big toe and she never saw them even though as she jumped up and down on one foot they all came out and waved and yelled. Nothing! She sat down on her bench and tried to find the thorn in her toe.
The dryads continued to fade and summer was coming. She had one last chance, Beltane. If she couldn’t do it on that day it probably couldn’t be done. So Tamsin plotted one last try….