Joie de Vivre Tarot (U.S. Games, 2011) is certainly introducing itself with a bang!
For this second draw, I am greeted by Strength. A lion with wings and a heart-tipped tail stands on a tree branch, allowing a winged, flower-crowned woman to pet him. The lion, with dainty little fangs showing, seems to be leaning into the woman's caress and yet I'm unsure whether his gaze is loving or predatory. And perhaps that's as it should be: if the lion were completely tame, he would not hold up his side of the Strength equation!
He is all fiery energy, from his colours to his sun pendant, physically powerful and driven by his urges. Meanwhile she is calm and light, with a moon-like face and a crescent moon on her dress, reflective and nurturing. Acknowledging both aspects of our nature, and the spectrum in between, allows us to tap into our full potential, our strength.
Today we're planning a family walk in the autumnal sunshine. Perhaps I'll need to tap into my strength as we work on boundaries with Big Boy...
I am grateful for the acknowledgement that I don't just have to behave in one way all the time, that I can be a mutlitfaceted person and still be me.