Anna K Tarot (Llewellyn, 2013), we have the beautiful Strength (numbered XI in this deck).
I love the softness of the woman's gaze as she appears to stroke the lion's neck, and the way the lion rests a paw on her leg. While the lion bears its teeth at her, it also keeps it's claws sheathed, and accepts her touch. The woman holds a chain around the lion's throat, which I like a lot less. Still, sometimes we need to keep a tight rein on our more brutish instincts. Overall, this card gives me a sense of warmth, of kindness, and a gentle taming of different aspects of ourselves, rather than a dismissal or harsh suppressing of them.
I wonder what parts of myself I might need to tame today? Impatience, perhaps, or even a bit of fear... We have an appointment with the obstetrician this afternoon, and even though everything seems to be going fine, I've realised again recently how many worries I have around giving birth. Natural, I guess, given how things went with Big Boy, but something I definitely need to get a handle on, without beating myself up for having these feelings.
I am grateful for loving support in dealing with my fears.