Meditating on Strength in Spite of it All

Let’s talk about strength. This has been an incredibly intense week for all of us. I didn’t think it was possible that Donald Trump would get elected. Not only that, but bigoted politicians have swept all levels of government – including state and national congress.

Off the bat, I need to qualify this blog post: It won’t be beautifully worded. It won’t be perfect. In many ways I’m still processing and formulating my thoughts, and while it’s difficult to share the mess that’s going on inside of me, I don’t want to be silent.

If you are a person of color, I see you. You matter.
If you are Muslim, I see you. You matter.
If you are chronically ill or disabled, I see you. You matter.

If you are a queer person, I recognize you. We’re family. 

My friends of color are already being targeted and attacked in public – in the name of our President. I’ve been invited to multiple meetings and community spaces this week to plan the resistance. I’m holding my friends as they panic and try to figure out their survival. I’m considering how to engage with my family members that voted for Trump – how to show them that for myself most of the people I hold dear, this election signals that we are in danger.

Before I can do that important work, I need to regain strength.

In times like this, I develop a fear of my tarot cards. I don’t know what it is that keeps me away from them. Perhaps it’s fear of what I’ll see. I feel overwhelmed and don’t want to complicate my reality. Then I remind myself that the cards can bring clarity.

And that’s when I pull the one card I know I need to meditate on.

Right now: I need strength.

So I pulled the strength card from every tarot deck I own.

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From top left to bottom right: Arthurian Legend Tarot, Aquarian Tarot, Rider-Waite-Smith, Japaridze Tarot, and the Cosmos Tarot.

Arthurian Tarot: This version of Strength reminds me that strength is a journey. That it takes a deep vision. That there is creativity in strength.

Aquarian Tarot: This Aquarian Tarot is here to get me to suit up. It tells me that I already have the tools I need.

Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot: Strength is not only about warfare – it can also be about being gentle with ourselves and taming those things which would harm us.

Japaridze Tarot: You must dive deep. You must fall into the greatest depths and when you land, your friend Strength will be there to help you climb back out.

Cosmos Tarot: This card reminds me that Strength is a journey. You might still hold fear within yourself. The waters can be difficult – and there will be setbacks. Strength isn’t just a feeling: it’s an action.

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The card that jumps out to me the most from this roundup is from the Cosmos deck. When I meditate on this card, I learn that strength is a journey. That it’s a choice I can make. That the waters may be difficult, that it will take me time to find my voice, to find my strength, but it is through action that I can find that voice. It is through making decisions every day that we can find our strength. Use the internal compass to decide what feels right, and take at least one action every day that makes you feel strong.

And if that decision is that you need to spend some time seriously thinking about strategy and how best to move forward? That’s ok.

Take care of yourselves. I love you, and I’m here to support you.

If you want someone to talk to, someone to support you, please never hesitate to email me: abbie@northernlightswitch.org.


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  1. November 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm

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