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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

Tarot for December 6th, 2016: Strength

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Today’s Tarot card is the 9 of Wands (Strength).

The 9 of Wands falls within the realm of the Sun in Sagittarius, and since we are currently in the second decanate of Sagittarius, we are in the heart of the Sun in Sagittarius season.  Nine being a number associated with completion, there is encouragement to take the ideals that we are awakened to by Sagittarius and run with them, and then get ready to build on them when we enter Capricorn season with the Winter Solstice on December 21st.

Winter can be a time of testing, a time when the weak and sick are thinned from the herd in the natural world.  The Sagittarius season at the beginning of winter is a time when we bolster ourselves with shared beliefs and ideals, shared customs and cultural rituals, shared camaraderie with friends and family and even strangers joined together by the merry-making of the season.  Now is the time when we build up the strength of faith in our ability to make it through the long, dark winter ahead.  Now is the time when we enjoy the warmth of connection in order to shut out the cold.

In the Thoth deck version of this card, both Sun and Moon are represented on the central arrow, uniting male and female, and both active and reflective principles.  Spiritual unity is called for here, and there is the intimation that recent periods of fear and uncertainty are to be followed by victory.  Spirit is backing us up here, the Divine aligned with the Personal in order to bring about the best possible outcome.  Now is a time for healing, and strengthening ourselves, for we may yet have to make a great application of strength to get through the times ahead, but our strength and faith and courage will get us through.

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