8 Fortitude (Strength)
(Sun/Mars) Feelings of self worth and Love, notoriety and fame, confidence and strength, desires and sexuality, renowned figures.
The dreamer, held in the watchful care of her guiding spirit, beholds the vision of the constellation of Leo, the lion – Caitlín Matthews
On several versions of this image in the Tarot we find a lady with a lion and there is a great deal of controversy over whether she is opening or closing the mouth of the lion. It appears to me that she is showing her fearlessness by opening the lions mouth as a gesture of mutual trust.
Symbolically you can take this as representing the stage in the spiritual journey where you have found the elusive hidden strength within, a spiritual strength that everyone has inside and you can now begin to act from that place of inner strength that was previously unobtainable. Becoming attuned with the mysteries and wisdom of the past will give you a much broader perspective from which to tread your unique path.
Considering the astrological sign of Leo the lion, which is also attributed to this image, and consider those ancestors who once gazed upon the constellation of leo, coming from a different time but awaiting the rediscovery of their secrets and wisdom. – Excerpt from the forthcoming Initiates Way by Jade M
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