As with other Tarot cards, Strength speaks of balance achieved between two seemingly opposing forces. This can refer to a situation, other people, conflict within yourself, or any combination of the three. Master the beast by employing the Strength you have inside you: confidence, composure, benevolence, power, and creativity.
This is the dawn that follows the darkest of nights; the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Hidden talents might surface, deceits may be revealed, and synchronicities may appear everywhere. The Sun appears to remind you to not let anything – or anyone – diminish your spirit; the radiance emanating from within you.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us… Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson
The Ace of Skulls is one of the most beautiful cards in the Tarot of Vampyres. Roses in shades of purple (my favorite color, next to black) dance around the skull of a vampyre. This skull is decorated with metal which has been shaped into loose coils and large spirals, purple gemstones (one being an upside-down heart positioned over the sixth chakra), and a large pentagram gracing the frontal lobe region. (I’m getting ideas for some new jewelry designs…)
n. (in Indian thought) each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number
Did you notice the symbol beneath the pentagram? It looks like a variant of the dyet (Latin “d” with stroke), although it may have Arabic roots. Since the artist’s last name is Daniels, perhaps this was his way of incorporating a signature into the card (perhaps he’s an Earth sign?).
(Also known as the Root of the Powers of Earth, the Ace of Pentacles is representative of material force, endurance and power, and emotional stability.)
Aces point to new beginnings; and Pentacles are symbolic of the element of Earth and material things. Together they portend of financial and material prosperity and abundance. This may manifest itself in the form of new business opportunities or financial support coming from an unexpected source. To help you stay grounded, the Ace of Pentacles suggests you focus on the natural world around you. In relationships, money is definitely an important consideration in the deciding factor.
Drawing the 10 of Swords can also point to one’s personal drive toward self-realization (rebirth-renewal-regeneration).
n. fulfillment of one’s own potential