Direct Your Desires With “Strength” – Key 8

How can we realize our desires? This was the focus for  the  “Ten Minute Tarot”  Facebook Live session on Thursday, August 17, at 9:15 p.m.  The session served as preparation for this  Sunday’s broadcast of “Charting Your Course” on Revolution Radio at

Strength – Key 8, which will be discussed on Sunday’s broadcast,   provides a secret to success in our endeavors.   Paul Foster Case in “The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages”  suggests that we must decide “(1) TO WILL; (2) TO KNOW ; (3) TO DARE; (4) TO BE SILENT.  But what exactly does that mean? This statement has also been associated with the Sphinx which sits on the plaza of the Pyramids of Giza.

If we compare similarities between Strength-Key 8 and the Magician-Key 1, we can begin to decipher this secret.  Red — the color of desire — is predominant  in both keys.  The Magician wears a red cloak over a white tunic in Key 1, while The Lion is red in Key 8 —  In Key 8 the woman in white — which represents purity — directs the mouth of The Lion, indicating we must direct our desires.

In  Key 1 we see The Magician standing beside a table with a wand, a cup, a sword and a coin or pentacle. These are the tools to be used by the Magician to manifest his desires. Everything in our world is composed of the four elements of fire, water, air and earth.  In tarot these four elements are represented by the tools on the Magician’s table.

Case explains that, “In practical, every-day life, the implements of the Magi- cian are the four life-essentials: light (wand), water (cup), air (sword) and food (pentacle). The combination of these life-essentials in proper order and proportions is the task of every practical occultist. ”  [Please note that the word “occult” simply means “hidden” — so from a mystical point of view, the occultist is one who seeks to discover the hidden secrets of nature and the invisible worlds.

These four tools on the Magician’s table, also represent your human facilities, that can be effectively developed to assist you with discovering and implementing your mission in lifetime. You have abilities and talents, you have yet to discover. Don’t doubt it!

The wand — the fire element — represents our desires.  We must identify what we truly want in this world.  We must select a desire to focus our attention on and then proceed to set this desire on fire with action!  We must be determined “To Will”  ourselves to take action to realize this desire.

The cup —  the water element — represents our emotions, which so often prevents us from even trying to fulfill our desires.  We sometimes feel we’re not smart enough, or talented enough, or  creative enough, or we don’t know enough. And those feelings stop us, before we can even start.  We must be determined “To Know” from the depths of our hearts are we are worthy and blessed by Divinity with gifts we  often, out of fear, fail to acknowledge.

The sword — the air element — represents our thoughts. We must decide “To Dare” — to challenge ourselves to “think” that we can indeed accomplish what may seem momentarily impossible. We must research,  acquire new skills, and make a plan, or in some other way prepare ourselves to chart our course toward our desire.

The pentacle — the earth element — represents our need for what I call “Cosmic Confidence”. We must surrender to the call “To Be Silent” — to “listen” to that still small voice. It  knows all and can provide the direction we so desperately need, when we embark on a daunting adventure. It is in The Silence that secrets are revealed. Observe that The Magician stands in silence, making himself a conduit, calling on that which is above, to bring it down to that which is below.

Experiment this formula:

TO WILL: Fire up your desire! Seek out what, who and where you find inspiration.  That should help you begin to identify what you truly love in life and guide you closer to how you can identify the channel through which you can express that desire.

TO KNOW: Reflect upon your true feeling, so you “know” where you stand within your own emotional domain.

TO DARE:  Dare yourself to dream, to give yourself permission to go where you have never gone before in your heart, mind and spirit.

TO BE SILENT: Seek wisdom in The Silence.  Schedule time to “date” Divinity — to spend quality time with the one who gives you magic and motion.  It can be through prayer, through song, through journaling, through dancing, studying scriptures or simply by taking a meditative walk through nature.

This mystical approach to tarot, allows you to chart our course, to determine our own destiny, based on our astrological blueprint.  Each key in the 22 keys of the Major Arcana (the first  22 cards out of the 78 card deck) is assigned an astrological sign.  The Strength card is designated for Leo, which applies to those born July 21 – August 21.  President Barack Obama was a Leo — clearly a communicator manifesting that talent both in speaking and writing.

Many people feel that they come into this life with no talent or special gifts, as if they’re just thrown off a cliff with no support.  But in truth, we all come here equipped with possibilities. In the Rosicrucian Ontology, an approach to the study of existence, the soul does not enter until  the first breath is taken and Man becomes a living soul. We come down into the Earth Plane of existence, bringing with us our past life experiences. And we know before we get here, but then spend the rest of our lives trying to remember what we signed on to be doing.

The Sage Tarot Deck , created by artist and tarot reader Sage Lee, a Readers Studio  Alumnus, shows the Fool descending confidently from heights above with his gaze locked on a target.  It is an image that may resonate with many of us, contemplating the process of coming to the Earth with a mission.  We are born carrying with us tools to work with.  A white rose, representing purified desires, floats beside the falling, yet confident, Fool. And the briefcase with the Eye of Ra emblazoned upon it, represents the sum total of experiences from  past lives.  The hour and geographical location of our birth, serves as our portal of entry, shaping our personality, talents, strengths and weaknesses.

This is the reason astrology has always been studied by those aspirants seeking to explore the sacred mysteries.  And any adult, can look at their blueprint and ascertain the presence of truth in their astrological profile.

If you’ve never had your chart done by an astrologer, you can get a free one at Cafe Astrology, which provides a very detailed analysis, which could offer you some powerful insight. It is, in a sense, our instruction manual that can assist us in effectively and efficiently living our lives.  Once we become aware of our strengths and weaknesses, then we can better navigate around  dangerous areas and shore up our weak spots, thus charting a more successful course.

Tune in to my Facebook Live  on Friday, August 18 at 9:15 p.m. (Eastern Time), for a discussion on how to further refine realizing your desires, utilizing the Tree of Life as a chart to help guide you through your adventure of defining,  refining and your fulfilling your desires.

The Tree of Life is a blueprint of the process of creation.  And we can use that same blueprint in the process of creating the life we desire. Don’t forget to tune in this Friday, August 18th at 9: 15 p.m., Eastern Time, on my Facebook Live .




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