Force: Wrangling Lions

The card of the day is FORCE.

Even though you might not know it yet, you are actually in a position of strength. This card explores the feminine approach to power, and encourages you to consider a soft, persuasive, and strategic approach to solve your problems.

Traditional tarot decks show a sophisticated and feminine woman taming an unruly lion by using a gentle touch, in the distance there is a lion hunter ready to attack at a moments notice. What the woman knows that the lion tamer does not, is that her greatest strengths are her compassion and patience; by using a non-threatening approach she is able to turn a volatile situation to her favor.

The appearance of this card tells me you might have to wrangle a lion or two to achieve your goal, but if you show patience with yourself and those around you, you will succeed. If you are presented with a lion – don’t run away, don’t attack – cajole.

What does the lion represent to you? Do you have an impatient or impetuous beast in your midst who is trying to force your hand?  Or, is the beast a part of yourself that you are trying to master? What do you achieve by communicating with compassion and patience? What do you achieve by using a non-threatening approach to handle the situation?

I welcome you to share your lion wrangling moments in the comments section below!

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5 of Wands: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The card of the day is the 5 OF WANDS.

Can’t we all just get along? Are you with me or against me? The walls have ears.

Some people you work with will never recognize or acknowledge your effort or achievements. So be it. You know you are working hard, so just continue to put your best foot forward and be as civil as you can be when you are working with others as part of a team. If you work with someone who likes to talk smack about other team members, do not engage in the gossip (even if you have something to contribute). It’s good to land somewhere in the middle, Switzerland.

My advice is to: Smile, know when to stay silent, and hold your head up high.

Be sure to document all of your project achievements by making sure your portfolio, resume, and list of recommendations are all up to date. Maybe you need to let your manager know what a good job you’ve been doing ( if that person doesn’t already know). Take comfort in the fact that at least you have the skills to handle your piece of the puzzle, even if others do not.