The Woodward, from the Wildwood Tarot, presents a version of the Strength card that I absolutely love. Rather than a woman taming a lion, we have a fierce-looking hunter joining a lynx. The whole card has a feel that is not tame, but rather suggests comrades-in-arms, support of and embracing that which is wild. It makes me think of the poem Inversnaid, by Gerard Manley Hopkins (a poem I had to memorize for Introduction to Poetry class with Professor Franz Schneider, at Gonzaga University back in 1987!):
Rather than tell you what this means to me, I’d like to instead ask:
- What that is wild will you embrace in 2016?
- How will you support and nurture the wilderness outside?
- How will you support and nurture the wilderness inside you?