Today’s card from The Enchanted Map Oracle Deck is Strength. Oh what an awesomely lovely card! I love this! It has great power in it; strength and power but which comes not only from ourselves but the Universe too. Here’s what the book says about it:
Your true strength comes not from self-reliance alone, but from a sincere faith in a higher power. The strength to accomplish even the most daunting tasks is yours at this time. You can connect with and channel the power of the universe. The Strength card indicates that your ideas are being tested and refined and your relationships are being deepened. No matter what happens, nothing can move you off the course of evolution. As the potency of your connections becomes more obvious, you’re able to harness the creative energies that are available to you.
Have courage and dive in, for magic is in the process of finding a form to take. When you remember that real strength comes from a combination of your efforts and reliance on a higher power working through you, all is possible. you can do anything now.
Whether or not we are aware of it or not, the Universe always works with us – always for our benefit. Sometimes the lessons it teaches us are not to our liking but we need to remember that it is our ego that does the not liking. The Universe knows what is beneficial to us even before we are truly aware of it. Sometimes the lessons we have to learn are hard and painful but always culminate in our growth if we allow them to. We are continually changing and evolving and it is the Universe that makes this happen. As humans, on our own, we are puny and our strength is limited. However, once we allow the Universe in and allow it to work through us, our strength is boundless and can move mountains. The truth is we are not alone – whether you perceive the Higher Power as a single God, many Gods and Goddesses, a Goddess, Nature, or whatever…the truth is there is a universal energy that surrounds us and permeates us, in fact all things. It does not matter what you call this higher power, that is individual to you, but the fact is that once we allow that higher power to channel itself through us our lives take on a different meaning. I’m not talking about being ‘religious’ here because I think religion is a man-made construct. Having a belief in a higher power is not man-made….it just IS!
Have you ever experienced synchronicity? Those moments and events that are more than just coincidence? For example, you might be discussing something with a friend and blow me down, the very next day you receive something, or hear something, that just reinforces what you were discussing? Or you were thinking of an old friend and they phone you? Or you had an important bill to pay but had no money to pay it, then suddenly you get a refund from the tax man? Things always happen for a reason, even if you cannot figure out that reason straight away. Well that’s the Universe working with you and for you. By opening your self up to the Universe and all possibilities you allow synchronicity to work in your life and those events become more frequent. Recognising synchronicity is very powerful and gives us the strength to carry on. Then we realise we are not alone, we don’t have to struggle on our own strength but the Universe is there imbuing us with its own strength and power – and how awesomely magnificent is that!