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Jim Ventura's Creative Spirituality

Jim Ventura is an author, radio show host, and navigational consultant who has knowledge and practical expertise in working with a number of different types of Oracles (Tarot, Runes, Angel cards, Astrology, Numerology, etc...). He helps his clients and readers to see how the use of oracles can assist us in tuning into the messages from the Universe/Higher Self. Oracles are not only an excellent way to gain insight, but their use may also sharpen our intuitive abilities. Oracles infuse artistry and universal archetypal patterns together to trigger an awakening of the beneficial directional forces that exist both inside and outside of ourselves. Jim is the author of a monthly column called Snake Oil and is available (by appointment) for personal navigational consultations. More information about Jim's services can be found at his website: http://JimVentura.com.

Working with oracles can remind us of the amazing synchronicity that exists in this world. Whether you believe that a card or symbol chosen "randomly" is specifically meant for you or if its wisdom could apply to anyone at some level, we still can benefit by tuning into the wisdom of many different types of oracles. Each month I will discuss the message of a different oracle. Consider contemplating how this months symbol might apply to your life. See if tuning into this archetype through meditation can help you understand how both the positive and "negative" aspects of this month's oracle may apply to your past, present, or future.

The Tarot

For many people, the Tarot is seen as a tool that psychics and fortune tellers use to read peoples fortunes. Some people with more cynical and skeptical perspectives often see it as a "scam" device to take peoples money. Yet, any serious study of the Tarot will bring one to an increased awareness of how much insight this Oracle can truly give us. There are 22 major Arcana cards and 56 minor Arcana cards in a Tarot deck. The Major Arcana illustrate the universal archetypes we all experience at different points in our lives. The minor Arcana focus more on specific details of day to day life. The artwork of the Tarot can help us to see and understand the symbolism of what these archetypes tell us. Whether a card is upright or reversed also adds another aspect to consider.


Major Arcana card number eight is the Strength symbol (Some Tarot decks have this card numbered eleven and the Justice Archetype in this position). The number 8 in Numerology refers to power, mastery, and achievement. The image shows a woman calmly petting a red lion. The image conveys the feminine power to overcome "the beast." She uses her calming, serene, unshakable, power of understanding and gentleness to quiet her lion. The red lion symbolizes anger, fear, phobia's, and other negative feelings and behaviors. It represents that base part of ourselves that may at times help but usually hinders us. The infinity symbol above her head reminds us that the use of spiritual wisdom and practical patience can overcome the darker parts of ourselves and others. The power of kindness and the love principal can overcome negativity. The Strength imagery reminds us of what true Strength really is.

Strength upright.

The Strength card in its upright position suggests that we are learning how to be strong, spiritual, kind, and wiser. We are no longer allowing anger and emotional or brute force to be the way we deal with difficulties. Situations within us or triggers from people and situations outside in the world will often test us. We may be finding ourselves encountering old battles that may even be dressed in "new clothing." The Strength archetype suggests we are coming into contact with the wise, calm part of ourselves that can overcome base emotion and reactions to others that may have previously robbed us of our sense of peace. We no longer allow others to "push our buttons." While we may have the power and the "right" to strike back and react, we have become patient and peaceful both internally and externally. We direct our willful nature toward acts of kindness and generosity. We treat others as we wish to be treated. A new respect, understanding, and peaceful perspective becomes a part of our life-path. The Strength card shows goals achieved by taking the "high road." The seeker encounters a more advanced form of personal power. Confidence, a healthy body, mind, and the strength to overcome any difficulties are now part of the seeker's life. Also part of the seeker's life are leading by example, wisdom, kindness, understanding, and strength of character.

Strength reversed.

When the Strength card falls reversed, the seeker has allowed internal and external "demons" to unhinge them. A lack of understanding, selfishness, judgement, and anger surface. The temptation to strike back is fueled by anger. Violence may be part of the current situation. The seeker may use bullying tactics, or be a victim of such tactics. There may be a weakness in standing up to abuse. We see an imbalance of healthy self-protection by either excessive anger and resentment or ineffectiveness. Misunderstanding, miscommunication, thoughtless actions from others push the seeker to either plot or act with vengeance. An internal lack of self-love and martyrdom has created a pool of anger and hostility. Perceived or actual manipulation from others triggers angry responses. Internal self-doubt and toxic feelings pollute the seeker. A need for self-love, acceptance, and to "not take this world personally," is necessary to find peace. Developing healthy boundaries that do not need to be "fought over" is the key to experiencing harmony again.

Jim Ventura 8-2011

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