Dark Moon Musing: A Survey of Inner Strengths

July 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Internal steadfastness, personal power, and endurance of the heart—all alluded to in the Strength card—are, for me at least, strange concepts to write about plainly. 

 

They possess a sort of introspection and self-reliance that doesn’t easily translate to what I might consider *normal sentences.  That’s the thing about these inner strengths—they’re often complicated, less obvious, even contradictory; they are less about forcing one’s will, and more about seeing an obstacle or a struggle clearly, and facing it with a gentle awareness of process. 

 

Whatever you are enduring—know that you are strong, keep doing your work as best you can, and be kind.   

 

We’ve been told a lot of things

 

about strength, and what it means—

 

the dictionary

 

asserts firstly the quality of being

 

“physically strong”

 

sites the “capacity of an object

 

to withstand great force or pressure.”

 

Sure, that bulk of body

 

that muscle of mind is mighty

 

but what about the other kinds?

 

The unconventional,

 

the deep down, the inside,

 

the non-societal, anti-patriarchal;

 

the culmination,

 

the audacity of juxtaposed harmony?

 

Gentle (and firm)

 

soft (and solidified)

 

passionate (and tempered).

 

We’ve been told a lot of things

 

about persevering

 

of pulling up and out and through

 

the pain while pushing forward;

 

we’ve been told about the fight

 

and the force and the ferocity,

 

about the beast and its teeth

 

and the war and the winning. 

 

But little

 

of the quiet,

 

the subtle, the slowly,

 

the teeming, ebullient courage,

 

the silent swarm of growls

 

behind our sternums;

 

little of the forceless,

 

the sitting with inside. 

 

Don’t you think it’s time

 

to name the ways our strength

 

is spirit-embedded, is seeping, is small?

 

Name the strength that is acknowledging

 

that is aware of itself

 

that knows its necessity, its essence,

 

that is therefore humble

 

that reserves itself

 

that converses with its own vitality

 

that does not need another thing to see its shape

 

that is itself enough, its breadth of being.

 

Name the strength that’s always been there

 

all the nights you were collapsed

 

with all the hearts that have been flayed to ribbons

 

every time you’ve gripped and reeled and grappled

 

with the very thing that has drained you

 

has dragged you to your weakest.

 

Name the strength that keeps you safe

 

in battles waged against yourself. 

 

Name the last pinprick of light

 

still gleaming at your darkest hour.

 

The pinnacle of hidden power. 

 

It has always been.

 

The undercurrent, undulating,

 

the vastness of it, rejuvenating. 

 

Ask about its origin, listen to the story,

 

let it embolden you

 

with its unbridled loyalty. 

 

Let it say no when it needs to

 

to say yes when it’s afraid to;

 

let it greet you, guide you,

 

hold you up. 

 

We’ve been told a lot of things

 

about strength, and what it means—

 

but barely anything

 

of gentleness

 

barely anything of ours. 

 

~

 

Emily Mundy is the co-author of the Dark Days Tarot Guidebook.

 

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