• Emily Mundy

Dark Moon Musing: A Survey of Inner Strengths


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,