Fortitude

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Marseille Tarot - Jean Dodal

Waite Fortitutde
Rider-Waite Tarot - Pamela Colman Smith


Here she opens, but on some packs closes,
the lion’s mouth;  and so interpretations:
Quelling ferocity, the passions, the World’s powers
or releasing dark forces under her control.

Fortitude, after all, is a virtue
which she embodies, her heavy clothes
and floppy hat enclosing her power
like some governess ruling an unruly child.

Or virtuous strength with a floral crown
and a hat that has become Infinity
Subduing with a wreath of flowers
Wildness which she constrains to yield.

She it is who can teach us to conquer fear,
take hold of life with both hands;
To shape a destiny out of resisting clay
as she shapes the jaws of her rampant beast.






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A.E. Waite calls the card 'Strength' and places it as number eight in the sequence, interchanging it with 'Justice'.