This is the eighth in a series of conversations between the Birth Card pairs and Jason C. Lotterhand, through “The Thursday Night Tarot”, (edited by Arisa Victor). The host for this series is the Fool, representing the individual taking the journey. The eighth Birth Card pair up is the Star/Strength.
Fool: Welcome to this series of conversations. Information discussed here is based on Jason C. Lotterhand’s work, as presented in “The Thursday Night Tarot”. Something to keep in mind before we enter into the following conversation is the theme for the Star/Strength duo: “The ability to control our passions, and our connection to Spirit, which brings us hope.” To my left is the Star, to my right is Strength, and to the Strength’s right we have Mr. Lotterhand. Thank you all for being here. Star, you may begin.
The Star: I would like to thank Mr. Lotterhand and Strength for being here, and the Fool for hosting this series. As we all know, Birth Cards work in pairs. However, we all carry our own identity. Through Mr. Lotterhand’s work, we hope to clarify who we are to those who carry our energy.
Mr. Lotterhand, can you explain to our audience what the image on this card represents, please.
Jason C. Lotterhand: The image on this card is one of a woman kneeling on land, with one foot in the water. She holds a jug of water in each hand. From one jug she is pouring water into the water in front of her, and from the other jug she is pouring water into the land she is kneeling on. The woman represents the Divine Mother, supplying us with the function of consciousness that we call meditation. This is a great gift that is open to all of us. When we meditate, we access untapped parts of ourselves.
The Star: What do the stars surrounding the central figure in this card stand for?
Jason C. Lotterhand: The larger central star is symbolic of the Life Power, which is the energizing principle of the entire universe. The seven smaller stars symbolize the seven chakras, which are associated with the seven original planets of astrology, and the seven alchemical metals. The larger star energizes the seven smaller stars.
The Star: What is meditation?
Jason C. Lotterhand: Meditation is simply the ability to focus your mind for extended periods of time. Because your awareness is focused on one thing over a period of time, you are able to take your awareness of it to a deeper level. You will become aware of its true nature, and what that means to you. To do this we need the ability to still our mind, and access information from our super-conscious. This helps us to be balanced and guided in our earthly existence.
Fool: Thank you, Star, and you, Mr. Lotterhand. Strength, you have the podium.
Strength: Thank you, Fool. I would like to thank the Star and Mr. Lotterhand for being here, and the Fool for acting as host.
Mr. Lotterhand, What is the principle behind the card of Strength?
Jason C. Lotterhand: Short and simple – force needs to be mitigated by love for us to be truly victorious.
Strength: Why is Key 8 (Strength) called the Intelligence of the Secret of All Spiritual Activities?
Jason C. Lotterhand: When the suggestions that we make of a self-conscious level reach the subconscious level, the universal machinery is set in motion. Suggestions that we make to ourselves set up a vibrational response in the environment around us.
Strength: How can we differentiate masculine and feminine, when everything that is manifested contains both energies?
Jason C. Lotterhand: Masculine nature us self-imparting, feminine nature is receptive. The sun shines, while the moon reflects. Unity is the source of polarity. The lemniscate indicates the general tendency toward unity.
The Chariot: Do you have any final thoughts for our audience?
Jason C. Lotterhand: The purple mountain in Strength represents the Great Work. Here we are involved in our own personal evolution, supported by the Life Force.
Please note: These are, of course, imaginary conversations. The information has been taken from “The Thursday Night Tarot”, Jason C. Lotterhand, edited by Arisa Victor, Newcastle Publishing Co. Inc, 1989. Any errors in translation are mine, and mine alone.
Images are from the Tarot Lovers Tarot (Karyn Easton, http://paranormality.com/) .
© October 2012 Bonnie Cehovet