Health and vitality are at the core of our daily existence, without good health and wellbeing we become vulnerable and so unsurprisingly we find there there are many tarot cards in the major and minor arcana that depict various states of susceptibility.
The health of Strength can be interpreted in various ways, whether it be the psychological or spiritual strength to face difficult situations in life, or the physical strength required to endure health conditions we experience. Strength shows us that we must have the courage to rise up to confront any issues relating to our health. If we chose to ignore them they could get worse, but if we draw from inner strength we can overcome our perceptions of fear and raise this energy to deal with the situation and promote healing.
- Facing and dealing with health issues constructively
- Drawing up inner energy to promote healing
See also: Strength
Following on from the Death card, Temperance indicates healing and vitality rising up after a major health crisis. The card requires a peaceful approach focussed on moderation in relation to health. Time to be gentle, don't go too hard and fast with anything, after all we've just been through a tumultuous period that must be rebalanced. Temperance will often indicate improved health after a health crisis, or of the need for the assistance of a healer to aid recovery, which could be through conventional or natural modalities.
- Healing after a health crisis
- Indicative of a healer, conventional or natural
Not unlike Temperance, The Star follows on from yet another turbulent card, The Tower. The violent force of the The Tower paves the way for further healing and The Star helps to provide stability after such a storm. In the context of health, the woman in The Star stands naked and unprotected, symbolising great vulnerability and susceptibility in health, however this lack of protection can be strengthened by inner calm, peace and letting go, such as a positive mindset or meditation. Just being ok with where you are at, even if you are unwell, can be healing in itself. Letting go can also be seen in the context of cleansing the physical and spiritual bodies to raise our healing energy.
- Physically vulnerable
- Healing after a health crisis
- Need for inner peace and calm, and to cleanse toxicity, whether physically, psychological or spiritual
5 OF PENTACLES
The 5 of Pentacles depicts physical and social vulnerability, leading to a major health crisis. The card shows two people unable access resources (the church), highlighting the fact that we have fallen on hard times. This could be ourselves or someone less fortunate in our life. The card is a reminder that it's important to look at our health holistically, to also nurture our material world in an effort to protect and bolster our physical, mental and spiritual health. It also reminds us to give freely to those who are less fortunate.... what goes around, comes around. The card can indicate a collaborative effort to better health, finding support from those who understand and share in our suffering, such as support groups and organisations.
- Material vulnerability in a health crisis
- Practical preparation for the worst in times of good health
4 OF SWORDS
The 4 of Wands indicates a passive and receptive state asking us to stop, pause or meditate. In reference to health, it symbolises a state of recovery, of low energy and of the need for rest and recuperation. The Swords as a suite relates to the psychological challenges we experience through pain, anger and destruction in life. In the context of health, it may be important to let go of any issues that cloud the mind so that we can heal and regain strength. Rest allows us to regenerate and this stillness grounds the body and spirit to promote healing and clarity.
- The need for rest and recuperation
- Allowing quietness to promote healing and clarity
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