Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: Strength (11)

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Visual Card Description:  A woman wears a vulture headdress with a uraeus on her forehead (indicating royalty, probably the Empress demonstrating her mastery).  To her left there is a lion.  She has one hand on its head, and another on its open jaw.  She doesn’t force its mouth open with her hands, rather the hand on its head implies domination.  Above the lion’s head there are some hieroglyphs.

Free Association:  Strength, Vital Force, Domination, Mastery

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  Strength indicates the importance of mind over matter, and reminds you to focus on what you do want rather than what you don’t want in your life. Its main point is that you have the ability to harness your thoughts and to use them for your – and everyone else’s – highest good. Not only do you have the ability; you have the responsibility. So conquer your fears, control your impulses, and never lose patience with yourself or what you are doing.


It’s important now for you to make time to meditate and contemplate and spend some time alone even if you are in a committed relationship and have nineteen children! Do not allow yourself to spend time in preoccupation and fear. Outward things will be going all right but what is of the most paramount importance is keeping your head on straight.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Courage, energy, intelligence triumphing over brute force.  Mastery of one’s action.  Work, activity.  Moral strength, defense of right causes, defeat of evil.

My interpretation: I likened the Empress to the feminine power of Hathor; femininity with the love of dance, joy, sex, and fertility, but also the twin side of Sekhmet being a fierce protectress, the bringer of both healing and pain.  The empress pays attention to her intuition and summons her strength in the face of adversity.  There is also an aspect of self domination- Sekhmet could not control her ferocious desires, but Hathor was able to master this impulse.  This card shows the seeker or a feminine aspect or person in their life needing control or demonstrating it.

Written by Bastemhet

May 15, 2013 at 8:27 pm

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