2015 – Year of Strength

In numerology, 2015 equates with the number 8. This is a number that is so profound in its impact and expressions that it is both widely feared and revered depending on cultural and personal values. Laid out sideways the 8 forms the symbol of infinity, as the crown shown above the woman figure in the 8th card of the Major Arcana, as she opens the mouth of a lion. A major theme this year, as the name of the 8th Tarot card suggests is the presence and development of strength in our hearts, minds, and bodies to overcome negative patterns and to live creatively fulfilled lives.strength

Eight is associated with the unconscious mind, boundlessness, balance, transformation in a very tangible sense and the path of Dharma. It can also represent the unknown, the void, and the death of ego. The Seven Year of the Chariot prepared us for this shift in focus, whether or not we feel ready. Only to the degree that we have been able to trust in ourselves and the Universe (associated with 7) will we be comfortable working with the energies of an eight year.

In the Tarot system the 8th and 11th cards have been interchangeable with each other (in the Thoth deck the traditional positions have switched), signifying that both the themes of Strength and Justice may be prominent for us in 2015. The original 8th card, Strength is one that represents both physical and spiritual strength. It also indicates the potential for experiencing great joy by living an authentic life, being true to ourselves and moving forward despite fear. The mannerisms of both the woman and lion in this card indicate that gentleness can be far more powerful toward gaining results than force. The inner beast is best tamed with love rather than hate and denial. The associated astrological sign for this card is Leo, which means that the period of time when the Sun transits through Leo from July 22nd to August 23rd will bring significant changes for us that may be very intense or very empowering. Leo people or those with planets in this sign might also be particular sensitive to these changes. Jupiter will have made its way out of this sign and into Virgo on August 11th. Venus will be Retrograding through Leo, bringing a lot of emotional and relationship review.

In the Thoth deck, Justice holds position as the 8th card, representing balance of body, mind, and spirit, truth, negotiation, and karma – the law of cause and effect. It is associated with the sign of Libra, thus represented by a figure holding the scales of justice. Relationship orientation and realignment may be necessary in 2015, particularly during the Sun’s transit through Libra between September 23rd and October 23rd. Mercury will be Retrograde in Libra for a portion of that period, until October 9th.With Saturn now full steam ahead in Sagittarius many of us may seem to have no other option but to align with and live our highest truth, no matter what it may cost us. The cost of not doing so is always far greater.

Finally, the number eight does signify money and prosperity to many in the sense that it indicates balance, reciprocity, acquisition and attainment. There is a certain kind of sexual potency and prowess indicated in the number eight that peace-loving people should also be aware of, which can be used for healing or destruction. The number eight is so powerful and vast in its implications that anything is possible when its presence is made. There is no indication of morality – only results due to the actions taken. Dangers to this influence are absolute manipulation, slavery, and mind control. Also, bullying and torture of innocent people have gone on for centuries but until recently a lot of what goes on has been kept hidden. Let us not doubt for a minute that the masses will be targeted in this way by the “master minds” behind sensational media and other methods of exploitation. However, exploits will also be widely revealed.

In the year 2015 we have tremendous opportunities at our disposal for transformation on any or all levels of our existence. We may become deeply energized, recharged, the fires in our souls rekindled. In many instances along the way, the question may be asked “which is the high road, which is the low road?” Stasis and inertia just won’t do and are unlikely luxuries at this time. Choices must be made. Decisions must be followed through. Strength and resources will be available to help solidify whatever choices and decisions are made, or whatever work of art being crafted. Of course everyone in the world will experience these influences in their own unique ways. Some people have a lot of resistance to change, and others dive right in. There are many who being so ignorant and out of touch with their inner realities fall prey to whatever vampires and villains out there are ready to feed on their life force energy. For most who are reading this, an overall strengthening of abilities, foundations, work, relationships, and self will become very evident in the year 2015.

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