In Tiny Tarot Wisdom for Spoonies, I’ll be going through every card individually and sharing mini insights we as disabled and neurodivergent (ND) witches can take from it.
“Strength” might call to mind images of bodybuilders or (like the original Rider-Waite illustration) fearless lion-tamers. But strength is also the courage to admit when we falter and need a hand. For me (and, I imagine, many neurodivergent and disabled folks) it’s terrifically difficult to ask for help or admit when I can’t do something. In Western culture we place so much value on self-sufficiency and independence that it can feel like failure when we can’t go it alone.
But everyone is interdependent, even those who like to pretend they aren’t. All of us go through ebbs and flows. All of us need help and all of us give help. ND and disabled people just might need help a bit more often than average, and that is in no way a failure. It is true, sincere courage to say, “I can’t do this without help.” Or even “I can’t do this at all.” Taking care of yourself? That’s strength. Reaching out? Also strength. Even taking steps to make a task easier for yourself rather than muscling through it? That, my loves, is strength.