I really didn't want to be a bummer during the holiday season, but one of my pond koi died this past week. He was the biggest fish I had, my yellow matsuba koi (see photograph below). He was over 2 feet long and I had him for over 20 years. I noticed he wasn't doing well the week before last and pulled him out to see if there was anything I could do to help him out. Seeing there wasn't, I put him back to let him live out his final days. Yesterday, I took him out and he was dead. I decided not to do an autopsy. This is the first fish I have had that hasn't made it through a winter.
I have selected the following Haiku poem to honor his passing:
fish under water - the illusion of words we think we know
Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy.
This is a card of courage and energy. It represents both the Lion's hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden's steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion's mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength. That forces can be controlled and used to score a victory is very close to the message of the Chariot, which might be why, in some decks, it is Justice that is card 8 instead of Strength. With strength you can control not only the situation, but yourself. It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining one's personal honor. It can also stand for a steadfast friend.
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