Strength arrives at number 8, which symbolizes infinity, as well as a constant flow of energy and power. It is considered a particularly lucky number in Japanese and Chinese culture.
In older versions of the Tarot, this card is numbered 11, suggesting the beginning of a new cycle and the replenishment of vital energy. The Rider Waite card bears the number 8, having swapped places with Justice.
This change was made by Arthur E. Waite himself, probably for better astrological correspondence because Leo precedes Libra!
Thus, Strength appears after the victory of the Chariot, after conquering the external world, and she gathers her powers for the introspection that will follow with the Hermit.
In the Rider Waite deck introduced in 1910, the card of Strength shows a beautiful young woman with a calm expression petting a lion. She’s dressed in white and adorned with flowers, standing in a field under the golden sky. Intelligence, purity of will, beauty, self-mastery; this powerful woman lacks for nothing!
Strength speaks of courage and self-control. She is the inner strength that allows a person to accept and express the instinct and to defeat fear. With the ability to tame the wild beast that is the heart of man, she demonstrates her harmony with nature through love and compassion.
The lion merrily wiggles its tail between its legs, meaning that it poses no threat to the woman and might even be subdued by her.
Is she encouraging the beast to express itself, or is she trying to impose dominion over it? Strength not only accepts the lion for what it is, a fierce wild animal; she also patiently waits for it to understand that she means well and, in turn, trust and accept her.
The symbol of infinity hovers above Strength’s head, revealing a connection to the Magician. We could say that the Magician’s objective is to attain her values, to have the courage and bravery to prevail over life’s challenges.
The trees and mountains in the background appear so small in comparison with Strength one might say she is a giant! Indeed she is like a goddess of the Earth. Not one of fertility and abundance, but a deity of harmony and coexistence.
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What does the Strength Tarot Card mean?
Strength expresses courage, self-discipline, recovery from trauma, inner strength, and a triumph over life’s obstacles. It also refers to unconscious energy, subtle control, and gut feeling. The figure in the card has tamed the wild instinct and defeated fear.
The Strength card is about knowing you can endure life’s misfortunes. Not just believing, not trying, but knowing it in your heart that despite adversities and failure, your voice will be heard, you will succeed and thrive in the end.
This radiant woman has achieved the impossible; in the classic parable of the beauty and the beast, she has tamed the lion, the king of animals, with her bare hands.
A symbolic gesture of bravery and fearlessness, it refers to a subtle control over the animal instinct. Even the savage beast can learn compassion and friendship, and even the most reasonable among scholars listen to their gut feeling.
Whereas her twin, the Magician, works from the waist upward exercising his intelligence, Strength works from the waist to the earth, establishing communication with the instinctive forces that emerge from the depths of consciousness.
She’s beautiful, sublime, eternal, and full of vital energy. She’s not imposing her will upon the beast; she’s not forcing or holding it back, but rather nurturing and pacifying it.
Strength has realized harmony with the environment and the soul. Her lesson is that, while we should listen to our gut feeling, acting on impulse alone can be destructive. One should recognize the compulsion and learn to delicately control the wild emotions instead of giving in to them.
One could say that Strength is opening the lion’s mouth, enabling it to speak. A modern interpretation would be that of the female voice and feminist values.
The empowered woman has now conquered her rightful place in the world. Her voice can finally be heard, her struggle for independence and equality recognized.
Sometimes the card can refer to physical strength, building stamina, and sound constitution. Not so much related to health issues, but endurance and successful recovery.
The Strength Tarot Card Upright
Strength in an upright position is truly a wonderful card to receive. Her blessing is one of grace and inner power.
Strength has no fear. Even if she is afraid, she does not lose heart. No beast or man can shake her from her place. She’s ready to face any challenge and succeed because she’s in control of her life. The card is a sign that it’s time to speak up for yourself, embrace who you are, and face your challenges with bravery.
This card is a definite sign that you are stronger than you thought you were and that you can embrace the trauma instead of pushing it away into forgetfulness.
It will teach you how to resist the destructive urges, an insatiable appetite, for example, and how to control them without denying them and without neglecting your well-being.
If you have been struggling with trauma and repressed feelings, the Strength card will appear when you are starting to face your fears and your inner self.
The lion, a symbol of raw power and animal instinct, is allowed to express itself for the first time in a way that was not possible until now because words could not describe it.
Now that it has been acknowledged, courage and discipline can be forged through a relationship of respect and understanding with oneself, others, and nature.
Finally, the lion’s primal roar amounts to the ability to express oneself with confidence, without any doubt. It can even refer to a mating call and the acceptance of the sex drive as a natural urge inherent in all beings.
Strength Keywords Upright
- Inner Strength
- Noble Heart
- Beginning of an Activity
- Animal Nature
- New Energy
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What does the Strength Tarot Card mean reversed?
Strength, in reverse, can be a warning sign of impulsive behavior, unjustified fits of anger, depression, and denial.
When reversed, the Strength card indicates inner conflict, cowardice, and feeling vulnerable. Ignoring your true potential and how strong you really are lead to a lack of confidence. It might also denote repressed emotions, codependency, unresolved trauma, and difficulties in communication.
Strength reversed denotes repression, stress, weakness, incapacity to communicate, and forceful behaviors. It might be a sign that you need to relax, face your feelings, and devote some time to self-care.
Since this card signifies courage, its upside-down meaning refers to letting fear, insecurity, and anxiety get the better of oneself. If that is the case, the seeker has repressed their emotions, views their instincts and urges in a bad light, or has developed a weak, codependent character.
Thus, the querent succumbs to the others’ demands and whims, however irrational, to ensure that their submission will be accepted and compensate for the weakness of their spirit.
Here, the lion is either muzzled and therefore silenced, left unattended to wreak havoc, or forced to do something against its will. The repressed instinct becomes a needy, hungry fire that can only be stopped with compassion and openness.
Strength achieves that with the gentle acceptance of the hurtful memory or behavior, yet with a powerful conviction that this negative cycle has run its course and can do no more harm.
Often, the reversed Strength card reveals a difficulty to communicate and express the innermost feelings. A reserved, conservative upbringing and severe psychological (or physical) trauma can do that to a person, and this may be the cause of a weak character, sexual hang-ups, and a lack of trust in oneself, as well as other people.
Ultimately, the negative side of Strength is neglecting what makes you human and either giving in to what is eating you up inside or trying to force things, trying to impose your will upon the world instead of choosing a natural and unifying course of action.
Pride comes before the fall and likewise a false sense of power or weakness posing as an excuse. Domination can only reinforce injustice while surrendering to inaction, silence, and fatigue will quickly disable the soul and mind alike.
Strength Reversed Keywords
The Strength Tarot Card as How Someone (He/She) Sees You
Strength is one of the best cards to receive when asking how a person sees you. She is not only very pretty and attractive; she also emits an aura of confidence, bliss, and resolution.
When the Strength card is drawn to describe how someone sees you, it means they find you beautiful and strong! You are seen as a unique, jubilant human being without fear and reservations. Your company inspires them and brightens their mood.
The person of interest sees you as gorgeous and compassionate, someone who can offer them strength and support when they need it most. The loving energy that surrounds you captivates and enthralls them.
Strength’s beauty is unique and subtle. However, it is her inner beauty that radiates most brightly. Her imperfections make her all the more attractive; she’s not a doll to be toyed with but a genuine human being with a gallant spirit.
Strength Reversed as How Someone (He/She) Sees You
While the negative traits of Strength might appear in an upright position and vice versa, it is important to examine each card from every possible angle.
In reverse, Strength is seen as either a person who is rude and aggressive or someone who lacks inner power and determination. The card might denote that you are seen as inferior, tactless, or weak.
Strength reversed sometimes implies struggle and conflict. It may indicate that you seem like someone who’s looking for trouble, someone who is always trying to dominate the conversation by being the loudest person in the room and accepting no opinion other than your own.
In this light, others may think that you need to be disciplined and taught how to behave because they see you as a lesser being. You may want to think about what actions led them to believe that, if this point of view is justified at all, and in what ways you may have influenced them in the past.
Their opinion may not always be justified, and perhaps trying to persuade them that they’re wrong will get you nowhere, so consider if it would be better to keep your distance before they hurt your feelings.
What does the Strength Tarot Card mean in Love?
Strength is a great card when it shows up to describe your love life.
The Strength card in a love reading indicates passion, confidence, and mutual trust. It may suggest a fiery new relationship with intense feelings and excitement. However, it is advisable to proceed with caution because wild romance tends to be unpredictable.
Give your partner space, but also take good care of them.
A sign of a strong bond, Strength is desire at its best. You may experience intense feelings and new sensations. There is exceptional beauty here, and remarkable grace.
You have possibly found a great, elegant partner, and your relationship is one of compassion, trust, and magnetism. You accept each other for who you are. Fear and doubt have no place between the two of you, and you can freely speak your mind, knowing that you will be met with understanding and support.
And if you’ve been wondering when you’ll get to meet someone new, Strength can be a sign that soon enough an exciting affair will appear in your life. Have confidence in your charm, dare to make the first move, and talk to that cute stranger across the bar who’s bashfully glancing at you!
The Strength card implies an active and healthy sex life. The animal instinct is allowed expression in the greatest, most beautiful way possible, thanks to a strong foundation of trust and security, or spontaneous passion and fateful attraction.
What does Strength Reversed mean in Love?
Strength, in reverse, may indicate quite a few problems for your love life. It can take the form of self-doubt, pressure, aggression, and abuse.
When the Strength card appears reversed in a love reading, it may suggest emotional abuse and some kind of power play. One partner is pushing the other, demanding too much, or disrespecting boundaries, making them feel weak and overwhelmed.
This deviant behavior creates a sense of insecurity and fuels codependency.
Don’t get carried away. Better be safe than sorry. The fiery nature of the lion is unpredictable, stubborn, and sometimes even aggressive. It may even refer to a sexual predator.
Maybe emotions have been repressed and ignored, and this relationship is one of carnal desire alone. That is not necessarily a bad thing. However, consider if that’s what you want from a romantic affair, especially if you feel overwhelmed and your energy levels drained.
Strength teaches you to know when to hold back, when to be silent, and when to speak up for yourself. Indulging in pleasure with every chance you get and letting the instinct control your actions can sometimes have destructive consequences. The lion will bite if you let it be in charge!
In case you find yourself occasionally arguing with your partner, this card suggests calming down and finding the root of the problem together. Fits of anger are ordinary and can be managed if you approach the incident with empathy. Other than that, the troubles of the past have brought the two of you closer.
Finally, should you be looking for a partner and the Strength card is drawn reversed, it can be a sign of low self-esteem. You let others walk over you, making it difficult to earn their respect.
Try stepping out of your comfort zone, and remember that you will find true love when you learn to love yourself with all your imperfections.
What does the Strength Tarot Card mean in Friendship?
If you are wondering what to make of your friends and Strength appears upright, it denotes a long-lasting friendship of mutual trust.
Strength represents a supportive and loyal friend. She is kind, reliable, and will always listen to you. This friendship will stand the test of time and gives you the resolve to carry on.
This card indicates a true friend who will support you and guide you even in the darkest times. Furthermore, it suggests compassion, acceptance, and a celebration of life.
It may appear when someone in your close circle needs your help or when you realize that your troubles are a lot easier to handle with a good friend by your side.
What does Strength Reversed mean in Friendship?
Strength reversed is not a very good sign for your friendship.
If the Strength card appears reversed in your friendship reading, you may want to think about who you are in this picture. Perhaps your friends are pushing you, fueling anxiety and anger, or it’s the other way around, and you believe that you are better than them.
In any case, this card in reverse means that someone is overstepping their boundaries by demanding too much of their friends or bossing them around.
People who think they have the privilege to tell you what is right and wrong, who cut you off when you are trying to say something, trying to persuade you of their prestige, and who engage in so-called “one-upmanship” will likely make you feel inadequate and unimportant.
The Strength Tarot Card in a Career Reading
A positive omen for employment and financial issues, Strength’s advice is to seize the opportunity and make bold moves. Do not let emotions cloud your judgment. Think rationally and competitively and you will succeed.
In a career reading, Strength indicates that it’s time to prove your worth. The talent, skills, and opportunities are available to you, and if you dare to make the brave and smart move, a promotion or a financial success is possible. Remember that sentiment has no place in business.
Have you been thinking about launching a new business plan? Do you think it’s time for a promotion or maybe a promising investment?
The Strength card is a reminder of the ancient lesson that fortune favors the bold. Leave your feelings out of the workspace, the weak are too often left behind. In the modern, highly competitive financial world, only the bravest and the smartest claim the rewards.
When Strength is drawn for career matters, there’s a great potential for success. You should not rest in this affirmation though, because this card suggests action and a careful, yet brave attitude.
If you know you’re good at what you do, dare to make a difference and don’t settle for less than what you desire. Invest in self-mastery and independence.
Think about your plan thoroughly, listen to your gut feeling, and try not to act on impulse alone. What seems like a dangerous, risky gamble for some people is simply in a day’s work for someone who knows what they’re doing.
Strength Reversed in a Career Reading
Strength, in reverse, suggests that you be patient and careful in your work.
Reversed, the Strength card in a career reading may point out that you’ve been careless, impulsive, or that you’re not the big fish you thought you were. You may otherwise have adopted a defeatist attitude, and that’s just not the material that winners are made of. It could also mean that you need to take a break.
You may experience some kind of setback or financial loss if you don’t play your cards right. Consider a more careful approach and find the courage to work harder, demand what you deserve, and learn from your mistakes. Trust in yourself and believe that you’re capable of success.
You shouldn’t, however, believe that the world is yours for the taking.
As the saying goes, big fish eat little fish. If you think you are the king of business, or the best artist, or a model employee while there is plenty of worthy competition, you might be left out on your own. Unfortunately, in most job-related cases, no one is irreplaceable.
Finally, as the Strength card reversed means a lack of vital energy, you may be working too much and pushing yourself.
Hard work may lead to success, but there’s no need to neglect everything else for its sake. Consider taking a break from work to rest, relax, and focus on your well-being.
What does the Strength Tarot Card mean in Conflict?
In this conflict, you must be brave and say what you have to say, while also letting the other person speak their mind. Give them space and time to think. Strength’s way of resolving conflicts isn’t force or direct control; it is by calming and pacifying emotions and looking for a beneficial, win-win resolution.
Here’s a virtue that is hard to find nowadays – regarding the other as an equal being, allowing them to have their say and respecting their opinion, even when it is mistaken or worlds apart from your own, even when you are enemies!
The Strength card is, among other things, about mutual benefit, finding the best possible solution for both parties in the argument.
It would be safe to say that, with Strength in reading about a conflict, the best way to resolve it is through conversation.
Acknowledge and express what you feel, but don’t let emotions get in the way of understanding what it’s all about and working things out. If they don’t want to listen, at least you’ve done your part to resolve the matter. But perhaps it is beyond your control, so best leave it as it is.
It takes courage to admit your mistakes, to compromise, to forgive and set your differences aside. Here, the card suggests that you embrace what has happened, don’t fight about it. With grace and compassion, Strength knows when to back off and when to offer a helping hand.
Consider this phrase: nothing for me that is not for others. If everyone fixed this in their hearts, wouldn’t all conflicts be much more easier to deal with?
What does the Strength Card Reversed mean in Conflict?
In reverse, the Strength card most likely suggests that anger and pride are at the core of the conflict. It is a power struggle, and one side is trying to silence, control, and devalue the other through force, aggression, or negligence. It might also hint at a repressed need for confrontation.
Perhaps you have been thinking about confronting someone who wronged you to get closure, or simply to express your thoughts and let them know how you feel about them. But they’re not giving you the chance, or they disregard your requests for equal communication.
Don’t let them silence your voice and walk all over you! And don’t deny these feelings, allowing them to slowly eat away at your mind.
Anger, when left unattended, is poison to the soul. So, even if it is a message, a letter that you will never send, externalize your volatile emotions and give yourself a chance to be heard, if only by the wind.
It’s ok to feel angry sometimes. But if there’s something you can do and say about it, why then let these angry thoughts continue? Provided that you don’t resort to toxic behaviors, tell those who hurt you that they hold no power over you anymore, that you are a human being just like everyone else.
Even so, let them know what a lion you can turn into when they ignore you and refuse to listen, when they harm you and pretend it was your own fault. It might be a roar, it might be a whisper. It does not matter, as long as you get the anger off your chest.
The Strength Tarot Card as How Someone Thinks of You
With Strength by your side, you can be sure that you create the best impression on other people’s minds!
When Strength is drawn to describe how someone thinks of you, they think you are strong, passionate, and beautiful. Your presence is an inspiration that allows them to express their thoughts, and they trust you to be an independent, confident person they can rely upon.
Whether we are talking about a friend, an acquaintance, or a partner, this person admires and respects you for who you really are. Maybe they feel more alive, spontaneous, and grounded to the present moment when you’re around. Their troubles suddenly seem unimportant.
What they admire most, however, is perhaps your ability to conquer your fears and achieve what you desire. They can discover their own strength by following your example.
Nevertheless, this card usually speaks of trust and mutual respect. Two equal beings join forces, one inspiring and strengthening the other, allowing for the emergence of a new and combined consciousness.
Strength Reversed as How Someone Thinks of You
That may not always be the case. Reversed, the Strength card in this context can indicate that the person of inquiry considers you to be abusive, a brute, or a weakling.
Strength reversed could mean that the person of interest is intimidated by you. However, depending on the dynamics of this relationship, it might denote that they consider you to be a pushover. In any case, it is likely an issue of one-upmanship.
This card, in reverse, describes two extreme conditions, which nonetheless have the same result. The person of interest is perhaps scared of what you might say and do. You strike fear in their heart with an intimidating presence, so they watch their steps around you and cannot speak their mind freely.
On the other hand, you might be on the receiving end of the aggression. The other thinks less of you, doubting your abilities and pushing you rather than offering support. This kind of behavior may have its roots in jealousy or a sense of superiority and disrespect.
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The Strength Tarot Card as Feelings
The Strength card is one of genuine love, kindness, and compassion, but it also refers to understanding what you or others feel and not letting wild emotions get the better of you.
Regarding the feelings of a person towards you, Strength can indicate that you make them feel strong and secure. They feel safe when near you, enjoying the warmth of love and compassion. The card is also about empathy and the subtle control of raw emotion.
It takes patience, tolerance, understanding, and self-restraint to achieve what Strength does with seemingly no effort. The lion can represent feelings that, if ignored, can have destructive consequences. The brave woman in the card soothes the wild animal. She does not allow her emotions to control her.
As far as the feelings of somebody else go, you might not be surprised if you realized that, besides admiration, this person feels an attraction towards you, and even romantic passion.
They likely wish to be subdued and tamed by you, to find comfort and acceptance in your arms, where the noise of their thoughts subsides.
Strength Reversed as Feelings
Strength reversed denotes inner conflict or that you greatly influence another person’s feelings.
In reverse, Strength indicates anger, rage, and struggling to express your feelings. It can be a sign of emotional repression that leads to outbursts. When drawn to specify a person’s feelings towards you, it can also mean that you hold some kind of power over them.
This card, in reverse, is characteristic of emotional blocks. By denying or refusing to deal with a negative feeling, tension builds up until it explodes randomly and quite often to whoever is unlucky enough to be around, even when they’re not to blame.
Saying “Don’t get angry” might not be great advice, but it’s a start. The point here is to find proper, healthy ways to blow off steam and express what you feel.
Regarding another person, if they are not angry at you, they might feel a strong desire that makes them vulnerable to everything you say. Sometimes you might ignore others’ feelings, not thinking that they, too, are sensitive humans who depend on you and expect you to understand that.
The Strength Tarot Card as a Situation
If you draw the Strength card as the pending or imminent situation, you have reclaimed your self-esteem and found your inner power!
Strength describes a situation of joy and inner calm. The troubles of the past have made you strong and wise, and you can now face daily life with an air of confidence. This card encourages you to seize the day and trust your instincts.
This card brings the realization of new-found strength. Dark times may not be over yet, but you’re ready to face any obstacle that lies on the road ahead.
The figure on the card is in control of the situation. She has achieved that through compassion and understanding, not by imposing her will. She has defeated fear and embraced her trauma.
This is what allows one to enjoy life to its fullest without losing self-control and signals a time of spiritual and mental growth since the inner being is content. Events have unfolded in their natural course.
Strength Reversed as a Situation
In reverse, Strength blocks your energy and creates problems where there are none.
Reversed, Strength can indicate anxiety, conflict, failure to handle a volatile situation correctly, or that you trusted a hunch that got you nowhere. This situation might drain your powers and cause you to doubt yourself.
When the whole universe seems to stand against you, there may be a good reason for that, and all the power in the world won’t change a thing. Don’t hold on, and don’t push too far when you meet resistance!
There’s also a possible indicator of a power struggle, where two or more people (or institutions) fight and argue to establish their points of view and debunk the claims of the opposing party.
The card may also be a sign that you have lost faith in yourself, that you feel weakness, fear, and shame. Find the basis of your anxiety and try to defuse the situation. Can you do something about it? Will it pass and heal with time, or is it just in your mind?
The Strength Tarot Card as Intentions / What Someone Wants
Have you ever wondered about what someone else wants from you or what their intentions are, and the Strength card showed up?
Strength represents the want for courage, passion, and acceptance. Someone might want to get close to you and get to know you better. They may also desire attention and support from you and a strong connection that will stand the test of time.
The aspiration to be courageous is the most significant aspect of Strength. It is the intense desire to live a passionate, fulfilling life.
If this card refers to another person, they may want to either stand close to you and grasp the air of majesty they see in you or wish to find acceptance in your arms. Maybe they require a strong, independent friend or partner who will inspire them to be better and overcome difficulties.
Depending on somebody else to feel stronger instead of cultivating confidence can be tricky; however, some people need the example of others to move forward.
There are a lot of ways you could persuade such a person to discover their strengths and validate their character without making them dependent on you.
In any case, the Strength card reveals a strong desire for connection and communication or conflict. It’s best to approach these situations like the figure on the card, namely with consideration of the power structure between the people involved and with a gentle yet firm touch of courage and assertiveness.
Strength Reversed as Intentions / What Someone Wants
Strength does not indicate the best intentions when it appears reversed or if the surrounding cards are charged with negative energy.
Strength reversed as a desire can be a malevolent influence. There’s a chance somebody wants to take something from you without your consent, expects you to take care of them no matter what, or desperately tries to prove they are better than you, and anybody else for that matter.
Stay away from people who revel in demeaning others because their toxic, narcissistic power trip will sooner or later turn against them and devour all that is good around them.
If every time you meet a specific person you feel like they drain you of all your energy, even when they are not doing it consciously, you might want to keep your distance.
It can sometimes be a sign that the querent is looking for strength and validation in others and that they depend on external factors instead of believing in themselves. The lion turns to a fearful housecat, incapable of fending for itself, waiting on someone else to take care of its needs.
Here’s another way to look at Strength in this context: someone who expects everything to be done for them by you because they feel weak, insecure, or simply bored. They will abandon all responsibilities and attach to whoever makes them feel safe for now.
Is the Strength Tarot card a Yes or No?
The Strength card is a loud ‘YES!’ However, your goals may not be so easy to accomplish. Strength calls for self-improvement, bravery in the face of danger, and knowing when to stop. Only when these requirements are met will definite answers and clarity appear.
When it comes to Yes or No readings, Strength indicates a positive sign. You should, nonetheless, bear in mind that this is fragile stability and that it all depends on how you proceed.
For example, if you ask “Will I pass my courses this semester?” and you draw the Strength card, it simply means that you will pass with flying colors, as long as you study hard and have confidence in your abilities.
Take a rain check on that night out with your friends and focus on your goals without neglecting your well-being and peace of mind.
The remarkable act of taming a lion points to the belief that anything is possible, however improbable.
While the answer may be positive, this card can imply that an unknown factor will emerge. What you’re asking for could be dangerous or requires you to be exceptionally attentive.
Therefore, if you receive Strength reversed for such a question, then the answer is quite possibly ‘No.’ Maybe you lack the conviction or confidence to achieve what you desire for now, or you’ve been wasting your energy in the wrong direction.
Better think this through; forcing your way is not the solution and will probably result in fatigue and disappointment. Perhaps a break to focus on self-care is in order.
For more detail about asking tarot Yes or No questions, read: How to ask tarot for yes or now answers (10 Examples)
The Strength Tarot Card as a Place
Strength can be found in places far away from the noise and confusion of modern society. However, there are safe havens even within the bustling noise of crowded cities.
The Strength card can direct you to a place where you build physical strength, like the gym, or the natural habitat of wild animals. It can also refer to any place where you feel strong and confident.
In the Rider Waite card, the figure is standing in an open field, suggesting someplace in nature where one could feel reinvigorated by the fresh air and splendor of the trees and mountains.
Of course, we have to consider locations in the wilderness where wild animals roam free or even a natural history museum.
However, the Marseille Strength card shows a plain white background, implying that Strength resides out of space and time. It could be a place existing solely in imagination, a thought-given dimensions to boost one’s mood and confidence.
It can just as well indicate any place where you feel stronger and in touch with your inner self. From a psychologist’s office to a park where people relax and unwind, this card in this context is open to personal interpretation.
Strength Reversed as a Place
The Strength card reversed might refer to the following locations.
In reverse, Strength might indicate a place where animals are held captive, like the zoo, a farm, or a circus. It might otherwise refer to a place that brings back memories of a traumatic experience.
The card might refer to mistreated and captive animals. It might be a zoological garden, a stockyard, or any other place one might find them.
It could, however, be someplace where the seeker has experienced trauma. Even walking close by might drain their energy and cause them to relive the hurtful memory.
The Strength Tarot Card as an Obstacle / Challenge
If we look closely at the card, we will see that the mountain, a symbol of obstacles, is relatively small compared to the woman of the Strength card. It means that when we discover the source of inner power that we all have, we can prevail over any challenge!
The challenge of this card is to demonstrate that the Strength of love can overcome fear. Even when you cannot dispel fear, you have to face it and go for it! Persistence and training can help you to tame your instincts and embrace your nature.
To fight a mighty lion, now that is a challenge indeed! The beast is, of course, a metaphor. It is the inner beast that we have to face, that part of human consciousness that does not listen to reason.
The lion does not depend on luck or the turn of a friendly card. Sharp eyes, quick reflexes, an impressive appearance, and the will to persevere; are the qualities that define Strength. You likely have to train and become mentally and physically stronger to accomplish what you desire. It won’t be easy, but then again no great venture ever is.
Strength Reversed as an Obstacle / Challenge
In reverse, Strength as a challenge might indicate the following.
In the obstacle position, Strength reversed indicates that you may have been trying to achieve something for which you are not ready yet, and you let your emotions control you. You may appear to others as too strong for your own good, provoking jealousy and enmity.
Sometimes it can represent unresolved trauma.
It can take on the form of rage, fear, inner conflict, and hunger. This battle is a personal one, and others may not comprehend what you’re going through. Your environment may cause trouble for you because you seem either too weak to persevere or so mighty that others can be jealous of your beauty and power.
In case you‘ve been trying too hard and not getting anywhere, Strength suggests that you’re trying to force things unnaturally or prematurely. You have persistence and determination, but you’re too eager and impatient, like a little child who hurt its leg while running for that ice-cream.
Finally, this card points to unresolved issues. A traumatic experience or uncontrollable emotions can prevent you from accepting and loving who you are. To master this obstacle, you have to have faith in your powers and let your voice be heard.
The Strength Tarot Card as Action
The Strength card suggests a subtle control over instincts and impulses, along with offering support to others.
Strength calls on you to practice forgiveness, compassion, and self-control. Be brave, calm, and patient, and learn to work with others. As an action card, it is about indirect guidance and quiet determination.
Anyone who has spent some time with a cat knows that you cannot make them do anything. You have to be patient, gentle, and subtle to establish communication and mutual trust. Some people behave like this; they may need you, but they will put up a fight if you are abrupt and forceful with them.
Forgiveness is, perhaps, one of the most direct ways to demonstrate the strength of love. Positive reinforcement, recognizing mistakes, and looking beyond immature transgressions is how you mend a broken heart.
Finally, Strength is a signature card for self-restraint. We all have that animal brain that cannot resist and will get us into trouble. The road to self-mastery begins by learning when you must put your best foot forward, but also when to hold back and stay out of harm’s way.
Strength Reversed as Action
Reversed Strength indicates that you need some time off to rest, gather yourself, and focus on self-care.
The Strength card, in reverse, means that your energy levels are running low, and you might feel weak. Take a break, stay in your safe space, and avoid emotional triggers and careless risks! Don’t put your head in the wolf’s mouth, so to speak.
Don’t struggle to accomplish more than you can handle. Listen to your body because you may need to replenish your energy when you get Strength reversed as an action card. You may also want to stay within your comfort zone for a while; there’s no need to invite danger into your life.
The Strength Tarot Card as Advice
The Tarot is, after all, a tool for guidance. Its ultimate purpose is to allow spirit, mind, and body alike to become stronger and better.
Strength evokes indomitable determination. Her advice is to persist, to make bold yet careful moves, and to embrace your powers and weak spots all the same. Dare to be different and aspire to the impossible. The universe never gives you more than you can handle.
In the advice position, Strength’s message is clear: tame the wild beast that is your heart. Follow it to the edge of the world, but don’t let it devour your humanity.
What is it that you fear? What keeps you from living the life you want to live? Try giving answers to these questions, and maybe you’ll soon realize that whatever projections you had created that placed these fears in the outside world, they ultimately reside within your mind.
You are the only one who can face them, and no one else.
This card may also invoke issues concerning sexuality. Whether it’s about repression or unfulfilled desires, it calls for the expression and gentle acceptance of the sexual instinct as a vital element that defines one’s personality.
Remember that emotions, while they hold great power over us, do not always show the right path in life. Accept them, but don’t let them run the show. To experience the whole spectrum of feelings in all their intensity and yet act with reason and compassion; that is true power.
Perhaps the most important lesson of Strength is to speak your mind when you have something to say. Don’t fall into silence and inaction. Emotions are loud, and thoughts persist because they seek expression. Let all hear what you have to say.
Do not worry about looking silly; what fool will dare to mock the mighty lion?
Strength Reversed as Advice
When reversed, Strength urges you to stay clear of harm’s way, to focus on recovery from a distressing experience, and to show kindness to yourself.
Do away with naivety; it is great peril in and of itself. The Strength card encourages you to accept the hurt of the past and learn from it.
To become better by acknowledging your weakness and by showing humility and diligence even when you are at your strongest. Don’t give in to rage, and don’t justify your anger.
Indulging in ephemeral pleasures and succumbing to defeatism and futility will never resolve any problem; they’re just coping mechanisms. The same goes if you think that you can impose your will and have your way without considering the well-being of others.
Work on your resilience until you’re ready to face the world again without fear.
As an indicator of emotional and mental blocks, the Strength card in reverse calls on you to embrace trauma and build up your self-esteem. You may be struggling, trying too hard to affirm yourself and reach other people’s standards.
Spend some time with a good friend who will provide comfort and help you relax.
Finally, some people believe that talking the loudest proves a point and makes them right. Just remember: Insecurities are loud. Confidence is silent.
The Strength Tarot Card as an Outcome
As an outcome, Strength blesses you with inner power, courage, and certainty.
Strength as an outcome heralds a time of grace. The card indicates that you will feel powerful, secure, and confident. You may be called to offer help to a loved one, master a skill, and attain a resilient inner balance.
Strength speaks of a permanent boon, like receiving indispensable knowledge or acquiring a helpful skill. However, new challenges could appear to test your mettle. It would be wise to stay vigilant and awake; as we’ve said before, the lion has a tenacious and unpredictable temperament.
Tune in to your unconscious energies. You will soon experience a deep harmony with your instincts and find the strength to endure anything life throws at you.
Strength Reversed as an Outcome
As an outcome card in reverse, Strength denotes unhealthy attachments, self-doubt, and exhaustion.
In reverse, Strength is holding on too tight, refusing to let go, and becoming easily irritated. Depending on others can deplete your energy and hurt your confidence. You may be blocking your way to freedom, feeling insecure and exhausted.
Strength reversed indicates a tiresome struggle, either within you or with others. You may find yourself clinging to people or situations that you should be letting go of, craving attention or reassurance, and yielding to emotional distress.
Don’t neglect or push yourself. Only by claiming your strength and independence will you be able to share the joy of life with your loved ones.
The Strength Tarot Card in the Future
In the future position, Strength is absolutely a good omen. Should you receive this card when asking about your future, let your heart find comfort in the fact that you will discover a way to survive and finally succeed.
In the future position, the Strength card brings the reassurance that whatever’s been troubling you will soon be under control. It predicts a time of self-acceptance, improvement, serenity, and quiet power. You will find joy and fulfillment as long as you persist and remain vigilant.
This card does not mean that difficult times are over. Quite the contrary, the challenge has only just begun. But this happens because you will soon be capable of achieving more than ever before.
With the instinct pacified and trust in yourself restored, you can almost grasp the feeling that you can face anything life throws at you. That is what quiet power means, to treat life’s even most unpredictable challenges with respect, as an opportunity to become stronger and better.
You may undertake an intricate task or find the confidence to attract an exciting romance. Or you may break free from the clutches of insecurity that have been holding you back.
At any rate, Strength arrives when you’re ready to employ it for the greater good and when you’re wise enough to accept responsibility for your actions. The future is neither bright nor dark; you will realize that it is simply in your hands, if only you find the strength to guide it.
Strength Reversed in the Future
If this card appears reversed in the future position, it may be cause for alarm.
The future indicated by Strength in reverse will likely be a trying time. Unresolved issues you had forgotten may emerge to test your patience. If you feel anxious about what lies ahead, try to embrace the present moment, and trust in yourself.
Something or someone whom you have ignored may return to show you that you have to be mindful of your words and actions and that you have misjudged your situation.
Emotional distress will probably arise. Life may seem unbearable for a while, and a hidden danger will be revealed. Brace yourself, and remember that even the direst of circumstances happen for a good reason.
As with all reversed cards, Strength, in this case, denotes a lack of everything she represents in the upright position, so this will likely be an interval when you may feel weak and scared. Concentrate on the calm face of Strength and try to understand what she stands for.
To live without her qualities means to live a half-life, afraid to be eaten alive by fear and regret.
The Strength Tarot Card as a Person
Strength brings forth marvelous qualities for a person, a combination of quiet power and radiant grace.
Strength represents a strong, independent, beautiful woman. She has the resolve to choose her own path and succeed in a world of men, demonstrating the power of love, kindness, affection, and compassion.
This card resembles a person, most likely a woman, who is fully conscious of what she says and does. She will often be the center of attention, and she excels at persuasion, not only because of her remarkable beauty but also because of her loving energy.
But if you cross her, you are in trouble! She won’t play the victim’s role, and she expects you to respect her boundaries. Even so, she will offer forgiveness and show patience and understanding when others would simply turn their backs and leave.
She is smart, sexy, and uniquely beautiful. You won’t find another like her! She protects and accepts her loved ones with all their flaws, knowing that everybody needs the gentle, nurturing touch of a sensitive female figure in their life.
Strength Reversed as a Person
The card of Strength reversed describes a woman who has gone through a lot of emotional pain and struggles with self-doubt.
In reverse, Strength represents a traumatized, insecure, and vulnerable woman. She may try to hide her weakness by putting on a brave face and claiming she’s doing fine on her own, but she needs all the love and support she can get.
Victims and traumatized people in general often lose the ability to speak about their trauma by denying or repressing the hurtful events. They might act out, burst into tears when all seems to be going well, indulge in bad habits to dissociate from pain, etc.
A woman who wants to survive in a world dominated by male influence has to adapt by showing strength and determination, lest she falls into the stereotype of the weak, submissive girl. Imagine the frustration of being treated as a lesser being, as a mere sex object…
Considering the above, the Strength card in reverse will likely represent a woman who is conscious of her struggle, who is trying to fight her way through an unfair world, who wants to be strong and independent, but has yet to trust in her abilities.
Although she might be too proud to admit so, she needs help, guidance, and to feel loved and accepted. No one must walk alone in life, especially those among us who had to struggle for what most people take for granted.
What Zodiac Sign is Strength?
Strength aligns with the sign of Leo, with its mighty roar and majestic mane.
The fire sign Leo, ruled by the Sun, and the Strength card share the most obvious symbolic connection between Astrology and Tarot: the fierce lion. Leos are charming, confident, warm-hearted, and ambitious, and quite often the center of attention.
Sexy, radiant, and passionate about everything, the proud Leo will never reveal weakness or instability. A generous soul that’s always fun to be around, Leo’s kindness and beauty are only surpassed by their fiery ambition to conquer the world.
Sometimes they may seem arrogant, but only because they’re too self-aware and deeply care about their image. Their greatest advantage is a captivating charm, and the determination to succeed in life no matter what difficulties they will have to face.
Ultimately, the Strength card and Leo represent courage, fortitude, persistence, and a kind heart.
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