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Upright: Strength, courage, persuasion, influence, compassion
Reversed: Inner strength, self-doubt, low energy, raw emotion.
In the Strength Tarot card, a woman gently strokes a lion on its forehead and jaw. Even though the lion is known for its ferociousness, the woman has successfully tamed this wild beast with her calming, loving energy. The lion is a symbol of raw passions and desires, and in the act of taming the lion, the woman shows that animal instinct and raw passion can be expressed in positive ways when inner strength and resilience are applied. She doesn’t use force or coercion; she simply channels her inner strength to subdue and subtly control the lion.
The woman wears a white robe, indicating purity of spirit, and a belt and crown of flowers that represent the fullest, most beautiful expression of nature. Over her head is the symbol of infinity, representing her infinite potential and wisdom.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
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The Strength card represents strength, determination, and power – similar to the Chariot. However, while the Chariot represents outer strength and will, the Strength card represents inner strength and the power of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle. Strength is about knowing that you can endure life’s obstacles by drawing upon your inner strength and confidence. You have great stamina and persistence, balanced with an underlying patience and inner calm. You are focused on what you need to do, and you go about it in a way that demonstrates great composure and maturity.
When the Strength Tarot card appears in a reading, you are fuelled by your inner strength, personal power, strong will and determination. You do not rule by force or trying to control others. Rather you access your inner power and strength, and lead via subtle influence and persuasion. Others may underestimate your influence and power because it is so 'invisible' – but this is to your advantage because you are able to subtly control a situation without excessive, outward force and nobody is none the wiser that you are actually calling the shots.
Strength gives you the confidence within yourself to overcome any fears, challenges or doubts. Feel the fear and do it anyway! If you have been going through a rough time and feel burnt out or stressed, the Strength card encourages you to find the strength within yourself and keep going. You have got what it takes to see this situation through to its eventual end. You might also feel compelled to hold space for someone else who is going through a difficult period and needs your strength and support. You’re a loyal friend and a solid supporter, willing to step up and be present when others need you.
The Strength card encourages you to ‘tame’ your animal instincts, gut reactions, and raw emotions, and channel these initial responses in a constructive way. It’s normal for feelings such as anger, rage, sadness, guilt or shame to arise in certain situations. However, it’s what you do with these feelings that makes all the difference. This is a time when you need to be very conscious of your instinctual urges and reactions and bring them into balance with the greater good and meaning in life. This is not a time to act out in rage or in hatred but instead to look at the situation from a place of forgiveness, love and compassion. Working with a therapist may also be helpful so that you can create better coping strategies for any raw emotion that comes up.
When the reversed Strength card appears in a Tarot reading, tune in to your current levels of inner strength, confidence and self-belief. Are you overflowing with self-confidence, or do you feel depleted? And how can bring these aspects back into balance?
If you have recently experienced a setback, or you are seriously doubting whether you are on the right track, you may be feeling vulnerable and lacking in self-confidence as a result. Know that your core strength will always be with you and now is as good a time as any to reconnect with this inner strength and power. In fact, you may have more strength and resilience than you give yourself credit for. So, be kind to yourself. You can also reinvigorate your self-confidence and self-esteem by collecting evidence from your past that shows you you have what it takes to be successful and overcome these temporary challenges.
Check in on your energy levels right now. You may be feeling low on energy, particularly if you have been dedicating yourself to serving others or you’ve been pushing really hard on achieving a goal. The reversed Strength card is your invitation to take stock and restore your energy levels by resting and withdrawing for a temporary period. It’s important that you take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.
In its shadow form, the reversed Strength card can indicate that you are prone to explosive behaviour, lashing out at others and becoming highly aggressive. You may act without thinking, and end up doing something you regret later. The key is not to repress the raw emotion, but to learn how to channel it in a way that won’t harm others or yourself. Seek a professional who can help you implement strategies in your life to better deal with these raw emotions.