Tarot Card Meanings
Your resilience will greatly aid you, and your fearlessness means that you should have no issues speaking your mind.
The lion’s forehead and jaw are gently stroked by a woman in the Strength Tarot card. The woman’s calming, loving energy has tamed this wild animal, even though it is renowned for its ferocity. The lion represents unbridled passions and desires, and by taming him, the woman demonstrates that when inner strength and resilience are used, unbridled passion and animal instinct can be expressed in positive ways. She subdues and subtly controls the lion using her inner strength instead of using force or coercion.
The woman’s outfit is comprised of a white robe, which symbolizes her spiritual purity, and a belt and crown made of flowers, which stand for nature’s most complete and exquisite expression. The infinity sign is placed over her head as a representation of her limitless potential and wisdom.
NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.
Similar to The Chariot, The Strength card denotes fortitude, power, and strength. On the other hand, the Strength card speaks to the inner strength and the human spirit’s capacity to overcome any obstacle, whereas The Chariot represents physical strength and will. Strength is the confidence that you can overcome the challenges of life. Your strength and persistence are well balanced with underlying patience and inner calmness. You are committed to doing what needs to be done, and your approach demonstrates your maturity and composure.
You are propelled by your inner strength, personal power, strong will, and determination when the Strength Tarot card appears in a reading. You don’t rule by attempting to control people; instead, you subtly persuade and influence them. Because of how “invisible” it is, others may undervalue your influence, but you should view this to your advantage. A situation can be handled without using excessive force on the outside. Nobody is aware that you are in charge.
You dare to face any escalating worries, difficulties, or uncertainties because of your strength. Despite your fear, proceed! The Strength card exhorts you to find the strength within yourself to carry on if you have been going through a difficult time and are feeling burned out or stressed. You have what it takes to see this through to its successful conclusion. You’re a dependable friend and a steadfast supporter who is eager to lend a hand and be there for others when they need it. You may also feel compelled to hold space for someone who needs your courage and assistance.
The Strength card compels you to “tame” your animal instincts, gut feelings, and unprocessed emotions and use them constructively. It’s common for emotions like rage, sadness, guilt, and shame to surface in particular circumstances. However, how you handle these feelings is what counts. You need to be aware of your natural inclinations right now and balance them with the greater good. No time exists for irrational or hateful behavior. You should approach your situation with forgiveness, love, and compassion. Working with a therapist may also assist you in developing coping mechanisms for whatever arises.
When the Tarot card Strength Reversed appears, pay attention to your current levels of inner strength, self-assurance, and belief. Are you brimming over with confidence or are you drained? And how do you restore harmony to these elements?
If you recently suffered a setback, you might feel weak and lacking in self-assurance. Recognize that your inner strength is something you will always have, and this moment is as good as any to rekindle it. You might be stronger and more resilient than you think; therefore, be kind to yourself. You can also rekindle your confidence and self-esteem by gathering evidence from your past that demonstrates your ability to succeed and overcome these temporary obstacles.
Right now, assess your energy levels. You may be sluggish, especially if you have been devoting yourself to serving others or pushing yourself to achieve a goal. Strength Reversed is your invitation to temporarily take stock and temporarily restore your energy levels by resting and withdrawing. You must take care of yourself so that you can care for others.
Strength Reversed, in its shadow form, can indicate that you are prone to explosive behavior, lashing out at others, and becoming aggressive. You may act rashly and end up doing something you later regret. The key is to learn how to channel raw emotion so that it does not harm others or yourself. Seek professional assistance in dealing with these emotions.