Strength Tarot Card Meanings

Strength’s Upright & Reversed Meanings

Strength tarot card image
Strength (Reversed, Lacking)

Ideas: Declaration, gratification, instinct, preferences

Traits: Complaintive, escapist, impatient, impulsive, intolerant, timid, weak-willed

Emotions: Annoyance, apprehension, desire, insecurity, irritation, nervousness, pleasure, relief, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Accepting help from others
    • Asserting your point of view
    • Expressing your needs and desires
    • Indulging once in a while
    • Releasing strong emotions
    • Showing your true colors
    • Talking about your preferences
    • Telling how you really feel
Strength (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Boldness, power, self-discipline, vitality

Traits: Calm, courageous, gentle, gracious, patient, soft, steady, strong, tolerant

Emotions: Compassion, eagerness, optimism, tenderness

  • Actions:
    • Accepting each other’s flaws
    • Bringing your passions under the control of reason
    • Controlling your emotions
    • Doing the right thing for everyone’s sake
    • Enduring hardship without complaint
    • Finding beauty in imperfection
    • Imposing restrictions on yourself for your own benefit
    • Resisting impulses that work against your best interests
Strength (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: People-pleaser, pretense, suppression

Traits: Conformist, obedient, passive, shallow, submissive, superficial

Emotions: Guilt, neglect, pride, shame, suffering, sympathy, unhappiness

  • Actions:
    • Being treated like a doormat
    • Experiencing burnout
    • Failing to take a stand when necessary
    • Ignoring your emotions
    • Pretending to be okay
    • Struggling in asking for help
    • Suppressing your own needs
    • Trying to please everyone

Strength’s Advice

Personal Growth

Identify problematic habits and unhealthy tendencies, and weigh their overall impact on your life. Consider, too, the value of leaving these behind for healthier options. A good measure of maturity is the ability to forgo immediate gratification to reap benefits later.

Relationship

You’re in control. You can’t tame others, but you can rein yourself in. Watch for old habits or weaknesses to surface, and use your wits to avoid upcoming pitfalls.

Career

Emotions and distractions can hinder progress. Identify the cause of dissention and take steps to moderate it. Allow people (including yourself) to do what they do best. An objective perspective yields more effective action.

Spirituality

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Your own willpower may not be strong enough to resist the temptations that come your way. (That’s okay; you’re human.) Turn challenges over to a higher power, and allow yourself to be led.

Strength’s Symbols & Insights

The Lemniscate

Again, in the Marseilles decks, many see a lemniscate, or infinity symbol, concealed in the brim of the figure’s hat. Rider–Waite–Smith-inspired decks emphasize the symbol, suggesting infinite self-discipline. What role does self-control play in your situation?

The Lion

Generally, the lion (king of beasts) suggests bestial, untamed instincts. Closing the mouth of the lion graphically illustrates the power the central figure has over instinctual forces. What instinctual responses need to be curbed?

Symbols of Strength

Some illustrators use Hercules on this card; a gentle woman is more frequently seen, though. What course of action would best symbolize your own moral strength?

More About Strength Tarot Card

Prediction
Your self-control will be tested.
A woman will seek to change her partner or lover.
You are a strong, capable person.
Timing
Between July 23 and August 22
Archetype
The id
Hebrew Alphabet
Theth/Snake/9 or Lamed / Outstretched Arms / 30
Numerology Number
8
(the action: movement, outer work, swiftness)
Classical Element
Fire
Astrological Sign
Leo
Myth/Spirit
Samson
Hercules
Daniel in the lion’s den
The sinless Christ
Story Character
An event hints at the main character’s hidden strength, which he or she will use (or choose not to use) to resolve the story. Alternatively, a physical or emotional weakness hinders the main character’s progress.
Questions to Ask
How can I enhance my self-discipline?
What behaviors tempt me? How can I resist?
What instincts do I continue to struggle with today?
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