Strength Tarot Card Meanings

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Strength (Reversed)

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.


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.


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.


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.

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