What Does The Strength Tarot Card Mean?

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Strength Tarot Card Meaning: Upright, Reversed & In Love

The Strength Tarot card is the eighth Major Arcana card, and it means exactly what it says.

The Strength card will always be there to remind us that we have all we need within us, and that if we put our minds and hearts into something, we will prevail. But it will take strength and perseverance, cunning and compassion. 

Strength Tarot Card Meaning

Upright keyword meanings: Radiant health, inner strength, fortitude, courage, bravery and compassion

Reversed keyword meanings: Self-doubt, weakness, lack of confidence, vulnerability, insecurity and anxiety

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Strength is a great card for a wake-up call, and an even better card to give you back your confidence and self-belief. This card may also represent the need to take care of your health and well being.

The Strength Tarot Card Description

This is a curious card, and it all starts with its visual impact.

What we see in the Strength card is a woman, adorned with a wreath of flowers, petting a lion, who is only too happy to receive her touch. Above her head is the figure eight symbol, which represents infinity and is suggestive of cosmic, unending power.

Is she a lion tamer and, if so, is the lion an actual lion, or is this beast just a representative of our inner beast, waiting to be subdued?

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There is no struggle here; she is the master and, in this regard, she is the symbol of discipline and understanding. She did not slay the beast to get him to be docile; she compassionately came to understand him.

In the distance, we see a mountain range, symbolic of the world out there. She is not in a building, she is outdoors, and there is nothing to help her but her own sense of what is right and wrong.

We are both characters in this Tarot card — we are the beast, and we are the one who tames the beast, and if we are able to understand that, we have attained strength.

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Upright Strength Meaning

When this card pops up in a reading, it represents the power to master your emotions and control yourself under duress. If you are going through hard times, this card reminds you that you have all the power within you, you just have to access it through belief.

This card will activate your worries and make you wonder what it is you need strength for, and it will unlock that answer for you as well.

If times are troubling, it means "hang in there." If you are unable to move forward, the card means "take more time." If you are unsure of yourself or your abilities, this card will appear to let you know that you are drowning in delusion and you need to snap out of it.

If you are sick, this card is the healer, the promise of better days. It is also the card of optimism and self-belief. If you dare to dream, then you must dare to manifest that dream.

It is a beautiful card that lets you know in no uncertain terms that your life will get better and that all is well in your world.

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Reversed Strength Meaning

When the Strength Tarot card presents as reversed, it means weakness, and while all that seems the obvious interpretation, it is always about looking at that weakness so that you can heal and "reverse" it.

It is not about lack of physical strength, but about self-doubt and loss of self-esteem.

Pay attention to this card when it shows up like this, as it is there to jump-start your healing process. And, as they say, "You have to feel it to heal it," so you also have to acknowledge that something is wrong before you can make it right.

It is a card that tells you not to forget who you are, to remain strong in your resolve, that you perhaps let people walk on you and, worse, you got used to it. This card tells you to pull yourself up again, and to not believe the lies you have told yourself over the years.

It is a smack in the face card that says, "Wake up, you beautiful thing! What the heck are you doing? Live your life!"

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The Strength Tarot Card's Meaning in Love and Relationships

It is almost impossible to avoid getting this card if you are asking about love and relationships. But appearing upright or reversed makes a difference in the message.

Love and Relationships: Upright Strength Meaning

If you are looking to meet someone, Strength is a good card to get. It implies that your fortitude and patience will pay off.

If you are already in a relationship, getting this card upright is a very good sign. It is one that says your relationship is strong, long-lasting and emotionally stable.

It is also a card for patience and stamina. It is not always easy being in a relationship, and often times we want to walk away out of frustration. T

his card, in a line up, tells us that we are responsible for our part as well, and that it is not always about the other person being wrong.

Love and Relationships: Reversed Strength Meaning

When this card shows up reversed, it is a heads up.

What are you doing? Are you messing things up, making someone jealous, cheating, lying? Are you doing the wrong thing, or are you suspicious of someone doing you wrong?

It is an anxiety card, and it tells you to sort it out and stop panicking. In other words, get that beast under control.

Strength, reversed, in a love reading may also come up if you are one who always puts themselves down, which can undermine and cause great damage to your love life.

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Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.

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