Card Type: Major Arcana
Card Number: 8
Star Sign: Leo
Planet: The Sun
Other Names: Fortitude
Key Meaning: Inner Strength
The Strength Tarot card refers to inner strength. It indicates you are conquering your fears and inner demons.
🥰 Upright: Self-control, discipline, kindness
😒 Reversed: Fear, weakness, insecurity, aggression
Strength Tarot Card Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. A young woman stands next to a big male lion, leaning over his shoulder to close his jaws. She has long hair and is wearing a white ceremonial dress. The halo over her head, in the figure of eight or infinity, suggests that her actions are of a spiritual nature. This is almost like a rite of passage, but without witnesses. She smiles because, she is the only one who needs proof of her power. The higher strength here is not in the woman but in the pairing with the lion. Mind, body and spirit uniting with nature.
When the Strength Tarot card turns up in your reading, it means you are shining from the inside out. This card refers to inner strength, rather than the physical or outwardly strength of the Chariot card. It reminds us that strength can be kind and sensitive and that we can succeed without the need for aggression, boasting, or putting other people down. Your powers of persuasion are increasing, and people increasingly want to know what you think or feel. This card can appear as you grow older and wiser. But it may also appear if you are pursuing a path of spiritual enlightenment.
Other keywords associated with this card: respect for nature, acceptance, courage to live your own life, moral courage, confidence, emotional intelligence, great instincts and robust health.
What Zodiac Sign is the Strength Tarot Card?
Leo is the star sign assigned to the Strength card. Leo’s astrology glyph is a lion, so this pairing is a perfect match. Leo is the sign of bravery, generosity and respect.
The Sun is the planet assigned to the Chariot Tarot card. When we think of the sun, we think heat, light and vitality. The sun of course is a star, and it is the star other planets revolve around in the solar system. This is why the Strength card is also associated with stardom, particularly when you tap into your intuitive or feminine side.
In astrology, the Strength card rules the fifth house of pleasure, love and creativity.
The Strength card corresponds to the astrological element fire.
Romance: What does The Strength Mean when You Ask About Love?
When this card turns up in a love reading, the meaning will depend on your question. For example, if you asked:
💖 Will I find love? You are oozing sex appeal right now, don’t be afraid to use your seduction abilities when you see someone you like.
💖 Does he or she like me? The person you asked about prefers a partner who is kind, sensitive and not loud or boisterous. If that describes you, then the answer is yes.
💖 What is the future of our relationship? If you are patient and gentle, this relationship will endure. This card can mean you fit in well with your partner’s family.
More Relationship Guidance:
💖 In an argument, you are advised to pause and take a few deep breaths to avoid overreaction or saying something you’ll regret.
💖 You adopt a new pet, or bond with an animal. Your pet is your love.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify when You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the Strength, then here is your guidance:
⭕ You have only scratched the surface of what you are capable of achieving! Believe in yourself.
⭕ If you are experiencing challenges in work, business or study, you have the inner strength to keep going and finish the task at hand.
⭕ Your secret to success is utilizing both intuition and logic.
⭕ This card represents blending with other people, and so signifies a good working relationship. You fit in well!
Careers associated with this card include: Animal care, vet, diplomat, human resources, customer service, public relations, dentist, spiritual coach, nurse, healer, doctor, nutritionist and healthcare worker.
If you are considering hiring a candidate and this card appears, it means:
This candidate is excellent in working with other people and dealing with conflict. They keep a cool head, and choose their words carefully. This person is good at handling internal employee issues, as well as customer complaints.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of The Strength Tarot Card in a Money Reading?
If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive the Strength card, it can mean:
💲 You have what it takes to improve your finances or buy a big-ticket item like a car or home. Don’t rely on anyone else.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“Strength combined with 5 of Wands” – Handling conflict successfully
“Strength combined with Empress” – Cosmetic surgery makes you feel confident
“Strength combined with the Hermit” – Becoming a spiritual teacher
HEALTH: What does The Strength Card Mean when You Ask About Health?
In a health reading, the Strength generally signifies excellent heath, or making a full recovery after ill-health or an accident.
This card is also the ultimate card in Tarot for self-healing. You can work with spirit guides, angels and other divine powers to stimulate healing in yourself or someone else.
Health conditions associated with this card include: Back and heart problems. This card rules: heart and spine.
YES/NO: Does The Strength Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and this Tarot card turns up, then the answer is YES.
TIMING: Does The Strength Tarot Card Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 This card is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 The Strength card represents July 21 to August 23. If the card is reversed, timing will be longer – perhaps up to a year later, same date.
Karina’s Timing Method:
I am using a traditional major arcana timing method here, based on the zodiac sign assigned to each card.
What is the Meaning of The Strength Reversed?
When the Strength Tarot card is upside down then the woman is thrown aside and the lion is in control. This can mean:
✔️Allowing fear, insecurity or indecision to control you, and limit your potential.
✔️ Behaving as a weak person. For example, saying one thing, but doing another. Or keeping quiet when you know you should speak up.
✔️Not saying what you really want in a relationship, for fear of losing the person.
✔️Hiding behavior that makes you feel ashamed. Allowing inner darkness to spiral out of control.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: suppressed desires, guilt, repression, helplessness, manipulation, abuse of power and insensitivity. Animal cruelty.
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