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Strength Meaning - Major Arcana Tarot Card Meanings

By Tina Gong


Strength Keywords

Upright Keywords Reversed Keywords
courage, bravery, confidence, compassion, self-confidence, inner power self-doubt, weakness, low confidence, inadequacy, cowardice, forcefulness
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Strength Meaning - Original Rider Waite Tarot Depiction

Strength Tarot Card Description

In this tarot card, you will see a woman who calmly holds the jaws of a fully grown lion. Despite the fact that the lion looks menacing and strong, the woman seems to have dominion over it. What is captivating is how gracefully she controls the lion. She is calm and collected, which is representative for being in control and disciplined especially in times of great adversities.

The fact that she is also holding the jaws of a lion also shows that she has courage. Her control of the lion without being too rough shows love and compassion. The blue background over the mountains shows stability and the kind of calmness that comes with being stable. 

The lion is a symbol of courage, passion and desire which are very much part of the human feelings that are necessary for survival. But if these feelings are not put in check can lead to our eventual destruction.

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Upright Strength Meaning

When you get the Strength card in an upright manner during your tarot reading, then it shows that you have inner strength and fortitude during moments of danger and distress. It shows that you have the ability to remain calm and strong even when your life is going through immense struggle. It also shows that you are a compassionate person and you always have time for other people even if it's at your own expense.

Your resilience will greatly aid you, and your fearlessness means that you should have no issues speaking your mind.

Getting the strength card means that you are a very patient individual who is likely to accomplish anything that they put their mind to. Your resilience will greatly aid you, and your fearlessness means that you should have no issues speaking your mind. This card also indicates this kind of compassion will always be rewarded with having a lot of stability in your life either presently on in the near future.

Upright Love Meaning Upright Career Meaning Upright Finances Meaning
confidence drawing lovers, strong caring relationship self mastery at work, bold career moves, taking big steps large purchases, controlled spending

Upright Strength Tarot Love Meaning

You may find yourself in a passionate and fiery romance when you draw the Strength card in a love tarot reading. The intense feelings suggested by this card can indicate both a strong relationship, and also one that can be prone to anger, jealousy or other emotional explosions. There are both pros and cons with this kind of relationship. Alternatively, Strength’s tarot love meaning is one of compassion, empathy and inner strength; you may find that these qualities are bound to attract the partners that you need, or bring you and your existing partner closer together than ever. Empathy may give you greater insight to both yours and your partner’s needs and insecurities. Should you find yourself in an argument or in heated moments, it may be better for you to treat each other with patience and gentleness, rather than allowing your anger to take control.

Career Meaning - Upright Strength

If you could harness your animalistic instincts; your anger, your drive and passion, you can take big steps in your career. This doesn’t mean to let these instincts take over, but rather work in harmony with them, or channel them into productive use. Here is where you’ll be able to find your power; this card signals that you likely already have the talent and the skill, you only need to muster your courage to make big moves. If you’re looking for a promotion, do something to get noticed. If you’re looking to change your entire career, take the plunge and do it. If you’re dreaming about starting your own business, push yourself to take those next steps and just start.

Finances Meaning - Upright Strength

If you’ve been working well on controlling impulsive spending, it’s likely that you’ll find yourself in a comfortable position now. So long as you continue to exercise control, you should be fine. You may also be ready to make bold moves in terms of your purchases; perhaps putting your finances to work on something you’ve always been dreaming of.

Reversed Strength Meaning

An upside down Strength card can mean that you are (or about to) experience an intense anger or fear in your life. You seem to be lacking the inner strength that this card normally represents, meaning you might be experiencing fear, and a lack of conviction and confidence in your own abilities. This can mean that you have forgotten all about your passions and the kind of joy, happiness, and fulfillment that came with doing what you love. 

A reversed strength card in a reading might also mean that one is experiencing depression because of a number of reasons and because of that, it is draining all of the happiness from their lives.

One might end up being withdrawn from society because of the unhappiness or depression since they may feel people are the reason why they are so sad. It can also be a sign of jealousy, especially when everyone seems to be happy or excelling in every aspect of life while you are stagnating. This card indicates that you must learn to gain confidence in order to re-harness your inner strength.

Reversed Love Meaning Reversed Career Meaning Reversed Finances Meaning
self esteem issues, insecurity, negativity about love impostor syndrome, insecurity, fear of making big moves compulsive spending, hesitancy about spending

Reversed Strength Tarot Love Meaning

In a love tarot reading, when Strength is reversed, the card can signal a bit of codependency in your relationship. This may stem from some forms of insecurity that make it difficult for you and your partner to be more independent and pursue your own interests. Being full individuals with your own lives brings more to your partnership; it doesn’t detract from it. Make sure that there is a strong sense of trust in your partnership. A reversed Strength tarot love meaning can also indicate that force and power are becoming more apparent themes in your relationship. One partner may be becoming more and more domineering, instead of empathic and understanding. You may have to make sure that one partner’s needs aren’t being trampled over in favor of another’s.

Career Meaning - Reversed Strength

Have your fears been standing in the way of your career aspirations? The reversed Strength card suggests that you may have everything you need in order to find success, except perhaps a healthy dose of confidence and belief in yourself. You may constantly second-guess yourself, letting your anxiety and self-doubt take control and prevent you from making the choices that can propel your career forward. If you actually took a closer look at yourself, you would find that you are more capable than you actually believe. Trust in your own abilities, and others will trust you as well. 

Finances Meaning - Reversed Strength

Avoid compulsive spending now, as it can do more damage to your financial situation than usual. Alternatively this card can also suggest hesitancy about spending your money on things that can be helpful to you now, even if you may have an abundance of funds. There can be a feeling of financial insecurity, regardless of what your actual situation is.

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