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As the name implies, Strength is the card of strength. When you have received this card, it means that you will use your inner power to overcome difficulty.
Strength signals care and attentiveness. I often see this card when a seeker is in sick health. In a way, it is often a health card. Healing is possible if you make the effort to push through treatment. It is advisory that during this time you take care of your wants and needs; don’t feel guilty about saying no.
Strength can symbolize an increase in force, power and energy. Perhaps it marks a time when you will be (or should be!) visiting the gym and overhauling your lifestyle. Increase your activity levels and stick to a healthy diet.
Often, Strength can represent you taking care of someone else. This may be a disabled relative but it can also symbolize that you will enter the caring profession.
The typical design of a lady overpowering a lion speaks volumes to Strength’s interpretation. You must use your logic, talents and morality to overcome any challenges you face. Strength is often a positive sign that good will triumph over evil in the end. However, a happy ending is not guaranteed.
Sometimes, the card can serve as advice that you should be firm and stick up for yourself. Have the strength to stand tall against anyone who tries to knock you down.
In a reading which looks overly negative then the energy of Strength can become a problem. Perhaps you give too much of yourself to to people who do not deserve your time. You’re willing to accept less than you deserve. If this is the case, you’re needing to build some self-respect and demand to be treated how you treat others.
Strength’s Historical Meaning
Like many of the other Major Arcana, Strength holds the same meaning today which it did hundreds of years ago (the Minor Arcana is where Tarot gets juicy!)
Strength in a Love Reading
Many readers get rather confused when Strength appears in a romance Tarot reading because helping and assistance usually aren’t associated with love. Some Tarot pros read Strength positively because they say it shows persistence in the relationship. However, I read it different.
I would say that having Strength pop up in a love reading reflects an imbalance of effort. It says to me that you’re the one giving your all to the relationship while your partner sits back. Strength can also mean that your partner relies on you too much for support, so much that it is notable in your reading; you always have to stay strong for them. They may even have you walking on eggshells and you will support them either emotionally and financially.
When you’re performing a reading you want to ask yourself why one card would show up instead of another, especially if you feel like your cards are not giving you a straight answer. There are much more desirable love cards to come up than Strength. What is it about the power dynamic in your relationship which makes it so noticeable it will be a major theme in the future? Why would this turn up instead of the love you have for each other? Do you have the emotional energy to carry yourself and your partner?
Strength appearing in an outcome position shows you supporting your partner for the foreseeable future. It also looks like you’ll be the one who tries to keep the relationship together; the outcome could be dependent on how long you’re willing to do this.
Generally, if you want to know your partner’s feelings for you Strength can mean they care for you but they want you to do all of the chancing after them.
Alternatively, Strength can predict that you will have to look after your partner in older age due to declining health; this is always a possibility if you think your relationship will last the long term.
Strength in a Business Reading
The Strength card looks better for business readings than it does for love readings but it is still not a slam-dunk-guaranteed-rosy-future.
Strength is an okay card to get for a business reading because it predicts persistence. Persistence is needed to grow a company and this card says that you have it inside of you to push forward and really get things done.
However, if Strength appears in the outcome position of a business or career reading, it means that the outcome of your effort is uncertain. All that the card predicts is that you will attempt to put in the effort but it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get anything back in return. I would still take Strength as a positive omen because it tells me that at least you will try a monumental feat. I advise you to read this matter again once you are a bit further forward.
Strength as a Yes or No
For all health related or endurance questions, Strength is a yes. For everything else, the card is neutral (see: Yes or No Using Tarot Card Meanings).
Strength in a Positive Reading
In a positive reading, Strength can predict;
- Remaining strong
- Caring for others
- Finding your inner strength
- Having compassion
- Having a strong sense of responsibility
Strength in a Negative Reading
In a more negative reading or spread position, Strength can predict;
- Giving up yourself for the benefit of others
- People trying to knock you down
- Putting others first
- Willing to accept less than you deserve
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Card used in post is Strength from the Laughing Eye, Weeping Eye Tarot deck.