What does the strength tarot card mean?

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The strength is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.


The Strength card usually depicts a woman with a mighty lion. Though the lion is a ferocious beast, the woman has tamed the animal and he is now under her command. This shows the strength of the woman’s love and compassion; she doesn’t use anger or force to control the lion, but commands him using love and affection. She wears a white robe and a flower belt and crown, which symbolise her pureness of spirit and connection to nature.


Similar to the Chariot, the Strength card represents fierce willpower and determination. The clue is in the name; you are in a place in your life when you are feeling powerful and able to face any challenges and overcome any obstacles in your path. There is a gentleness to your strength and you do not charge forward and get ahead by knocking down others; instead, you are subtle and controlled, and others can often be surprised because they have underestimated your power. You are very self-confident and you are able to trust your raw, gut instincts because you know that they are usually right. You are on a sure road to success.

Reverse Meaning

In reverse, the Strength card indicates that you are not currently feeling like your true self. You have lost touch with your inner power and strength and are not feeling particularly sure of yourself or your abilities. You may have recently been dealt a blow or had a setback that has knocked your confidence, and you are unsure about how to get back on your feet and recover from it.

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