What The Strength Card Means During Tarot Card Readings

The Strength Card is the Ninth card in the 22 trump cards (Major Arcana) and is associated with the number 8. In numerology, it is related to using your powers to make changes to achieve your personal goals. When it comes to Strength, we usually associate it with muscles, strong arms and toughness. Although the Strength Card can indeed be symbolised as physical strength and determination, it can also represent our inner strength. Having courage, hope, patience, perseverance, a strong spirit, balanced mind, self-control and willpower are qualities of inner strength.

A lady with flower garlands and an infinity halo is taming a lion as shown on the image of the Rider-Waite deck. The Strength card also associated with the zodiac sign of Leo. In astrological terms, Leo is ruled by the Sun, which represents your personal power/inner strength). The above qualities are needed to tame the lion and completely control it.

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The card appears when these qualities are most needed in life. It acts as a call to action for yourself you to develop all of the above traits. It may be the period of time when you are trying to tackle something you fear that takes you outside of your comfort zone such as public speaking, feeling hesitant about an event which might disrupt your daily routine, for example, dieting, quitting smoking/drinking or currently fighting an uphill battle in life.

Have the strength say no, take a step back and listen to your instincts. Strength is a reminder for you to be a pillar of strength for yourself and to others. Take the time to stay humble and feel secure within yourself. Your life will be more harmonious when you are grounded and balanced. The fear of failure and procrastination will prevent you from succeeding. Be in control. If not, the environment will control you. Training the mind spirit of your personality by keeping your mind free of clutter and keep your ego in check.

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In another aspect, in a relationship reading, the card may be telling you that someone is in need of playing it cool by showing some self-restraint. Probably you may be having conflicts with this person who could be your partner, family member, colleague etc.

The Strength card encourages you to stay on track and not to revert back into unhealthy patterns. You are stronger than you think. You have what it takes and do not give up.


by Marcus C. S. Tan