Strength Tarot Card Combinations & Meanings
VIII Strength Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Courage and endurance.
Strength Tarot Card Meanings
Depending upon which Tarot deck you’re using, for some people card VIII is Justice. I started with Tarot de Marseilles style deck so card XI was La Force, sometimes also known as Fortitude, Strength, or Lust in the Thoth deck. The Order of the Golden Dawn made the switch in order to accommodate the astrological sequence they adopted. Arthur Edward Waite was a member and, since most decks are styled after the Rider-Waite tradition, Strength is usually found as the card numbered VIII. (I receive quite a few emails asking about this so hope it provides at least a very brief explanation).
Although the card depicts a lion, which many associate with courage, the animal walks subdued at the woman’s side without aggressive action on her part. Whilst the card may be called Strength it refers to inner strength, which could be argued as a more powerful and effective quality than brute force. For some, it demonstrates the ability to conquer and control the nature of the inner beast.
When the Strength card appears in your Tarot reading it suggests the need to call upon your inner courage, to have grace under pressure with the strength to endure. It’s a time of quiet determination, to keep your head down and keep going - I often think, “Keep calm and carry on,” with this card, as it’s one of true grit!
The ability to deal with matters in a calm and gentle manner, using tact and diplomacy, but with an unwavering will, fits well with the tag of ‘fortitude.’ Strength would be similar to the iron fist in a velvet glove, more powerful than it appears, proving that it’s not what you do but more how you go about it that secures the desired result. I’ve found that people normally achieve success with this card, if they heed the message of Strength and go about things in the right way.
If reversed or badly aspected it can show weakened strength or determination, not claiming your inner power, being hesitant and backing off, losing heart.
Strength Tarot Combinations & Meanings
Strength > The Fool
When Strength is followed by The Fool it may suggest that you’re forging ahead with courage and fortitude in order to pursue a completely new and unfamiliar path. It may be a new life adventure that you’re fairly determined to embark upon and tends to indicate drawing upon your inner strength in order to get there. For some, it may represent a surprising turn of events following a period of endurance.
Strength > The Magician
As a combination, Strength followed by The Magician suggests mastering inner conflicts empowers you to manifest desires. Your resilience transforms into skilful action, turning potential into reality. It's a journey from inner strength to the creative manifestation of your goals. Your actions are backed by determined conviction and you’re prepared to play the long game to get to where you need to be.
Strength > The High Priestess
Strength followed by The High Priestess can indicate mastering your emotions and instincts, leading to a deeper understanding of the mysteries within. Your inner strength aligns with intuition, unlocking profound insights and hidden knowledge, guiding you on a spiritual journey. For some, it may suggest important information will be revealed as you pursue a situation with courage and endurance.
Strength > The Empress
Strength leading to The Empress suggests that inner resilience and courage lead to a nurturing phase of growth and abundance. You are driven by a quiet and understated determination to draw upon reserves of inner strength, and your endurance can successfully bring matters to fruition with an abundant harvest for your efforts.
Strength > The Emperor
Strength followed by The Emperor signifies that mastering your inner strength can empower you to establish order and to take control or responsibility of a situation. Your resilience and ability to endure may lead to a position of authority and leadership, where you can assert influence and structure in your endeavours. The diplomatic and gentle qualities of the Strength card can help to balance out the tougher aspects of The Emperor and leads to a successful outcome that brings stability. Quietly powering through…
Strength > The Hierophant
Strength leading to The Hierophant may suggest that you’re digging in deep with inner strength and courage when dealing with a situation, and this could lead to seeking guidance and wisdom from a traditional institution or a mentor. For some it may show that your resilience aligns with a structured, spiritual path, fostering growth and understanding within established beliefs.
Strength > The Lovers
Strength followed by The Lovers suggests that mastering inner strength and courage brings harmony and balance to relationships. Your resilience in facing challenges can create a foundation for deep connections and choices guided by love and unity. Strength can be a sign of underlying passions that are being kept in check and under control, but it can create a magnetic quality in relationships.
Strength > The Chariot
Strength followed by The Chariot signifies that harnessing inner strength propels you forward to exert your will with great determination. Your resilience becomes the driving force, leading to triumph over obstacles. This combination can suggest a journey of overcoming challenges with unwavering resolve, achieving success and control on both an inner and outer level.
Strength > The Hermit
Strength followed by The Hermit can suggest a period of endurance that requires quiet determination and inner strength will lead to a time of introspection and inner guidance. Your resilience paves the way for self-discovery and wisdom, guiding you to find answers within during a solitary and reflective phase.
Strength > Wheel of Fortune
Strength followed by The Wheel of Fortune signifies that inner strength and courage set the wheel of destiny in motion. Your resilience influences positive change, leading to a cycle of good fortune and opportunities. Embrace the shifts with confidence and adaptability. If you have been quietly enduring a difficult situation with good grace then be assured that change is on the horizon.
Strength > Justice
Strength followed by Justice suggests that mastering inner strength leads to a fair and just resolution. Your resilience aligns with the principles of balance and integrity, resulting in a situation where fairness prevails, and rightful outcomes are achieved. If you have a legal situation to deal with, or are chasing a contract, quiet determination will see you through – stick with it.
Strength > The Hanging Man
Strength followed by The Hanging Man may feel like a test of endurance, for despite pulling on your inner reserves of courage and determination it may seem as though you hit a brick wall. The Hanging Man suspends matters, and sometimes the best course of action is to surrender to it in order to shift your perspective to find a new solution.
Strength > Death
Strength indicates dealing with a situation that requires courage and inner strength, so with this combination much will depend upon the context, background, question, and other cards present etc., as Death brings something to a close. If you’re enduring a situation but persevering with determination then Death suggests this will soon be coming to an end, so this may be a relief. However, if this isn’t the response you’re hoping for in relation to your efforts then it might be time to reconsider your strategy.
Strength > Temperance
Strength followed by Temperance suggests that mastering inner strength leads to balance and harmony, where fortitude and resilience align with patience and moderation. There’s an overlap of interpretation in relation to dealing with situations with diplomacy and a gentle touch and, for some, healing and renewal may be in the mix.
Strength > The Devil
Strength indicates that your inner strength and resilience may be tested, as The Devil adds a sense of heaviness to that which you’re enduring. For some, it’s possible that you’re feeling fairly determined and building up the courage to execute secret plans which you’re currently keeping under wraps for the time being. There can be elements of secrecy.
Strength > The Tower
Strength followed by The Tower suggests that despite courage and inner strength, unforeseen disruptions lie up ahead. Your resilience may face unexpected challenges and upheavals, emphasising an unpredictable nature to an unfolding situation. On this occasion, fortitude may not be sufficient to overcome forthcoming events so a new plan may be required.
Strength > The Star
Strength followed by The Star indicates that mastering inner strength brings hope and inspiration. Your resilience leads to a period of healing and renewal, aligning with a brighter and more optimistic future. Your plans show promise and your determination will see you through, keep going.
Strength > The Moon
Whilst Strength indicates courage and resilience The Moon can suggest that you’re heading into a period of uncertainty. Whatever circumstances you may be dealing with and are prepared to endure as you determinedly march on, it may feel as though you don’t have the full picture. The Moon can represent veiled activity, or a sense of smoke and mirrors, and secrecy may be relevant, so it would be best to wait before making important decisions until all the facts have emerged.
Strength > The Sun
Strength shows that you display fortitude, with grace under pressure and the strength to endure. Your courage and resilience to determinedly pursue your path leads to a successful outcome, and your efforts will bring happiness and contentment.
Strength > Judgement
Strength followed by Judgement may suggest that having courage and inner strength to continue on a particular path will lead to the situation being resurrected and revived, so your efforts can bring something back to life. Depending upon context and other factors present, for some it may suggest reconciliation.
Strength > The World
Strength suggests that courage and fortitude to determinedly march on will result in a successful and triumphant conclusion. Your efforts will attain the completion and fulfilment that you seek, and although this will be achieved over a period time it will be worth it!
Strength > Ace of Wands
Strength followed by the Ace of Wands suggests that quiet determination in the pursuit of a new beginning can secure the desired result. You may be embarking upon a new venture or project that’s surrounded by excitement and enthusiasm. A whole new way of life may be indicated for some.
Strength > Two of Wands
Strength leading to the Two of Wands can represent drawing upon inner strength and courage as you take the initial steps towards your goal. Working partnerships may be relevant for some.
Strength > Three of Wands
Strength followed by the Three of Wands indicates that your inner strength and fortitude leads to progress and expansion. The accomplishment of initial goals provides confidence toward making future plans. Commercial ventures may be relevant for some.
Strength > Four of Wands
Strength followed by the Four of Wands suggests that quiet determination and inner strength leads to stability, as your plans come together and provides a brief pause in activity for rest and relaxation. Wedding plans may feature for some.
Strength > Five of Wands
Strength leading to the Five of Wands can suggest that you’re drawing upon inner strength as you enter a period of petty obstacles or a competitive environment. Your resilience could be tested so there may be a need for diplomacy and a gentle touch when dealing with others.
Strength > Six of Wands
This combination suggests that you have the ability to endure; harnessing inner strength brings triumph and recognition for your determined efforts. Your resilience leads to a successful outcome and represents a journey from personal strength to acclaim from others.
Strength > Seven of Wands
Strength followed by the Seven of Wands suggests that you’re quietly determined over a situation and drawing upon inner strength in readiness to defend your position in relation to it. Your fortitude leads to overcoming challenges and standing your ground in the face of opposition
Strength > Eight of Wands
Strength leading to the Eight of Wands shows that your tenacity and determined efforts will pay off and events will pick up pace following a period of endurance. Fortitude leads to rapid advancement and swift developments, with good news and messages coming in with speed, surrounded by dynamic energy. Travel may feature for some.
Strength > Nine of Wands
Strength followed by the Nine of Wands suggests that mastering inner strength leads to resilience in the face of challenges. Your continued perseverance symbolizes a journey of steadfast determination and enduring fortitude.
Strength > Ten of Wands
Strength leading to the Ten of Wands suggests that despite determined effort your resilience faces challenges. It may be worth reviewing your plans, as this route leads to increased burdens or responsibilities, which could leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Strength > Page of Wands
Strength followed by the Page of Wands can represent that showing courage and inner strength results in receiving good news or messages in relation to career or work matters.
Strength > Knight of Wands
This combination can suggest that endurance and tenacity will be required in relation to achieving a house move, or relocation if connected to work. Renovations may be indicated but it usually brings a good deal of movement within the home environment. Travel may be relevant for some.
Strength > Ace of Cups
Strength signifies inner courage and resilience. When followed by the Ace of Cups, it can suggest that embracing emotional strength leads to a new and fulfilling beginning for love and happiness.
Strength > Two of Cups
Having inner resilience and the ability to endure to overcome challenges can strengthen a relationship, leading to a balanced and harmonious connection in a relationship with a loved one.
Strength > Three of Cups
You have great reserves of inner strength that will you see you through and your efforts will bring cause for celebrations with others.
Strength > Four of Cups
Whilst you may be prepared to put in an enormous amount of consistent effort it’s possible that you run out of steam as matters progress. It could be that things take longer or are tougher than you anticipate, but it leaves you feeling jaded and discontent.
Strength > Five of Cups
You may place a good deal of effort into attaining something and pull upon all you inner reserves to do so. However, this combination suggests that you could feel disappointed and have some regrets when you get there.
Strength > Six of Cups
Strength followed by the Six of Cups may suggest that quiet determination and the ability to endure leads to people or places from the past reappearing on your radar. Old friends and contacts can be helpful toward your efforts.
Strength > Seven of Cups
Strength reflects inner resilience and together with the Seven of Cups, it can suggest that finding inner strength helps to open up options and choices and to navigate through illusions.
Strength > Eight of Cups
Strength followed by the Eight of Cups can indicate finally giving up on your efforts and abandoning something you have been determinedly pursuing as it no longer fulfils you. For some, it may suggest that inner strength provides the courage to walk away from something that no longer serves you, in order to pursue a more fulfilling path.
Strength > Nine of Cups
Strength leading to the Nine of Cups suggests that with inner strength and resilience you can overcome challenges to attain the realisation of a heartfelt wish and achieve your desire.
Strength > Ten of Cups
Strength followed by the Ten of Cups can indicate that overcoming challenges with quiet determination brings happiness and contentment to a committed relationship and family life. The power of love may be a driving force that provides the fortitude to endure, and results in emotional fulfilment for you and your loved ones.
Strength > Page of Cups
Having inner resilience to keep powering through with quiet determination brings happy news of an emotional nature that you’re pleased to receive
Strength > Knight of Cups
Strength followed by the Knight of Cups suggests that your inner strength and enduring efforts lead to an offer, proposal, or invitation being received.
Strength > Ace of Swords
This is a powerful combination and shows that if you can pull together all your inner resources of strength, courage, and determination, you can triumph over adversity. It brings a clear decisive breakthrough that leads to a fresh new beginning. No stopping you with this one!
Strength > Two of Swords
Strength combined with the Two of Swords can show that your inner resilience loses momentum as the situation progresses. The path you’re traveling upon is heading for a stalemate and plans can become gridlocked. Indecision may play a part so ensure you’re clear with your plans and act decisively.
Strength > Three of Swords
Whilst you may be feeling very determined regarding something you’re quietly pursuing it may be worth double-checking your direction of travel. Strength followed by the Three of Swords suggests there may be problems with others up ahead, with quarrels and stormy emotions indicated. Ease up, as others may not be happy about your approach.
Strength > Four of Swords
Strength followed by the Four of Swords represents rest and recovery following strain and a period of determined efforts. Whilst your situation may require fortitude and endurance to keep pushing forward, be careful of overdoing it. Generally, it would tend to suggest you should get to where you want to be and then have the opportunity to recover but know your limits.
Strength > Five of Swords
This combination warns that your inner resilience may meet with challenges, as others may have a hidden agenda or are prepared to undermine your efforts to take advantage of the situation. Stay aware for dishonesty and underhanded tactics around you.
Strength > Six of Swords
Strength signifies inner resilience. Paired with the Six of Swords, it suggests that utilizing inner strength enables a journey from difficulty to calmer waters, indicating a successful transition and improvement to the situation.
Strength > Seven of Swords
Strength followed by the Seven of Swords suggests getting your ducks in a row and seeing through your game plan with a great deal of care and attention. Strength represents inner resilience to push forward with quiet determination, whilst the Seven of Swords is a card of stealth and strategy.
Strength > Eight of Swords
This combination suggests that despite best efforts you may meet with restrictions or limitations to your plans. Be careful of allowing mental monsters to cast doubts and restraints on your ability.
Strength > Nine of Swords
Strength signifies inner resilience. Followed by the Nine of Swords, it suggests that despite inner strength, worries and anxiety may arise. The final outcome involves confronting and easing mental distress through applying courage and inner fortitude.
Strength > Ten of Swords
Strength followed by the Ten of Swords suggests that despite determined efforts, drawing upon all your inner strength and tenacity, plans may meet with challenges that result in a disappointing ending. Reconsider plans for alternatives before pursuing further.
Strength > Page of Swords
Strength leading to the Page of Swords can indicate that your inner resilience will meet with delays or some slightly disappointing news up ahead. This should only be minor in nature but could test your limits of endurance.
Strength > Knight of Swords
Keep determinedly pushing through with courage and determination as you will shortly feel the wind in your sails. This combination is similar to pushing a rock uphill then watching it gather momentum as it rolls down the other side. The Knight of Swords brings swift and decisive action into play to speed up events.
Strength > Ace of Pentacles
Pursuing your aims with inner strength and quiet determination leads to a new beginning for wealth and prosperity. Your efforts are preparing the groundwork for a solid foundation upon which to build for the future. Important financial documents may be relevant for some.
Strength > Two of Pentacles
Strength represents fortitude and paired with the Two of Pentacles, it suggests that harnessing inner strength can help navigate fluctuating circumstances, bringing balance and adaptability to challenging situations.
Strength > Three of Pentacles
Strength followed by the Three of Pentacles suggests that utilising resilience and inner strength leads to mastery of your skills in your main career or employment, where your talents are recognised by others.
Strength > Four of Pentacles
You may be very focussed upon your material ambitions and prepared to power through with quiet determination in order to achieve them. For some, overcaution could prevent progress, a calculated risk may be needed.
Strength > Five of Pentacles
A situation that you’re pursuing with resilience and inner strength may meet with financial challenges, as the Five of Pentacles suggests temporary hardship or loss. Review budgets and spending in advance to help navigate material matters.
Strength > Six of Pentacles
Your quiet determination and inner strength meets with the favourable support of others who will be kind and generous toward you. Gifts, benefactors, and charitable acts can feature.
Strength > Seven of Pentacles
Strength followed by the Seven of Pentacles can suggest that finding inner strength leads to a period of patient investment and cultivation, resulting in growth and fruitful rewards for your efforts.
Strength > Eight of Pentacles
Utilising inner strength and enduring with quiet determination can help you land a new job or study course placement. For those in business or self-employed it can bring new work or clients. You’re prepared to put in the effort to polish and hone your skills.
Strength > Nine of Pentacles
Your fortitude and tenacity to keep your head down and keep pushing through can yield bumper results, as it leads to a period of personal prosperity; determination and self-sufficiency renders a period of comfort and abundance.
Strength > Ten of Pentacles
Your inner resilience and persistent efforts can result in stability for home and family with material abundance and generational prosperity. Property matters may feature for some.
Strength > Page of Pentacles
Strength suggests that fortitude can bring good news concerning material affairs. For some, it may indicate quietly and consistently putting in the effort will result in receiving good news and messages concerning an academic situation.
Strength > Knight of Pentacles
Strength followed by the Knight of Pentacles can indicate that inner resilience guides a methodical and disciplined approach. Harness your inner strength for steady progress and dedicated efforts in practical matters, as a longstanding situation will come to fruition.
Strength > Ace of Wands > Nine of Cups: Finding the courage to pursue your dream and making it happen.
Nine of Wands > Strength: Patiently persevering with determination and good grace.
Five of Cups > Strength: endurance after an upset in a difficult situation, picking yourself back up regardless and soldiering on.
Five of Pentacles > Strength > Two of Pentacles: Determination and resilience in the face of adversity successfully resets the balance.
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