Strength Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
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 Card Combinations
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.
Strength > The Chariot: A powerful combination utilising both inner reserves and external efforts to accomplish your aims.
Strength > Temperance: Gentle persuasion restores harmony and balance.
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