Strength Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
VIII Strength Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Inner strength, gentleness with quiet determination. 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. Although 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 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 diplomacy, tact and persuasion, but with a resolute 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.
For a woman in connection to relationship questions, this card can also indicate a certain magnetic quality and charm that makes her attractive to the opposite sex.
If reversed or badly aspected it can show weakened strength or resolve, not claiming your inner power, being hesitant and backing off, losing heart.
Similar or supporting cards: In the Life Spread, the Nine of Wands is often found nearby to reinforce the message of pulling on inner reserves. Temperance (patience and balance) .
Opposing or contradictory cards: The Chariot is similar but expressed more outwardly so slightly different, (Similar yet different, in the same way we find with The Empress and The Emperor).
Strength Tarot Card Combinations:
Five of Cups > Strength: endurance after a difficult situation, picking yourself back up regardless and soldiering on.
Nine of Wands > Strength > Knight of Pentacles: in for the long haul, perseverance and courage will finally pay off but could take time.
> Eight of Cups: gathering resolve to leave a situation.
> The Chariot > Ace of Swords: inner and outer resolve in order to overcome setbacks, an unstoppable force.
Seven of Swords > Strength: using tact and diplomacy to accomplish aims, charming the birds out the trees…
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