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8. Strength

Sometimes displayed as XI or VIII Strength, it is one of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck that make up the Major Arcana or Trump Cards. In most traditional decks it is also the eighth Trump of the 22 Trump cards.



 0 The Fool

 1 The Magician

 2 The High Priestess

 3 The Empress

 4 The Emperor

 5 The Hierophant

 6 The Lovers

 7 The Chariot

 8 Strength

 9 The Hermit

10 The Wheel of Fortune

11 Justice

12 The Hanged Man

13 The Death Card

14 Temperance

15 The Devil

16 The Tower

17 The Star

18 The Moon

19 The Sun

20 Judgement

21 The World

Ace of Cups

Ace of Wands

Ace  of Pentacles

Ace of Swords




Strength - Meaning of the Symbols

The Strength Tarot Card The Strength tarot card symbolizes the female inner strength and courage. The lion symbolizes the male's aggressive strength and pride, the woman's white robes symbolize the feminine energy that controls the lion. The wreath on her head with the infinity symbol above tells us her powers are without limit.
We all possess her powers within us but are we strong enough to realize we have them, and use them wisely.

The Strength tarot card is one of the most powerful tarot cards in the tarot deck. It refers to one’s ability to find courage and resilience under the most difficult circumstances. It can often reflect the true fortitude of one’s inner being. In tarot readings, the strength card is a sign that one’s raw instincts must be mastered through sensitivity and gentleness. It’s important to note, however, that the power of one’s raw instincts should not be ignored nor detested. They are a part of us that must be understood in order to fully grasp the human condition and to achieve inner balance.

In traditional tarot symbolism, a lion’s mouth is gently grasped by a maiden. Although interpretations can vary, most believe she is closing the lion’s mouth. The Strength tarot card refers to balance, discipline and self-control. The lion represents our primordial drives and the young maiden represents the “higher” mind or one’s conscience that can tame it.

In tarot readings, the Strength card encourages self-awareness, particularly in reference to one’s primal motivations, emotions and impulses. In this regard, the higher mind serves to temper them and redirect its energy in a positive way. The Strength tarot card thus represents the balance between the intuitive feminine and rational masculine parts of our selves. Inner strength comes from the harmony and equilibrium of these two aspects of the self.

Tarot Symbolism of the Lion

In tarot symbolism, the Lion can be a symbol of our animal natures. The Lion represents the life force and inner energy which propels us forward. It is the life instinct or primal “id” and often can be interpreted as one’s raw passion or motivating forces.

The Lion can also be a symbol of courage and bravery. The lion is the epitome of raw power and he uses this energy as a means to face obstacles, struggles and/or confrontations. In many ways the lion is our ally as we rely on his courage to follow the path of our own heart.

The Lion is associated to the masculine element of fire. Fire belongs to the Suit of Wands and the wands can refer to one’s sexuality, fertility and potency. As a result, the Lion not only represents the male parts on one's self, it can also represent one’s sexuality and the more aggressive side of our natures. In some cases the image of a lion can serve as a warning that one’s need to conquer or overpower others is causing unnecessary conflict or dissent.

Finally, the symbol of the lion can also be associated to the astrological sign of Leo. In tarot readings, the Strength card can be affiliated to a person who was born under the astrological sign of Leo or to someone whom may have the personality traits of a Leo.

Tarot Symbolism of the Maiden

The Strength tarot card also represents the power of the feminine elements of the psyche. This is clearly represented by the young maiden who gently grasps the lion. Her power comes from a higher consciousness or higher mind. It is from this source that she manages and subdues the raw instincts of the lion. She is a reminder that true power comes from diplomacy, balance and consideration.

Her grasp upon the lion is neither aggressive nor domineering. Rather, it is benign. This reflects the concept of love and trust. The maiden opens herself to the potent male impulses, but gentleness prevails through her feminine love and kindness. The Strength tarot card can often imply that there needs to be a greater sense of self-love or self-care. In some circumstances the Strength card can reflect a denial of certain aspects of the self or can simply be a symbol of self-loathing. The Strength card can serve as a reminder that all parts of ones self must be loved and honored.

Tarot Symbolism of the Crown of Flowers

Upon the maidens head, rests a crown of flowers. This is a symbol of the maiden’s association to the Empress. The Maiden represents the young Empress, who is learning how to master her feminine power. The flowers are a symbol of her association to nature and fertility.

Tarot Symbolism of Leminscate

A leminscate rests above the maiden’s head. As a symbol of spirituality, the leminscate represents the need to apply spiritual principles to all situations. More importantly, the leminscate reminds one that spiritual principles can provide power and strength that is infinite. It is also serves as a warning that without spirituality as a guide, power and control can be misused.















  The Strength Correspondences and Associations.


Defining Keywords
Inner strength. Wisdom, Courage. Confidence. Willpower. Fortitude.

The Strength cards Meaning.
Look within yourself to find the strength to overcome the challenges life throws at you.

Strength Reversed.
Giving in to doubts and negatives. Inability to keep to your convictions.

The Magicians gift of Strength is needed at the start of the second 'Inner World' phase of the Fools journey.


Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative

The Sun is in Leo between about 23rd July and 22nd August.

The lion is the King of the Beasts, and Leo is King of the Zodiac. His royal presence demands respect, and he bestows generous largesse on all. Zodiac Lions are like the Sun itself, warm and radiant, ready to help great and small, and if your Sun is in Leo you will give without counting the cost...but you do like to be thanked. No-one is kinder than a Lion, but you can be badly hurt if people ignore or misunderstand you.

If Leo is your Rising Sign, you're naturally cheerful, and walk out onto the world's stage with a smile on your face. People are drawn to you, heads turn, and ...let's be honest... you love it! You're neither proud nor pushy, but sometmes people see you like that, and that can make you feel very lonely, yet not for long, for you soon bounce back and are your old cheerful self. Naturally romantic, you love to have a mate who is as loyal to you as you are to him or her.


16 Sowilo: (S: The sun.) Success, goals achieved, honor. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire. Sowilo Merkstave (Sowilo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): False goals, bad counsel, false success, gullibility, loss of goals. Destruction, retribution, justice, casting down of vanity. Wrath of god.

16. Sowilo: What you strive to be, you already are. You are receiving good counsel, and this is a time for good hope. It promises good fortune in any journey, especially one over water. This is the time for recharging and regenerating yourself. If you must retreat from pressing situations, make it a retreat in strength, not weakness. Let the Sun illuminate the secrets you hid even from yourself. This Rune may symbolize a sailor, a traveler or a teacher.















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