Strength Tarot Card Meaning

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- June 25, 2022
Written by Aimi Davis 
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Strength Tarot Card Key Facts

  • The Strength tarot card is the eight card in the Major Arcana.
  • It is traditionally associated with the astrological sign of Leo.
  • The card depicts a woman taming a lion.
  • The card can be a positive or negative sign, depending on the context of the reading.

The eighth card in Major Arcana, The Strength Tarot Card, proceeds to The Chariot.

The Chariot speaks to overcoming obstacles in your path towards success.

The Strength Tarot Card signifies inner strength and conquering your inner turmoil. 

Your doubts, fears and insecurities are creating limitations for you, and they can only be overcome with compassion and patience.

Strength is a sign that you need to tame your emotions.

Without control, you could degenerate into little more than a savage beast. 

You need to become your most prominent advocate and defender. 

If you want to be more than who or what you are now, your internal dialogue needs to shift and become more positive.

Keyword and Symbolism


  • Inner Strength
  • Courage
  • Bravery
  • Confidence 
  • Compassion
  • Taming
  • Control 
  • Overcoming Self-Doubt


  • Vulnerability
  • Self-Doubt
  • Weakness
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Lack Of Confidence
  • Feeling Inadequate

Strength Tarot Upright Meaning

In the upright position, Strength signifies self-mastery. 

A woman, symbolic of feminine energy, calmly holds the jaws open of a wild beast, a lion.

She is keeping the animal under control in a situation that could quite easily be fatal to her. 

The lion is symbolic of courage, passion and desire.

To maintain control over this lion within each of us, we need to allow our feminine side to maintain order.

The wild beast within each of us has the potential to destroy the harmonious balance within. 

Strength is needed to establish control over yourself and reach your full potential.   

How to interpret the upright position?

The Strength Tarot Card arrives as a sign that you are more capable than you believe. 

The relationship between the woman and lion in the card shows harmony between two opposing forces, the beast tamer and the beast itself. 

Concerning you and your life, this is a time to work on controlling your raw passions. 

The mountains represent challenges, and the pillar represents stability. 

If you can tame your inner beast, your challenges will dissipate, and you will enjoy stability in your life. 

Love and relationships

In a relationship context, Strength is usually a promising omen.

It speaks to a strong bond and united front. 

If there has been some uncertainty or disharmony between you and your partner, Strength indicates that this will end. 

The two of you will come through this situation better than you were before. 

If you’re single, a relationship with Leo is a possibility. 

You’re in an excellent place to meet someone new, be wary of how quickly you rush into things.

Your new partner might have somewhat of a wild streak, and you will first have to come to terms with this before getting serious. 

You might have to become a stable presence in their life and “tame” them, but this cannot be done with force.

For a successful new relationship, you must be compassionate, sensitive and patient. 

Money and career

In a career reading, your career aspirations are attainable. 

But, you will have to be in control of your emotions for this to happen. 

You are qualified, have the skills, and the potential, but your inner voice needs to be courageous and cheer you on from within. 

Whatever your hopes for the future are, bold career moves take confidence and self-belief and be there for you. 

Financially you find yourself struggling with some level of impulse control. 

Frugality is not the only answer. 

However, more time considering what is best for you financially will serve your interests in the long run. 

Health and spirituality

Strength is a promising card to receive in a health reading upright position. 

You should be enjoying good health, feeling energetic and fit. 

Now is the perfect time to capitalise on your good health.

You should practice a higher level of control over your lifestyle and how it affects your health. 

Spiritually your inner voice is allowing you to improve your relationship with your higher self. 

Trust in this new relationship as it will give you the resilience and determination that you will need to weather any storm and accomplish your goals. 

The more you trust in the relationship with yourself, the more harmony you can expect to enjoy in your life. 

If there have been hard times, they’ve made you who you are today. 

You have endured. You have survived, and things will begin to get better. 

Strength Tarot Reversed Meaning

Strength in the reversed position indicates that you’re going through some emotional upheaval in your life. 

Feelings of anger, fear and doubt will creep up on you, and your sense of inner strength and resolve will be tested. 

It's not uncommon for people to lose sight of their potential. 

What makes you happy and brings you joy and fulfilment are potent allies in the face of what is to come. 

Disruptive energies are at work right now, and you will need to find a way to believe in yourself and your ability as much as the universe does. 

Depression may also be a factor to consider.

It’s best to consult a professional if you feel the weight of things is too much. 

Remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

On the contrary, it is a sign of personal awareness and strength - good attributes for anyone to possess. 

Know that all the trials you face have a purpose and that this too shall pass if faith in yourself is developed or restored. 

How to interpret the reversed position?

Where the upright interpretation speaks to your ability to control your instinctual urges and balance your humanity.

The reversed position indicates that you lack this necessary balance in your life. 

Your sense of reason, and logic, is being overruled by emotions such as fear, anxiety, low self-esteem and a diminished perception of yourself. 

Avoid any negativity in your life, objectively gather some perspective on your achievements and let the strength you possess shine through. 

Your flaws make you human, but don’t focus on them and exclude everything else. 

Focus on the positive, surround yourself with positive people and influences, and manifest positivity as you grapple with your untamed emotions. 

Love and relationships (reversed)

If you’re single, a string of failed relationships stems from your inability to impose actual boundaries and controls in your life. 

Self-esteem issues and a lack of impulse control have caused fractures and unpleasant exchanges with partners with whom you could have had a future. 

Sadly your doubts and insecurities regularly get in the way of your happiness. 

Self-belief is a powerful force.

Make peace with your past, resolve your issues, and the right person will appear to you. 

In relationships, there is much work to be done. 

You, your partner, or even a combination, need to do some deep reflection. 

There is so much potential between the two of you for joy, peace and love, but as individuals, you cannot transcend past your feelings of inferiority, jealousy and trust. 

Don’t let these feelings derail what could be. 

Instead, put your faith in one another, and believe that you ultimately want what is best for you. 

Money and career (reversed)

The mountain in front of you is only so imposing because you have yet to start your climb. 

The fear and anxiety you experience in your work life inhibit you from showing off your full potential. 

If you want to get ahead and climb that mountain, you’ll have to believe that you can do it, which you can, and then start. 

Fear of failure and possible imposter syndrome is what you’re suffering from. 

Don’t let opportunities pass you by because you are afraid to fall. 

Embrace the journey, and revel in the challenges because you are worthy.

You just need to see yourself doing it to believe it's true. 

Financially you need to be in absolute control.

So any impulsive decisions need to be avoided.  

Your situation may not be this stable for long, so be cautious and keep firm tabs on where your money is going. 

Health and spirituality (reversed)

In reverse, you are in good shape, and your health is not a concern. 

However, you may be letting the reins go a bit and picking up some habits that could be detrimental to your short-term and long-term health. 

Reestablish control over your health. 

Small positive changes will see you reach a positive outlook. 

Spiritually, this card, in reverse, suggests that your feelings negatively influence your ability to connect with your spirit. 

Negative emotions cloud our judgment and make it harder for us to commune with our higher spirit. 

Try to let go of your pain and fear.

Your spirit will assist you if you listen. 

Is Strength A Yes or No Question?

It is a yes.

When you draw Strength, it speaks to your ability to harness your feminine powers, trust your intuition and back yourself. 

What tarot card goes with Strength?

The eleventh card, Justice, is a good card combination with Strength. 

Establishing true control and having the right outcome simultaneously signifies that your ability to control behaviour has put you in a rewarding position.

How can strength help me become more confident?

The Strength tarot card can help you become more confident in a number of ways. First, the card can represent your inner strength, which you can draw upon when you need to be confident.

Second, the card can also represent the strength of your relationships, giving you confidence knowing that you are supported.

Finally, the card can also suggest that it is time to take some risks and have faith in yourself, which can lead to increased confidence.

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