In the Rider-Waite-Smith-based tradition, the Strength tarot card shows a beautiful woman pressing the jaws of a lion closed. She has the infinity symbol over her head and she’s wearing a belt of flowers.
This card, also known as “The Healer,” takes the action-energy of The Chariot and adds in unconditional self-regard and centered confidence.
Along The Fool’s journey through the Major Arcana, this card represents the lessons you learn and the strength you gain when you understand and fully accept all aspects of yourself.
It’s like you know, deep in your soul, that you have the inner strength to overcome any obstacle in your path.
Yeah, you’ll be tested, but you don’t even care. You’ve got this.
There might be lessons about trust and betrayal, friends and enemies, or the façade versus reality. But you have the courage and inner confidence to survive and thrive through them all.
In some tarot decks, this card is given the number 11 (eleven) instead of 8 (eight), swapping places with the Justice card.
Keywords for the Strength Tarot Card
- Inner strength
- Power, energy, courage, action
- Unconditional acceptance of yourself
- Take control of your life
Keywords for the Strength Card Reversed
- Abuse of power
- Letting fear rule
- Discord, disgrace
- Things are out of your control
Patterns and Correspondences of the Strength Card
- Major Arcana = the lessons of your life’s path
- Zodiac sign = Leo, the lion
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Strength Tarot Card Meanings for Love
The Strength card is a bit more about pure animalistic lust than it is about love. Which, if that’s what you’re after, is a very fun thing.
If you are looking for a new relationship, be sure you are getting what you want. If you want a bit of fun, Strength shows up to point toward ways you can satisfy your desires.
If you’re looking for something serious, Strength shows up as a warning: you need to control your animal instincts and look for a deeper partnership. Don’t let chemistry (or the lack of it) rule your decisions. Look for the partners who make you feel good, happy, loving, and strong.
Love is the key to being fearless and brave. Loving and being loved are a strong foundation for courage.
When the Strength card arrives in a reading, it indicates you will be tested, but the unconditional love you feel (toward yourself and others) can help guide your way. And if you’re feeling lusty, go for it!
Strength Tarot Card Meanings for Work
You already have everything you need to overcome the obstacles in front of you. You have the power, energy, courage, and creativity to succeed. Now you need to take action and get to work!
If coworkers, clients, or other people in your professional world are giving you trouble, you need to take control. Set the rules and make sure everyone knows where you stand.
You hold the reins here. There may be tests along the way, but you will be successful.
If you are feeling uncertain about your future professional path, spend time assessing your personal strengths and weaknesses. Identify your natural talents and gifts, as well as the skills you’ve learned over time. Once you become intimately familiar with your unique abilities and interests, you can create a path perfect for you.
Strength Tarot Card Meanings for Health
The Strength card is a positive tarot card for abundant good health. It’s known as “the Healer,” after all.
You have the power to master your vices and the habits that are damaging your health. While you may not be able to control everything, you are in control when it comes to your thoughts, your choices, and your actions.
Be exceptionally kind to yourself and show yourself the unconditional love you deserve. When you “treat yourself,” treat yourself well. Don’t use sugar, alcohol, or avoidance activities. Make choices that give you even more power, more energy, and more life.
And if you are struggling with positive self-regard, ask for help from a professional. Sometimes we all need an outside perspective to show us where we are being held back by our own blindness and limiting beliefs.
Strength Tarot Card Meanings for Money and Finances
Keep to your plans and don’t lose hope. Things may not be going as well as you’d like, but you absolutely have the power and ability to control what matters.
You may not be able to control the stock market, or when you get paid, or even if you get paid at all. But you can control your thoughts, words, choices, and actions. And you have a lot of power there.
Ask yourself: Are you treating money with respect? Are you treating your money with respect? If you treated your best friend the way you treat money, would they want to hang out with you? If you treated your boss the way you treat money, would they give you more responsibility and trust?
The Universe wants you to be rich. It’s the only way you’ll be able to accomplish your biggest and most generous goals and dreams.
Being poor doesn’t serve anyone. (Who is actually served when you and people like you are poor? Who benefits when you are struggling and without influence or power?)
So, do you want to be rich or poor? And what are you going to do about it?
Strength Tarot Card Meanings for Spiritual Guidance
The spiritual lessons of the Strength card come from mastering yourself with acceptance and unconditional love.
On a daily basis, do you treat yourself as well as you treat the people/deities/energies/whatever you worship?
Do you think these people/deities/energies want you to suffer? Or do they want you to shine?
Who knows more, you or them?
If you are a believer, this is the ultimate WWJD question: Do you treat yourself with the unconditional love Jesus shows you?
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