VIII. Strength


Key words

Upright: fortitude, patience, compassion, influence

Reversed: apprehension, doubt, weakness, insecurity


An angelic figure gently holds a lion by the mouth and chin. The person wears a laurel wreath and a lemniscate floats above their head. They wear a white gown and a wreath of roses. Rather than subduing the lion with force, the person gains the lion’s trust with calm and compassionate energy. 


8: Achievement, sturdiness, protection, mastery

Strength Upright

Strength is not brute force. Strength is compassion, gentle influence, and a measured approach to challenging situations. The Strength card is a reminder to work with others rather than bending them to your will; to recognize and honor your anger, shame, and righteousness without letting those feelings consume you. If you are approaching burnout, be encouraged by The Strength card— you have what it takes to reach your goal. Be kind to yourself and others in the process. 

Strength Reversed

The Strength card in reverse can be an indicator that you are feeling vulnerable or lacking confidence. You may be holding back because you don’t want to fail, but refusing to try is a guaranteed path to failure. Strength in reverse may also indicate that you need to show patience or compassion to yourself or someone else in your life. Remember that compassion is not weakness; aggression is often a sign of cowardice.