Strength is the card of strength, compassion, influence, persuasion, and determination. A woman is gently stroking a lion—she has completely tamed this wild beast. Strength shows what is possible when resilience and kindness is applied to a situation. Sometimes, it is not brute force, but inner strength that makes the most impact on a person or a relationship.
Strength is not a traditional “love” card, and many readers get confused when it shows up in a love reading. Does it literally mean that someone feels strongly about you? There are many other cards that speak to romantic passion, so we have to ask ourselves, what is Strength trying to say in particular? As you’ll see, I interpret Strength as speaking to the dynamics between people. In love readings, Strength asks us to consider the balance of power and care in a relationship.
If Strength appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is resilient yet diplomatic. They’re masters of soft power. It is astrologically associated with Leo. Because Leo is a masculine sign, this card carries an active, demonstrative, sometimes even aggressive energy. We all have a little bit of both energies expressed in a balanced way, regardless of which gender we identify as. Because this is a Major Arcana card, some of these defining traits make up a major part of their identity. So, for example, being a resilient person who overcame difficult circumstances will play a major role in who they are, or how they view themselves. Note that they may not reveal this side to you at the beginning stages of your relationship, to others, or ever.
For physical characteristics, Strength as a person represents someone who is flamboyant, fun, and colorful. But don’t be fooled by their showy appearance, this person does it for their own personal pleasure. This is somebody who dresses up and dresses well because it makes themselves feel good, they are not just “doing it for the Gram.” They appreciate attention and compliments, because who doesn’t enjoy positive feedback, right? But that’s not their main motivation for doing what they do, or wearing what they wear. They have a healthy self-esteem, and they don’t need that external validation, plus they couldn’t care less of those who disapprove of their self-expression.
For emotional characteristics, Strength as a person represents someone who has fortitude. They can face any of life’s challenges with resilience. This person will have a healthy ego. This means two things: they have a healthy self-esteem, but they are also very in control of their ego. Note that in the traditional depictions of the strength card, a woman is taming a lion, symbol of Leo pride, so this person has tamed their own ego. They may be non-confrontational, but it takes mental strength to be that way.
For careers, Strength can represent someone who works in 5th House fields. In astrology, the 5th House rules entertainment, fun, speculative endeavors and investments, games, and our own children. This person may be a full-time stay at home mom/dad or pursue something they can do to be near their children, such as working from home. Alternatively, they may be a professional esports gamer, professional poker or chess player, full-time stocks or crypto trader, or work in the entertainment industry. Because of this card’s astrological association with Leo, if they’re in the industry they will usually be found in front of the camera rather than behind the scenes. Also, this is somebody who enjoys practicing soft power rather than being forceful in getting what they want, making them an excellent negotiator.
Strength as a person represents someone who makes you feel supported. They can be incredibly motivated people. Because this card is astrologically associated with fun-loving Leo, they will bring a lot of light-heartedness into your life. This is the friend who will always cheer you up by taking you out when you’re going through a breakup. If you’re romantically involved with this person, expect a lot of fun dates.
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If Strength reversed appears in a Tarot spread as a person, that means that this person is ego-driven. They may have some more narcissistic and selfish tendencies. In the reverse, the energy of childlike fun turns into irresponsible immaturity. If you’re romantically involved with this person, you may feel like this relationship is going nowhere. Because this is a Major Arcana card, some of these traits will be inherent aspects of their identity. Good or bad, nobody is perfect and people can change, if they choose to.
For physical characteristics, Strength reversed as a person represents someone who is very showy. Everything this person does is “for the ‘Gram”. Rather than having a healthy dose of self-love, they’re vain. They’re also envious of other people’s looks, and may feel the need to tear others down to lift themselves up. They have a warped view of “self-care” that can be outright selfish and egotistical. This is that sibling that makes you babysit for them the night before your exam so they can have a spa day, because they “earned it.”
For emotional characteristics, Strength reversed as a person represents someone who is so weak egoed, that they become compulsively competitive. One upmanship is almost pathological. This is the kind of person who will appear restless and bothered when they’re not the center of attention. When they dislike someone, they will fixate on that person and find every single fault they can find about them. And this person is a type of person who always has to have somebody to dislike as a punching bag at any given time. They get into spats, because they just can’t help themselves. They don’t know when to stop, or how to choose your battles.
For careers, Strength reversed can represent someone who aspires to work in something that they’re either passionate about, or something that will bring them fame. Because Strength is astrologically associated with Leo, in the reverse position it tends to represent the shadow side of Leo. This is a type of person who will have no problem with being famous for being famous. However, in the reverse, this person will tend to not understand that even being famous for being famous still requires a skill set, such as marketing and communications. The shadow side of Leo can be slightly narcissistic, so this person may just assume that people will love them just for existing, and that everything will just fall in their lap. They may not take it too well when reality hits. Alternatively, this person may also be unambitious and weak willed.
Strength reversed as a person represents someone who makes you feel exhausted, and maybe defeated. This is the kind of narcissistic person who has to dominate every conversation. Instead of having a back and forth conversation where you exchange ideas and information with this person, they turn it into a competition. This person plays one-upmanship like a competitive sport. They may also talk down on you to make themselves feel better. If this is happening, don’t let them impact your self-esteem because they can’t control their ego.
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For love readings, Strength reveals the foundational state of a bond. It shines light into how secure a person is feeling. It also shows us what we need to do to bring that energy of strength and security into our lives–by leaning into our inner fortitude, kindness, and empathy. If you allow it, Strength’s energy will make your relationships stronger and more durable. Shine in your own confidence.
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