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 you are asking about love advice, and you draw Strength, that means that you are advised to become determined and serious about the relationship. Stop beating around the bush and put in the effort that you think the person is worth to you. You must be strong in your compassion and invest a lot of time in the person. Do not second guess yourself, and be determined to win this person over if you truly love them.
For love, Strength as advice means that you should show resilience in the relationship. Focus on your goals with this person and do not back down. If you believe they are the one for you, then you should pursue them with resilience. Losing them could mean never finding someone like them again. You must be strong and determined in your love.
For singles, Strength as love advice means that you should focus on yourself and love will come to you. You must be strong and confident in yourself if you want someone else to love you. If you chase butterflies, you may not catch one. But if you build a garden, the butterflies will come to you. If they don’t come to you, at least you will still have the beautiful garden.
For new and potential relationships, Strength as love advice means that you should stop being shy and scared to confess your love. With strength in love, you will realize the amazing benefits if you confess your love. Strength is the leading force in bringing a couple together, and without at least one person with strength, the relationship will never come together.
For existing relationships, Strength as love advice means that the relationship is going smoothly and you should remain strong to continue growing together. Do not let anything get to your head, and practice mental and physical fortitude. Show no jealousy, disgust, or envy. Simply treat your partner as amazing as you have been and be strong.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, Strength as love advice shows that it is possible to reunite. If you showcase your fortitude and strength, there is a chance you can win them back with power. Be respectful, but also be direct with how you feel about them. Love is in the air, and reconciliation may be a great option.
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If you are asking about love advice, and you draw Strength reversed, that means that you are advised to reassure the person you care about. Strength reversed means that the person is insecure or weak, and possibly even scared of you. This is not good, and you must fix this if you hope for her to have a positive perception of you.
For love, Strength reversed as advice means that you should also become more relaxed towards your partner. Perhaps you have been using too much strength in love towards them. Becoming a bit more relaxed and giving some space to your partner in the relationship may be a good idea if you draw the Strength reversed card in a reading.
For singles, Strength reversed as love advice means that you are not opening yourself up to others. They do not feel like you are approachable. You seem too powerful for others to approach. This makes others feel weak and they lack confidence when they are around you. Strength reversed is a negative use of strength, so try and funnel your strength into something more positive to attract more people.
For new and potential relationships, Strength reversed as love advice means that they are not enjoying the relationship from the start. Some things about you intimidate them. They felt good enough about you to start a relationship, but it turns out it may not be what they want. Love advice for this situation would be to have an honest conversation with your partner before you waste more time trying to deepen the relationship when there is a chance you are simply not compatible.
For existing relationships, Strength reversed as advice means that they see you as someone that has been overpowering them and draining them over the course of the relationship. They are running out of fuel for love. You are too dominant in the relationship, and they have lost all of their independence and peace in life. The relationship still has the potential to continue because it has come this far, but some things must change if it is going to make it.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, Strength reversed as love advice shows that you should think about moving on. The breakup has left a bad taste in their mind. There are plenty of others who would love to be with you, but your ex didn’t quite work out. If your ex is someone you truly want and you believe they are irreplaceable, then reconciliation can only work if you change your ways and be patient with them.
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For relationships and feelings, 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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