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 a yes or no question, and you draw the Strength, it indicates a strong yes. This card symbolizes strong determination, influence, and courage. While it doesn’t necessarily mean strength in a literal sense, this card shows that you are capable of anything so long as you inject your kindness and thoughts into your actions. You are capable of taming even the most difficult of situations so believe in yourself and know that there isn’t anything too difficult for you.
For love questions where you want a yes or no answer, the Strength indicates a hesitant yes. This card can be quite confusing as it heavily depends on context. You have influenced your partner though it can be difficult to tell if it’s in a positive or negative sense. Your personality is strong and they appreciate this, but there may be things that are detrimental to your relationships. Keep going but stay cautious.
For career questions where you are looking for a yes or no, the Strength indicates a resounding yes! Your intense courage and determination does not go unnoticed and are surely going to be the driving factor toward your success. Your inner strength and fortitude are amazing traits to have when wanting to drive your professional career forward. Just keep being yourself and watch as you single handedly tame the hardships of the workplace.
For new and potential relationships, the Strength is another yes, but take this with a grain of salt. Your strong personality is great but it’s important to remember that it may come off as imposing to the wrong person. You inspire people to become the best version of themselves, but to some, they may feel as though your personality is too strong for them to handle. Don’t hide yourself away, but also take care not to come off as too imposing or intimidating.
For existing relationships, the Strength is a yes. It shows that your relationship is deepening. Your connection to each other is stronger than ever and they feel as though you are the only one they want to listen to. They feel cared for and looked after as your determination ensures that all their needs are met. Your desire for better things and your kindness also ensures that your relationship keeps moving forward without letting your partner feel unheard or left behind.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, the Strength is an unclear yes. Your ex has a deep respect for you, after all, it’s impossible to harbor negative feelings for someone like you. But, they feel that they’d be holding you back if they did come back to you. They know that given your strong independence, you’ll be just fine with or without them. They don’t want to be the factor that holds you back from achieving greater things. Reconciliation is up in the air, but rest assured, your ex feels positively towards you and your previous relationship.
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If you are asking a yes or no question, and you draw the Strength reversed, it indicates a no. Insecurity and self-doubt are reigning factors in your life at this moment and this card symbolizes a lack of will. You are aware of your current situation, but even still, you cannot find the strength to move forward. You lack conviction in your beliefs, causing you to prefer staying right where you are. Additionally, these feelings of insecurity may begin to negatively influence you, filling you with rage and jealousy targeted toward anyone doing better than you are.
For love questions where you want a yes or no answer, the Strength reversed indicates a no. You are not in the right state of mind to begin a relationship with someone. The negativity you harbor in your heart will become the catalyst for your relationship’s downfall. Learn to love yourself first before seeking validation from others. You may also become too dependent on your partner, looking at them as your source of strength. And while it may be romantic, in this case, it would simply be parasitic.
For career questions where you are looking for a yes or no, the Strength reversed indicates a no. Without confidence and self-assurance, you are unable to put yourself out there. For your career to flourish, you need to have a strong personality that is able to convince people of your abilities. You are also afraid of making wrong moves that would lead you to lose it all, so you’d rather stay back with your head down than lead the pack.
For new and potential relationships, the Strength reversed is a no. This relationship was built on foundations that aren’t strong enough to last the test of time. Insecurity, jealousy, and lack of inner fortitude are all themes that are reigning over your relationship, ultimately setting it up for failure. You feel weak without your partner, and so you continue to cling to them in hopes of becoming strong, but this just isn’t the way to do it. You must find and acknowledge your inner strength before seeking out a partner.
For existing relationships, the Strength reversed as is a no. This card indicates that there is a big red flag in your relationship currently. While you be blind to see it, there is an imbalance of power. Security in your relationship is feeble and the smallest things can tip it off balance. This card is a sign that jealousy is a big player in how things run in your relationship — a bad sign if you want this to be something that lasts.
If you are asking about reconciliation with an ex, the Strength reversed is a no. Your split has deeply affected your ex, in more ways than one. And while they may not make it obvious, nor do they voice their concerns, they understand deep within them that they will never be the same. They are overcome with insecurity and cannot find it within themselves to reach out to you again. Though it’s important that it takes two to tango. There may have been some things that you’ve said or done during your relationship to have left them this way.
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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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