Description: Strength shows a young woman as gentle, but certainly keeps a lion’s yawning jaws open. She subdues the lion and thus ensures that the lion is harmless. Her face is calm and her expression friendly. She wears a white (color of purity and innocence) dress with floral borders tied on. She also wears a flower wreath on her head. The flowers symbolize spring, a time that signals new life.
The symbol of eternal life and infinity hovers above the woman’s head. The card symbolizes not violence, but gentle strength can triumph. A woman is without armor and plate, but has nevertheless tamed the strong lion. The woman is gentle and at the same time authoritative.
This is the card of spiritual power, inner strength, power without violence, determination and self-control associated with deep love. At the same time, the woman represents the feminine and the lion the masculine – together they stand for the unification of contradictions.
Interpretation: First and foremost, the card symbolizes strength in the sense of belief in and confidence in one’s own abilities. If you are drawn to this card, your creative energies want to be expressed. This is either purely concrete through creative and performing arts, or by using your creative abilities and talents to tame and control the inner beasts (symbolized by the lion).
You must channel your own desires toward positive creative modes of expression rather than destructive forces. There may be a need to rein in destructive forces. There may be a danger of surrendering to unworthy impulses or abuse of power.
The card refers to a need for courage, strength and determination so that one dares to look the inner lion in the eyes. The lion is a symbol of potentially great destructive energy. But you will have the opportunity to unite with the enemy – whether from the inside or from the outside.
That is, it will be beneficial to give yourself a time for self-awareness, where you become aware of your own body, beauty, strength and life energies. The card refers to the possibility of self-awareness and the possibility of integration and individuality.
Keywords: Other words that characterize Strength are: discipline, a strong mind, success through willpower, strong actions, passion, courage, acceptance, devotion, joy, sensuality, strength and determination.
Prediction: Love is greater than hate. The goodness prevails. Strength and courage. Your creative power and creativity want to be expressed.
Number: The number eight stands for death (transformation) and rebirth.
Astrology: The card is linked to the Zodiac sign Lion. It refers to expressing who we are through creative creative power. In this way we can also reveal our passion and strength.
Affirmation: I have unlimited creative resources. I am strong.
The Universal Principle: The Principle of Strength, Passion and Lust.
Above are four very different versions of Strength.
Cary-Yale Visconti tarot cards from around the 1420s are mainly designed to be beautiful and shows friends and family. The beautiful old Italian tarot set also has its emphasis on the artistic expression. Marseille tarot cards are simple as they were made so they are suitable for wood printing.
Oswald Wirth diminishes the Christian symbols and instead draws inspiration from the occult, through writings especially by Éliphas Lévi. The occult came from here on to influence how tarot cards were illustrated. Most famous is the Rider-Waite tarot card with lots of symbolism from Egypt, the Jewish Kabbalah, astrology, alchemy and Freemasonry. When you thus interpret Strength you have different options. It is advisable to start with the illustrations we have from Rider-Waite as they contain a lot of information in their imagery.