Lady Strength has tamed the beast that roars inside of her. She controls her fears by relying upon the inner strength of her spirit, and not her muscles...
The Strength card is ruled by the Leo zodiac sign. Fear can stop the seeker straight in their tracks. The seeker might be burned or scratched a few times when trying to gain control, but it’s important not to give up and let that inner beast called fear control rule the seeker’s life!
The seeker’s inner beast is represented by the lion. The seeker needs the courage and faith to overcome their most stubborn obstacle of fear and to protect themselves by controlling their environment so it does not control the seeker!
The Strength card is enumerated eight in the Tarot and represents victory over your inner temptations and fears through self-control, self-discipline, inner strength, and control over your environment. The Strength card shows a woman who has calmly tamed the lion. Fear cannot touch her because her inner strength exceeds her physical strength. She controls both the situation and the beast that roars at her.
She stands in a lush green valley with trees and seedlings that symbolize growth. There is a mountain peak that appears in the distance representing her thoughts and since the mountain is close, it represents that her goal will soon be within her grasp. The mountain symbolizes achievement, courage, accomplishment and her immense challenge in taming the lion. The yellow sky represents her strength, creativity, enlightenment and optimism. No portending clouds mar the sky.
The lemniscates symbol of infinity is hovering over her head, representing her thoughts and never-ending power. The woman knows her energy cannot be destroyed as long as she has control of her thoughts and can focus on them. Her wreath symbolizes infinity and completion, and her crown betokens a boundless victory to be claimed in the battle against her primal urges.
A vine of roses with thorns crowns her head, and a belt-like sash covers her white gown. The thorns of the rose suggest a few stinging events along the way. The flowers also embody the meanings of joy, beauty, growth and sensitivity. They unfold to receive the Sun’s nourishing rays, telling her of the better times ahead and of the sweet smell of success on the horizon.
The green valley denotes renewal, growth, hope, health and youth, and its brightness indicates Mother Nature at her highest peak of growth. Her white gown is symbolic of innocence, thought, religiosity, and purity of spirit.
She is calmly petting the lion with one hand on top of his head, the other below his mouth. Her dominance meets with the lion’s submissiveness, and she has infinite, innate courage to face her fears and control the situation.
The lion symbolizes the beastly fear that she has inside of her and the inner fire that represents the intense blaze of her desires. The lion further represents the level of her courage and her faith to overcome her most stubborn obstacle of fear and to protect herself by controlling her environment.
• Number eight (8) — symbol of perfection.
• The yellow sky — symbol of optimism.
• Figure eight above her head — symbol of infinity (lemniscates symbol). This symbol stands for the never-ending power of your thoughts and focus.
• The lion — symbol of fire which burns within, representing your wants and desires with an intense blaze of passion.
• Mountain — symbol of thought and challenge.
• The wreath — symbol of completion and victory.
• White robe — symbol of innocence and purity of spirit.
• Flowers — symbol of the sweet smell of success on the horizon.
• Green trees, green grass and seedlings — symbol of growth.
• Vine belt — a symbol of renewal, growth, hope, health and youth.
• Roses with thorns — symbol of passion and the element of fire and some stinging events along the way.
The Upright Meaning
The Strength card represents the lion’s energy and the woman’s will to succeed. The lion is connected to fire: a fearful symbol, hot and burning, easily raging out of control.
On her road of life the woman has lost her fear, but not her respect for fire or her knowledge of how to tame the lion. In seeking to gain control on your road of life, you may be burned or scratched a few times, but the important message of the Strength card is not to give up. Muster the courage to keep going until you succeed.
There are times in life when everyone faces the kind of fear that can paralyze. Whatever your situation, fear of failure prevents you from succeeding and isolates you from the world. You walk a path bounded on both sides by the abyss of fear, a fear you must confront with courage in order to solve your issues.
With determination, you can conquer almost any fear, for it truly exists only in the mind. Fear of success also gives rise to procrastination because success carries a heavy responsibility with it. It is much easier to procrastinate and live with the “Someday I’ll...” philosophy. Though this philosophy may be easier to live with, it is not the answer. Stand up to your obstacles, and address them. You will find the people you fear have half the strength you think they have.
The Reverse Meaning
The reverse meaning of Strength indicates that the lion is dominating the woman, who does not know how to control him. The lion tears her to pieces because she is too timid and unwilling to fight. Her surrender into fear allows the beast to be victorious.
Timing: The timing of Strength is within one month of your reading.
Natal Birth Chart: Strength is connected to the fifth house of the “Natal Birth Chart” and represents everything that you love to do to stay happy and active. After all, this is the house of fun, which represents many things such as: pleasure, happiness, risk taking, romance, dating, love, love affairs, sexual relationships, children, entertainment, gambling, hobbies, talents, sports, and your creativity.
Life Lessons: Always remember, the Major Arcana represents major life lessons, so if Strength appears in your reading, you know it is significant. Strength represents that you mustered the courage and faith to overcome your most stubborn obstacle of fear, and to protect yourself by controlling your environment so it does not control you.
Upright: Strength is also a message that you need to have the courage to face something unpleasant, or there is a challenge ahead that you are not looking forward too. Remember that Strength represents your readiness to face this challenge, because your inner strength is currently stronger than your outer strength.
Reverse: When Strength comes out in the reversed position it signifies that you want to feed the lion — your inner beast; your urges and desires that need to be feed so that you feel nurtured. You may have already fallen into your beastly desires: partying too much, drinking, smoking, not getting enough sleep, eating too much, or spending a lot of money.
Love and Romance: When Strength comes out in the upright position it heralds a time when you are going after a relationship, and everything is moving at a fast pace. If you are in a relationship, you are spending the time to make it work. If you started a new friendship, it may bloom into a committed long term relationship that leads to engagement and marriage.
Upright: Remember the fifth house represents good karma. The fifth house rules relationships: your love life, taking risks with dating, romance, love affairs, friendships, dating, sexual encounters, children, and the type of person that you are attracted to and desire.
Reverse: When Strength comes out in the reversed position, it heralds a time when a relationship may end because you are not willing to spend the time to repair it. You may discover that your feelings for your mate have vanished or your mate’s feelings for you have vanished; either way, one of you wants to move on.
Reverse: The reversed position also represents that you or your partner may have taken a risk and engaged in an affair. The relationship has taken a turn for the worse, the secret is out, karma is hovering around you; everything connected to your relationship is really strained and hanging by a thread.
Work, Career and Money: When Strength comes out in the upright position, it signifies that you may want to negotiate for a raise or promotion because you feel that you have shown that you have the right skills to get the job done, and you know that you are worth the risk.
Upright: The upright position of Strength also represents that you may have interviewed for a new position at another company. You feel that you have the right skills for the role, and the timing is very good. You finally feel that you are in the right place at the right time.
Upright: The upright position of Strength also signifies that you may be thinking about starting your own business, and you are ready to move forward to make your dreams come true.
Reverse: When Strength comes out in the reversed position it signifies that that there are problems or issues connected to your career. The promotion or raise that you were counting on is not going to happen, or is delayed.
Reverse: The reversed position of Strength could indicate that you have interviewed for a new job because you are unhappy in your current work position.
Reverse: The reversed position of Strength also signifies that the timing is not right to start your own business, and that your dream to move forward is delayed or will not happen.
Travel and Moving: When Strength comes out in the upright position it heralds a time when you want to travel. Your desire is to travel a long distance to visit and explore another country, something that you always wanted to do. The desire of this long distance travel is finally taking fruition and will happen.
Reverse: When Strength comes out in the reversed position, the timing is not good to make the trip. It may be delayed or may not happen at all.
Upright: You want to move into your dream home, and you feel that you are very close to achieving this dream since everything is starting to fall into place.
Reverse: You want to move into your dream home, but your financial position will not allow you to leap forward. Your attempt to acquire a needed loan may have been rejected by the bank; your dream has taken a turn for the worse. You feel like you will never be able to afford to move into your dream house.
With Love and Joy,
© Safina 2014
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