04 August 2014

11th Major Arcanum The Strength

The Strength
Today I'm going to talk you through the 11th major arcanum of the tarot card deck. This arcanum is named Strength.

What does the Strength look like

The Strength card is adorned with a woman who is dominating a lion, one of the most powerful and dangerous animals on Earth.

However she is not frightened and quietly dominates him like it is a plush toy.

The woman who features the Strength wears a red cape on a rich blue and golden dress. Her attire let us know that she is a powerful character like an empress or a queen. She also wears a big blue and golden hat topped with a crown. Now we know that this woman has a lot of power.

She is also intelligent as, as you can see on the picture, she protected her hands and arms with gloves - before going on to fight against the animal.

This tarot arcanum symbolizes the domination of spirited people over brute physical ones. Strength is not always a question of muscles and violence, it is also a question spirit. All in all the Strength is a representation of what mankind is supposed to look like.

Meaning of the Strength tarot

When spread in a normal position, head upside, the arcanum has a very positive influence over your psychic reading. It thus relates to energy, heroism, strength - both mental and physical - confidence, reliance, firmness.

If after shuffling, the card is placed head downside then your strength or the one of the person the psychic reading is done is quite the opposite. In this case it may relate to doubt, lack of self confidence, lack of energy, fear, shyness, etc.

Example spread using the Strength

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A woman just had an argument with her boyfriend. The discussion was quite violent and the guy left her and didn't keep in touch for a few days. Our consultant wants to know if her boyfriend is going to call her soon or if the relationship is through...

As usual we suffle the cards, the consultant is asked to "cut" the deck with her left hand (the one of her heart) while thinking of her question and then we spread our 4 major arcana in the shape of a cross so as to provide her with an answer.

Here is our spread:

Left: The Lovers
Right: The Emperor
Up: The Temperance
Down: The Strength


1. The Lovers : the boyfriend loves his girlfriend very much and there is no reason for the relationship to end these days

2. The Emperor: sadly the boyfriend is a hard head and stands on his position and will for a longtime

3. The Temperance: our consultant wants communication...

4. The Strength: here the Strength lets our client know that she is going to have to force her boyfriend to get back to her. Because he stands on his position so hard she will have to take the first steps in this matter. If she doesn't move, he won't move either.

As you can see the Strength may also represent the things you have to do for things to work, the people you have to force to do things. Your Strength has an effect on others' acts.

The synthetisis of our spread is quite positive with: 6 + 4 + 14 + 11 = 35 --> 3 + 5 = 8.

Number 8 = Justice. Justice arcanum is balance, things that settle after a fight, things that are going to get back to normal.

I hope that this article helped you better understand the meaning of the Strength. See you soon for a new short guide on how to read the tarot cards.

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