Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Strength – Meaning & Interpretation – Major Arcana

Strength Meaning In A Tarot Reading

The Strength tarot card represents the two sides of its name. With this card present, you know that your life is under the influence of Strength. How it is applied becomes the most important of all aspects.

In strength, our challenges become opportunities. They become stepping stones on our climb to our goals. In its reverse, all seems hopeless, and every molehill becomes a mountain. Read on more about this popular Rider Waite Major Arcana tarot card.


Strength Tarot Card Meanings – Upright


strengthThe Strength tarot card’s meaning is one of the more blatantly obvious in the Tarot. It burdens with ease, control without difficulty, anger turned to energy to solve a problem. When this card is present, you will find that your life is likely a little more handled than it has been, and you feel safe in your position in life. Things are in hand.

Past Events:

You have been standing in a position of Strength in this past period, using all your obstacles as tools. Your morale has been kept up, and you’ve had faith in yourself! Now it is time for the next step, the challenges overcome. Where do you go from here?


Present Events:

To put it simply, “You’ve got this.” Your current situation, by sheer force of will, is under control. Even your frustrations serve to fuel your fire to complete the task and succeed against all odds. Don’t let it go to your head, and you’ll make it through this.

Future Events:

Your mind dwells on a future challenge. You have great concern if this situation will be beyond you. Fear not! You have the tools to succeed at this task, and if you keep your wits about you, you will come out of it successfully!


Strength Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


Strength inverted is weakness and a clouded vision. Every small obstacle becomes seemingly insurmountable, and the anger that could have fueled your forward motion instead becomes powerless.

Your actions are futile, nothing seems possible, and every way you turn is strewn with tacks to impede your progress.

the strength reversedPast Events:

You’ve been feeling defeated, exhausted, and without hope in the face of the challenges you face. It would help if you lifted your head, as this attitude has been nothing but a barrier to you.

This time is, thankfully, coming to an end, but you may find yourself back here if you don’t realign your thinking.

Present Events:

Exhausted, defeated, and beaten down by time and opposition. Your current circumstances are not as hopeless as they seem, but they will remain that hopeless if you don’t rise to the challenge.

Fuel the fires of your motivation with your frustration, your anger. You can power over what stands in your way and turn this path away from loss using this driver.


Future Events:

The situation that is coming at you seems large, a mountain incapable of being challenged. Cut it down to small pieces, set up your bunker, and use it to power through all that stands in your way.

While you are afraid of what stands in your way, you can manage it if you meet it with confidence. Attitude is everything, time to tune up yours.

Associated Colors:

Red for Strength and Ambition

Meditation For Strength – Upright

This tarot meditation using the Strength card upright will focus on confidence and power, the ability to overcome obstacles. As you set up the red cloth with its candle and layout the card, make sure your circumstances are as conducive to confidence as possible. Inspiring music can be played to put you into the right mindset.

As you settle into your meditation, you will see yourself standing at the beginning of a clear path within your mind. You plan to traverse this and head forward to accomplish your goal and reach your ultimate goal.

You set forth, striding confidently on your way, knowing you will reach your goal. Almost immediately, the rain starts to fall, but this is no great matter, you think. You take off your hat and enjoy the fresh rainwater on your head, cooling you as you journey.

The rain continues to pour, and you hear the distant roll of thunder. But still, you trudge on. It’s just a little water, you think. As you continue walking, you see tree branches and such beginning to fall in the rising wind.

Grateful for the gift, you pick one up and use it as a walking stick to check the depth of puddles in the road and as a prop to help you traverse the more difficult debris that has fallen across the road.

Further on, you come across a river that has swollen and taken out the bridge. The water has eaten away at the shore. Looking at this momentarily, you realize a tree near to falling over, most of its roots exposed.

Tarot Meditation Techniques For Strength Upright Card

Placing your walking stick in it as a lever, you topple the tree, and it falls across the river, creating a bridge. With a jaunty smile at your cleverness, you stand and head to cross the river on the log.

You walk across, your handy walking stick serving to steady you as it rocks gently in the river. Hopping down on the other side, you look back across the river, grateful to have successfully traversed the difficulty there.

You look ahead, knowing that whatever challenges you face, you can turn them into new opportunities. Nothing is beyond your grasp, and your goal is easily within reach, for a certain value of easily.

It is, however, an eventuality, not a maybe. It’s just a matter of time. Confident in your journey, you head forward to your eventual prize.

As you come out of this tarot meditation, carry this feeling of confidence with you. The feeling of knowing how to proceed is all you need at this point. Record whatever seems significant from your journey, anything that seems personal to you. Know that so long as you believe it, you can, achieve it. That’s what this Strength tarot meditation is all about!

Associated Colors:

Gray for futility, apathy

Meditation For Strength – Reversed

The Strength tarot card reversed represents not just weakness but, in some ways, hopelessness. This tarot meditation on the strength card reversed will focus on fear, despair, and futility of effort.

It shows the desperate panic state that arises when one is letting every molehill become a mountain. Lay the grey cloth out and the candle at its top, and place the Strength card in front of you inverted.

As you begin to meditate, let a certain feeling of hopelessness crawl into your bones. Let yourself into the mindset of those who see everything as hopeless, every little setback as a tragedy.

You will find yourself standing at the beginning of a road traveling through the woods. The day is bright and clear, and your destination lies on the other side of the forest ahead.

It seems so far, though, and the day is hot, so perhaps you should wait until later. Time passes, and the heat has begun to dissipate, so you move from beneath the tree you’ve taken shelter under and begin walking down the road.

On your trip, you take up a pebble in your shoe. It is uncomfortable and slows you down a great deal, but taking it out is a difficult task, so you suffer on, slowed down.

Eventually, it became too much to bear, and you sit down. Once your foot feels less tortured, you prepare to leave again.

Then it starts to rain, and you find yourself looking at your empty cup, wishing it were full of that same water. What irony to suffer while the rain falls from the sky, and water runs everywhere!

You wait, more time passing until the rain stops. You then stand and continue on your way, trudging through the mud, stepping over the branches that fell on the road during the rainstorm.

Tarot Meditation Techniques For Strength Reversed Card

Luckily, the wet mud that gets into your shoes dislodges the stone. How thankful that is! But you find yourself continuously slowed by the debris in your way until finally, you come to a bridge crossing the river.

There are bits of board and debris lying about and a narrow gap in the bridge. How are you to cross this bridge when it’s not complete? Your frustration overcomes you, and you sit down and weep, so it is here that your journey ends.

When you come out of the tarot meditation, let go of the feeling of hopelessness and think about what you have seen and learned. Stopped every step of the way by issues that could easily have been overcome by an intrepid mind, and a little determination.

Are there lessons for you in this? Mark in your journal what seems significant, and remember to try to see every way around an obstacle before letting it stop your progress!

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