Major Arcana - 08: Strength

08 - Strength

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8 - StrengthThis card shows a young woman taming a lion. This woman has tamed her own fears about getting close to the wild beast and managed to tame it too.

This card represents strength, both physical and mental. It is all about courage and determination and having the confidence, purpose and self-reliance to do what we need to do.

This card tells us to put our plans into action with courage and know they will happen.

(1909 Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck images)


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Meaning - upright

What this card means

Upright, this card has the following meanings:

  • acknowledge weakness and lessen their impacts on our lives
  • face your fears in order to overcome them and move forward
  • do not be overwhelmed with emotion
  • look inside yourself, that is where you will find all your strength
  • focus a little more on the spiritual side of yourself to overcome selfish inclination


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Meaning - reversed

What this card means

Reversed, this card has the following meanings:

  • tread very very carefully in the situation as a wrong step could lead to difficulties
  • try not to abuse the power you have been given
  • a lack of faith if goals are not achieved quickly
  • be fair in all your dealings, do not be dishonest
  • take care not to overwork as this could lead to illness


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Interesting Bits

What else?

  • Key Meaning - courage and determination
  • Astrology - Leo: strength, courage and extravagance
  • Numerology - 11, master number: need to deal with difficulties, a struggle between vice and virtue