Strength: general, standing and reversed meaning

Strength, general description

Strength is the 12th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

Strength, in a way, is similar to The Magician. Here, the base of the special power, just like with the Magician, is a secret inner harmony. But while the Magician’s influential power is based on the harmony of conscious and unconscious powers, Strength’s vitality, courage and impetuosity express the civilized man’s reconciliation with its own inhuman nature. This is vividly illustrated in the ancient mythical friendship of Gilgames and his former enemy, Enkidu.

This card clearly shows that our instinctive self shouldn’t be hidden behind illusory virtues but we have to openly face our inner, sometimes scary archaic forces and by accepting them with love we have to slowly tame them by using mild violence. This way not only these ancient powers will be at our service but also those spare powers that have been used to oppress our instincts.



Strength, standing

Healthy, physical endurance. Huge, waving energy. Recovery from an illness. Victory over anxiety and fear. The ability to defeat resistance and gain inner force and patience. Defeating delay and overcoming obstacles.


Strength, reversed

Weakness against obstacles and decline. Huge amount of energy used at the wrong time. Can’t protect itself. Lack of confusion and preparedness. Illness, difficulties, depression and failure of physical power. Sovereign behavior, offence and the possibility of losing appreciation.