Today’s card is Strength. As usual, we’ll note Waite’s understanding of the card. Waite says: Power, energy, action, courage, magnanimity. Reversed – despotism, abuse of power, weakness, discord.
We would go along with all of those, but again, let’s look at the symbolism of the card. A graceful woman with the infinity sign above her head, closing the jaws of a lion using calmness and graceful strength alone.
If you draw this card in a spread, are you being strong, or is strength somehow being used against you? Again, looking at the card, it appears that it’s a graceful strength, and the strength of honesty and integrity. Are your actions holding someone else to account? Are you in need of showing strength in a situation.
Always remember that cards have duality, and that they also have a reversed meaning. If your cards are all upright when being dealt in the first place, should the card have a reversed meaning? Look to the cards around it for context.
As a little update as at 24 September 2019, I just drew a card asking how Boris Johnson is feeling about the Supreme Court’s ruling against him in that he acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament, and the card I first drew was Strength. A perfect example of the above, in that a quietly spoken strength was used against him, and he no doubt felt the weight of the strength of that pressure. Strength in this instance was crossed by The Lovers, often a card of crisis.