Strength (VIII) Reversed

(Card Descriptions Based On Original Rider-Waite Colors – Still Under US Games Inc. Copyright)



When the Strength card reverses the woman shows her fear and loses control of the lion.  The lion depending on his strength may very well overwhelm the woman and devour her. Lack of inner strength and belief in oneself is suggested. You lack the courage to face life or whatever difficult situation you are in.  Depression, despair and hopeless are evident. You may run away from difficult decisions, relationships or awkward situations. Failure, weakness, cowardliness and lack of courage are represented by Strength Reversed. You need to return to the lessons of The Chariot in order to get your emotions under control.

When Strength Reverses, the lion escapes.  The cat is out of the bag and this can be quite literally.  A secret may be revealed . Your shadow side is out and it may not be a pretty sight.

In the upright, there is no sense of forced control. It is a mutual agreement between the lion and the woman but when reversed control and domination surface. This can often happen when we feel powerless in our own lives. Either domination or submission can be represented by the reversed Strength card. Stop trying to control life so much.  Let go a bit and see what life will deliver.

Your heart may not be in what you do.  Maybe you feel that it is all too much of a struggle. You may fear someones power over you and their anger. Cruelty to animals may be indicated. Too much power being given to the wrong person or people. Power is in the wrong hands when Strength Reverses.  There may be displays of lack of respect for others as The Ego becomes overly inflated and the roar of the Lion strikes fear in all around.

Back To Strength (VIII) Upright

Back to Lesson 4


The Fool Upright  The Fool Reversed

The Magician Upright  The Magician Reversed

The High Priestess Upright   The High Priestess Reversed

The Empress Upright   The Empress Reversed

The Emperor Upright    The Emperor Reversed

The Heirophant Upright    The Heirophant Reversed

The Lovers Upright     The Lovers Reversed

The Chariot Upright   The Chariot Reversed

Strength Upright     Strength Reversed

The Hermit Upright   The Hermit Reversed

The Wheel of Fortune Upright   The Wheel of Fortune Reversed

Justice Upright   Justice Reversed

The Hanged Man Upright   The Hanged Man Reversed

Death Upright     Death Reversed

Temperence Upright     Temperence Reversed

The Devil Upright   The Devil Reversed

The Tower Upright     The Tower Reversed

The Star Upright     The Star Reversed

The Moon Upright    The Moon Reversed

The Sun Upright     The Sun Reversed

Judgement Upright      Judgement Reversed

The World Upright     The World Reversed

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