Strength that triumphs over the “brutes”, man triumphing over nature, intelligence that dominates impulses.
The image represented on the Strength card is very familiar to most people, and has become part of the so-called collective unconscious: a woman who keeps a lion tamed effortlessly, holding its jaws open.
In some cards, especially the older ones, Hercules might be represented instead, engaged in one of his 12 labors, namely the task of defeating the fearsome Nemean lion.
In other cases instead, there is a clear iconographic reference to Samson, who smashes the columns of the temple of the Philistines, killing them.
But whatever the image depicted on the card, the meaning remains clear: strength, which allows us to dominate circumstances.
It can represent the conflict between moral righteousness, which has a very precise direction, and what instinct tells you, what you are naturally inclined to do, what you naturally tend to want to do.
Or the situation may be at a stalemate, with forces opposed (diametrically) without any easy reconciliation on the horizon, unless the parties are willing to compromise.
It may mean that right now you have the skills to overturn what appears to you as an unfavorable situation. You just need to become aware of your capabilities and potential, which you tend to underestimate.
Another interpretation is an internal conflict within the querent. In this case, the two souls of the Strength card are within the querent. Basically they don’t know their own mind, or the situation itself presents several solutions, each with pros and cons.
Finally, Strength, in the sense of Samson destroying the columns of the temple, represents a situation that is obstructing you, which you may soon find the means to overcome.
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