Inverted Strength


Inverted StrengthThis inversion is generally interpreted as the opposite of the strong, upright card.

You are trying to find your place in the world. You are searching for your own strength. In the process, you might make some false starts. You might find yourself in situations that challenge you mentally or physically. This is all part of the process. If you care about being a part of a new order, dig deeply and allow power to build within you. If you don’t, just be honest and walk away. This won’t be an easy ride, but sticking this out will reward you with tremendous strength and power.

For a mystical interpretation of the Inverted Strength card, visit my post on Thematic Tarot.

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.

Number — 8

Eight is a number of movement, power, and adjustment.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous


Strength intensifies the other cards in a spread.

Major Arcana

Chariot: When Strength comes before the Chariot, considerable effort is necessary to succeed, but you will succeed. If Strength comes after the Chariot, it indicates strength in future trials.
Death: When Strength comes before Death, it suggests a serious, but not fatal illness. When the inverted Strength card comes after inverted Death, it indicates a narrow escape.
Tower: Strength adds a great deal more power to the energy of the Tower.

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2 thoughts on “Inverted Strength

  1. I’m very much enjoying your interpretations and explanations of the cards, especially the “weight” of the Major Arcana in a spread. I like how you describe the balance and meaning of lots, a few, and none. I’ve never seen that before. It makes sense!


    • Thank you for the kind words! I have received a great deal of inspiration from some wonderful Tarot writers — Kathleen McCormack, Barbara Moore, and Mary K. Greer. I balance their insights with my own experiences reading cards. Tarot is a tremendous tool for self-examination. I hope you continue to enjoy these entries!

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