VIII. Strength this image has some variations, depending on what version of the tarot you're using. i have several offshoots of the classic Rider-Waite. they all show a woman taming a lion in some way. in my favorite deck, My Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke, it shows a woman gently taming a lion by opening the lion's mouth. in other decks, the woman is closing the lion's mouth. in some, there is blood as the lion bites his own tongue...provoked by the woman closing the lion's mouth aggressively....with Strength. a testing of our own strength is indicated. bravery is called for...and assertion. force. the appearance of this card classically indicates that these qualities are present, in abundance. when we are faced with tasks we find difficult or seemingly impossible, the appearance of Strength is a reminder that we have the ability to overcome our difficulties, to conquor our weakness to achieve what we view as impossible. our moral courage is always the foundation for physical strength, and the ability to see things through. when the Strength card appears, we must overcome our instincts and do the right thing, using our highest intentions...even being selfless in our actions. self sacrifice is necessary, and we have the strength within us to make those sacrifices for others. depending on the deck, Strength is number 8. sometimes Strength and Justice are reversed, depending on the particular deck you have.