Strength Card #8 represents feminine power, tenderness, and fearless play.
Tarot cards offer a range of meanings to draw insight from. Both negative and positive aspects of each card can resonate with various aspects of your life.
A woman with a flower crown and a flower-chain around her loose white robes bends benevolently over a playful, golden-colored lion. The lion looks lovingly into her downturned eyes as he lets her pet his nose and chin. His curly mane flows down from his face like her dress, and his tail is pulled down displaying docility. In the background is a distant mountain and a vast plain. Over the woman’s head an infinity symbol floats.
Traditionally, maned lions are interpreted as overbearing, wild animals with a threatening demeanor. They are also protective, loud, and masculine. Lions pace a jungle or are depicted as gargoyles to guard a house or castle. In this scene, the woman has charmed the lion; the lion is tame. She does not use circus tricks to make the lion obey. Rather, her power comes from her femininity and from her nurturing qualities. This shows that she has a different kind of strength than the lion and that the lion’s prowess and aggression are not always needed in every situation. Playfulness is also important.
Additionally, the woman and the lion have a sweet and intimate connection. The woman has the ability to coax someone who is aggressive into calming down and relaxing. The flowers around her waist and coming out of her head show that she is filled with kindness, tenderness, and sweetness. Her thoughts are innocuous and endearing. Her touch is gentle and pleasing. She has brought the lion somewhere they are safe and can express this playful part of their nature without fear; there are no threatening elements on the horizon. The infinity symbol floating over her head might represent that her sweetness derives from a bottomless well--there is no end to her tenderness, and it is not a limited commodity that she most dole out selfishly. Rather, she can be selfless because there is nothing holding her back.
While the lion is considered a symbol of strength because of its sheer physical power, here it is the restraint of such power that is called strength.
Death Card #13 represents a coming together of disparate elements in your life, giving life meaning through your humanity, and feeling your essential, urgent being.