Vacchetta Tarot (Giovanni Vacchetta 1893): Strength
Strength. Self-control. Being solid. Patience. Compassion. Composure. Stability. Perseverance. Moderation. Kindness. Gentleness. Slowness. Softness. Serenity. Comprehension. Discipline. Inner strength. Courage.
The Strength card was originally named Fortitude. Fortitude originally meant a moderation in attitudes towards pain and danger, neither avoiding nor desiring either. Originally, it was often symbolised by a woman breaking a pillar, or an individual of either sex subduing a lion. The modern interpretation of Strength is to have self-control, solidity, patience, compassion, and gentleness. It may require the questioner to have inner strength and self-discipline, to persevere and have courage. It advises the questioner that they will likely face a challenge that requires strength and a strong response, but not brute force. The questioner must have the willpower to overcome their challenge whilst remaining in control of their thoughts, emotions, and actions.
Reversed Meaning: Weakness. Self-doubt. Lack of self-discipline.
This card can be interpreted as a warning against weakness, self-doubt, and a lack of self-discipline. It advises the questioner to muster their resources and regain control. It may also serve to warn that strength without control can work against the questioner.