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We usually think of the strength in physical terms (big arms, powerful legs), but there is also strength inside. The inner strength comes from an exercise of the core of the heart. It is perseverance, courage, resolution and composure, qualities that help us endure when times are difficult. In the past, it was commonly said that a person with strength inside was chartered; he or she could be counted in the darkest moments. Card 8 represents this calm determination energy. The strength is not a flashy card, but is solid and reliable.
Card 8 also represents patience and compassion. Getting angry is easy when events become bitter, but calmly dealing with frustration requires a lot of strength. The same happens when accepting others and forgiving mistakes. We need strength to mold situations smoothly. The Chariot controls through dominance and authority. Card 8 is more subtle, even loving. Notice how the Lion (in itself a symbol of strength) is being guided and tamed by the gentle hands of the woman.
This Arcane is related to the internal control that we humans have, the strength of will, the self-mastery, the inner strength, the good use of the energy generated by our body and mind. Also with the power of seduction, mastery, heroism and the strength of determination. Creative power is linked to a great effort to draw that positive energy from within.
This card implies that you must have the dominant character, in case of difficult situations. It reveals that patience is the best ally of character's courage, only with tolerance can one deal with any adversity. The strength symbolizes patience, love, and the strength itself.