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Usually we think of strength in physical terms, but there is also inner strength. It is perseverance, courage, resolve and composure - qualities that help us endure when times are tough. In the past, a person with inner strength was commonly said to have character; he or she could be counted on in the darkest moments. This card represents this energy of quiet determination. Strength is not a flashy card, but one that is solid and reliable.

This card also represents patience and compassion. Getting angry is easy when events turn sour, but dealing calmly with frustration takes great strength. So does accepting others and forgiving mistakes. We need strength to mold situations softly. The Chariot controls through mastery and authority. It is subtle, even loving.

It can be a reminder not to despair or give up. You have the inner strength to endure and triumph. If you are pushing too hard, you need to withdraw for the moment and be patient. If other people or circumstances are driving you crazy, remember the strength that comes with love and forbearance. These will see you through the hardest moments.

showing strength:

knowing you can endure, having a gallant spirit, feeling an unshakable resolve, taking heart despite setbacks, having stamina, being a rock

being patient

dealing calmly with frustration, accepting others, taking time, maintaining composure, refusing to get angry, showing forbearance

being compassionate:

giving others lots of space, tolerating, understanding what others are feeling, accepting, forgiving imperfection, being kind

achieving soft control:

persuading, working with, guiding indirectly, being able to influence, tempering force with benevolence, demonstrating the strength of love