Strength Card Spread
On This Day
The virtue of Fortitude usually depicts a lion or broken column. The Visconti-Sforza deck, however, shows Heracles attacking a lion, which is a likely allegory of Sforza, the man who commissioned the deck, and his military victories.
A solar eclipse on this day in 1251 BCE may mark the birth of legendary Heracles, divine hero of Greek mythology. Heracles displayed strength, courage, and ingenuity; Hercules is his Roman equivalent.
Summation of Spread
The Strength card often represents an obstacle allowing you to overcome your fears. Energy and calmness reign over brutality and force. Strength of character, high moral standing, physical stamina, and health are all represented.
Heracles is depicted in the Visconti-Sforza deck as the Strength card, with his signature club and the Nemean lion. This spread is based on symbols found within the traditional Strength card.
Cast Your Cards
Use this spread to answer any question. Format your question before casting the spread or simply let the cards answer the questions posed. Pull the Strength card from your deck, place it in the center of the spread, and cast your cards around it.
1. Female: How am I reasonable?
2. Lion: What are my instincts telling me?
3. Lemniscate: How can I expand my thinking?
4. Hand Gesture: How can I be gentle to others?
5. Garland Belt: Where should I place a boundary?
6. White Gown: How can I bring about peace?
7. Mountain: What is the long-term goal?
8. Yellow Background: How does my intelligence serve me?