Strength – Sinéad O’Connor

“I have all that I requested / I do not want what I haven’t got”

Sinéad O’Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

The Strength Card is also sometimes called Fortitude. It’s not about physical strength or domination. It’s not about never falling; it’s about getting back up again. Keeping your convictions, even when everyone tells you not to. Trying your best, even when it seems like you can’t succeed. Putting one foot in front of the other, every day, even when the world says you should sit down and give up.

In that way, Strength is a card that is about vulnerability and healing. It’s about being kind to yourself and others, without compromising your principles. I think of Sinéad O’Connor, back in the 90s, with that stunning voice and beautiful face, and everyone complaining about her shaved head and refusal to just be sexy. I think of her calling out the abuses of the Catholic church. I think about her struggles with mental illness, and about her search for spirituality and self-identity, all in such a public sphere. She is someone who fights unpopular battles, and even when she gets burned, makes mistakes, and experiences loss, she picks herself back up, looks at the battles that need fighting, and starts again.

That’s Strength.