How I Apply The Chariot Card in the Major Arcana to My Life
The Chariot Card in the Major Arcana, the 7th, is just one of those cards. Until recently, it has kind of tripped me up. The imagery on the traditional RWS card is so dense. There’s black and white, day and night, and Sphinxes dance with the Bhagavad Gita.
I have often heard The Chariot boiled down to “travel.” And that may be true in some readings, but I think it’s more complex than that.
Who is the Figure in The Chariot?
I used to know a rogueish gentleman with endless charisma. We dated for a spell, but he was a love em and leave em type. Once, while discussing tarot, he became intrigued by the idea of a soul card.
We did the numerology and found out he was The Chariot. He was excited by the forward momentum of the card. He saw himself as a spiritual wanderer. A loner, Dottie. A rebel. I was disappointed, to say the least.
I see those aspects of the card, but in retrospect, I see a lifelong mission for him to streamline his energy. He was the type to rapidly master something (or someone) then hop over to the next project (or person).
What’s All That Imagery About?
The Chariot Card in the Major Arcana asks us to unite opposing forces. Your body is never taking turns between organs. It’s all got to work together as one. A Chariot driver has to maintain their balance, control their horses, and look confident doing it.
In the Bhagavad Gita, The Chariot is the body and the driver is the soul. The reigns are the mind, and the horses (depicted as sphinxes here) are the senses.
The Sphinxes are black and white, once again representing a union of opposites. Day vs night, masc vs femme, pineapple pizza vs people who get unreasonably angry about pineapple pizza. It’s all got to work together harmoniously.
So, What Does All That Mean?
You want momentum, but you need to make sure you have your shit together first. One foot in front of the other.
You’ve started an adventure. You’ve amassed some tools and knowledge, and you’ve ascended to the next level. Now what? It’s about maintaining a balance between being an authority (Chariots are for royalty after all) and a humble student.
My Chariot Card
I’ve interpreted the card as a moon with rays of light and stars jetting out. Because the traditional Chariot is a little tricky to portray with construction paper, and because Cancer (the zodiac sign of The Chariot) is ruled by the moon.
Cancer represents The Chariot beautifully because the crab has their shell and the charioteer has their chariot. I’ve given the moon a shell-like appearance here.
I used some groovy little rays to represent gravitational pull. Opposing forces coming together to create movement. You look at the moon reflecting off a dark lake, and it just feels “right.”
And to the credit of my ex Chariot man, we were not the moon & tides. And he was correct to move onto the next adventure.
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