The Chariot

VII: The Chariot

advancement victory triumph success

A new beginning with ambition, will, aggression and competitive instinct, with enthusiasm and vitality moves beyond boredom and daily routine. This victory is a combination of physical, intellectual and spiritual powers and reflects the potential for both good and evil. On an inner level, the chariot is an image of the aggressive instincts guided and directed by the will of consciousness. It means to face the anger and conflict which he has invoked with his desire to possess a beautiful object, the choice of his love. It is a change to good, an introspection and this conflict cannot be avoided, but needs to be faced with strength and containment.
Inverse: lust for destruction, brute strength and lack of refinement.

Meanings


Light

  • Breaking through barriers.
  • Moving forward with confidence and authority.
  • Reaching the pinnacle of success.
  • Basking in the glory of achievement.
  • Guiding an effort to total victory.
  • Establishing yourself as a worthy leader.
  • Shadow

    • Resting on laurels.
    • Riding roughshod over the feelings or expectations of others.
    • Focusing more on past successes than future opportunities.
    • Failing to rein in impulsive behavior.
    • Symbolism


      The canopy

      Stars imprinted on the canopy of the Chariot signify the occupant's mastery over all things under heaven. How has past success (or a lack of it) played into this situation?

      The sphinxes

      Horses draw the Marseilles Chariot, but in other decks, sphinxes - keepers of riddles, wisdom, and hidden knowledge - pull the carriage. One is black and the other white, symbolizing the charioteer's dominion over masculine and feminine forces. Who guards the answer to your riddle?

      The scepter

      The wand, a symbol of power used throughout the deck, appears in RWS-inspired decks as the charioteer's scepter. How should you channel your power today?

      Achievement vs

      momentum. In some decks, the illustration makes it difficult to tell whether the Chariot is standing still (having reached a strategic position) or moving forward (as if mounting an attack). Is it time for strategic thinking ... or action?

      The Lingam-Yoni

      The lingam is a cylindrical or phallic shape associated with male sexual potency; the yoni, shaped like a bowl, is considered the source of all that exists. How might your situation change if you commanded unlimited creative energy?

      The Chariot's Advice


      Relationships

      • Moving forward to mutual victory requires trust and cooperation.
      • If you have this already, depend on it during an upcoming challenge.
      • If you lack it, consider what choices have prevented forming this kind of bond.
      • Don't rest on your laurels; successful romance is an ongoing commitment.

      Work

      • What do you need to move forward?
      • Now is the time to summon resources and plan for future success.
      • Past successes might not be an indicator of current value.
      • Remember that employers tend to ask "What have you done for me lately?" Work accordingly.

      Spirituality

      • Celebrate spiritual achievement, but be aware that a sense of having arrived can be the first step toward disastrous vanity.
      • The goal is not to be a guru, but to achieve balance and stability.
      • As you make progress, extend a helping hand to others who still await their chariot moment.

      Personal Growth

      • Reaching a new plane of maturity is exciting, so some celebration is in order.
      • Every ending, though, is a new beginning; keep an eye fixed on further growth.
      • Having reached the limits of mundane success, it's time to work on deeper transformation.

      Fortune Telling

      • Victory is a certainty.
      • Move ahead with all plans.
      • Beware the jealousy of others.

      When

      • Between June 21 and July 22

      Questions to ask


      • To what extent have I arrived? What will my next challenge be?
      • How can I use past achievements to their best advantage?
      • What would the criteria for real and meaningful success be?

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      Parts of this page's description of the The Chariot tarot card are taken from "A Guide to Tarot Card Meanings" by Mark McElroy.