The Chariot calls all travelers and adventurers!
This is a card of exploration and expansion that guides you on a journey that you are about to take or one that you may possibly be started on already. It is not an easy ride as a chariot is not a modern vehicle of comfort. It is a time to think about getting back to the basics, lessening your load, and simplifying your life before you engage on the road ahead. Now is an excellent time in your life to consider what you can do to cut back. Rather than thinking of your journey as one for vacation, the chariot usually indicates something a tad more active – a journey of the spiritual sense or even one for work and finance. Whatever struggle you are going through in your life right now, do not worry that it is going to be all for nothing. The Chariot assures you that you are definitely going places!
In the Rider Waite deck the Chariot has symbolism present is often interpreted as balancing out opposite forces. There is much duality in the colors of the card which state that you need to make sure that you are rationing out your efforts at this time. Pulling ahead too quickly will fatigue you and you will become too tired to complete your task. Approaching your challenges with a slow or delayed speed will cause you to not reach your intended destination.
Also depicted in the card is the rider on top of an enclosed carriage. We can only view the top half of the rider, and he is ready for battle. He is prepared for challenges that lie ahead. The colors are rich in symbolism reflecting thought and emotion. While this is a card of action, often that action is an internal struggle. It is either a battle of wills or a personal dragon that must be slayed. Whatever it is that you are facing right now, the Chariot says, “Don’t stop. Don’t give up.” As you persevere and move forward on your path you will engage in many obstacles. These hurdles that you encounter are ones that you will learn from. You are about to receive a life lesson of sorts and while you may feel that you are going through a rough patch understand that it is through experience that we all learn.
The Chariot in Love
Often a card that comes up after a relationship has ended or during an exceptionally difficult time, the Chariot reminds you that this too shall pass. Things are being set in motion regarding matters of the heart and what you feel right now is only a temporary hurdle. You need to strengthen your resolve and protect your emotions. You are likely to find that you either want to run from your relationship or that you already feel alone.
Love is an adventure and like all adventures, there is a climax where everything comes to a head. Imagine yourself not alone right now, but facing a path ahead of you leading into the mountains. You do not have to choose to go this path alone. You are able to bring others with you, but you must make sure that they have the same goals and end destination in mind. Do not waste your time on relationships at this time that are going nowhere or settle just because you feel you should. Avoid allowing comfort to guide your relationship. It may be a good time to spice things up in the love department.
The Chariot As Feelings
As someone's feelings, it can mean a struggle between one's mind and a shadow side in life. The Chariot is a cancer card and is a “moving on.” The two horses are pulling in two different directions so it also means indecision. One person still has not decided what to do. But there is one thing, the reins are in one person's hand. This card can mean moving on and effort is being put into someone else. It is not a good card for love I am afraid.
The Chariot in Health
In Health the Chariot says that you have a long road ahead of you. Often it can represent health issues of the feet and issues with diabetes or digestion. Overall health shows that you are strong enough for a journey ahead and while there can be standard health issues associated with the card, rarely is it a sign of a deeper concern. The Chariot is an omen of vitality and youth.
The Chariot Work and Wealth
In the way of work, most often the Chariot is seen when one is seeking a change in a job either due to unemployment or stagnation of a current career. It signifies that it is a great time to explore options of expansion and promotion. You also may find when this card is present that work will require unexpected travel that will also come with prestige and increased revenue. Strictly financially speaking, the Chariot says you need to hold on to your money and it is a time of saving. While the work front may be offering more opportunities, do not forget that this is a card talking about a journey beginning. There are likely unexpected expenses coming your way that you need to be prepared for.
Reversed Meaning - The Chariot
The Chariot in the reversed position is showing that what you are doing in your life right is as about as effective as trying to make a horse run backwards. You need to take a look at your life and see in what ways you are trying to move mountains when you should be going around them and what aspects of your life are pulling you down. The movement of the Chariot card is still present but if you are fighting against it you are likely to find that resistance is futile. Life will continue to move forward with or without you.
By Flo Saul
Jul 9, 2012