Fast and the Furious: The Chariot
We're hitting Week Eight of our diving deep into the Major Arcana cards. I have to say I'm learning a lot as I use both traditional and non-traditional cards to figure out what every card means to me. Here's hoping everyone's adding something useful to their own tarot lexicon through these blog posts! It can feel a little sluggish, going in-depth slowly and surely, but let this week's card, The Chariot, spark some speed and agility in your own studies.
The Chariot charges forward down the road ahead. You could identify with the vehicle itself, being driven by someone else, simply going on autopilot wherever the chauffeur takes you. Alternately, you could identify with the driver—holding the reins, taking charge, giving directions and steering until ultimately, you hit cruise control and you just enjoy the ride, trusting that the momentum you've gathered will put you on the right path. The star in the Divina Tarot, I feel, represents the inner compass and the faith required to allow ourselves to go where we need to go (whether that means meeting challenges head on or going the easy way—no judgement either way!).
There's also a certain duality and polarity to the Chariot that I sometimes overlook. Oftentimes, I jump to "speed," "agility" and "acceleration" when this card pops up. And isn't that a Chariot trait in itself—jumping to the fastest definition that comes to us? The presence of two hands and two different sets of bangles shows us that there is more than one way to go. If we play our cards and steer our chariots just right, we can come to that happy medium that will have us centered and moving straight ahead.
Pretty Standard Stuff About The Chariot (check out the Light Grey Tarot and the Sakki Sakki depictions pictured above):
- The Chariot of the Light Grey Tarot is driven by a woman and her two tigers, one colored black and one colored white. The black and white theme may be an offshoot of the traditional RWS card, where the colors represent good and evil, light and dark, and our capacity, as humans, to veer to either side of the fence.
- The starburst behind the Light Grey charioteer's head could be a mark of Divine Guidance—of the way we let ourselves be led by our inner light.
- The Sakki Sakki charioteer is both the driver and the vehicle at the same time. The dragons that replace his legs are brightly colored against a muted backdrop. This can represent the color that can come into our lives if we let our legs (and our spirit) take us where adventure calls.
- Again, duality is present in the Sakki Sakki Chariot card. The Chariot just doesn't work if only one leg steers and leads the way. We need to find a way for both sides to work together so we can move forward properly, without any one side straggling or lagging behind.
But what about cards that go off the beaten path? (see the illustrations in the Ceccoli Tarot and the Metro Tarot instead).
- The Ceccoli Tarot's charioteer looks despondent and unmoving—the stark opposite of our more traditional cards. She's also coddling a baby, which could be the reason why she's so afraid to get going (perhaps protection and safety is more a priority for her?). To me this symbolizes inertia. Without an outside push (or shove, for that matter), people who are too concerned with playing it safe may never move at all.
- The Metro Tarot's spunky charioteer sits atop her car, ready for adventure. Her arm is raised, almost willing the wind to blow her away and whisk her out of the city and into the woods.
And if you're not used to reading cards that stray from the classics, here are prompts to ask yourself:
- What part of your life is aching for some forward motion?
- Have you ever allowed yourself to be swept up by momentum?
- What part of your own Chariot card calls out to you the most? Is it the expression on his or her face? The chariot or vehicle? Or the road / destination ahead?
Here's hoping that this week's card inspires some movement in your own life! Next week, we tackle one of the more popular cards of the Major Arcana, Strength. In the meantime, if you've got any insights about the cards, send me a message or hit me up on Instagram @practical_magical so we can have a conversation. 'Til next week!