From the book; “The Everything Tarot Book” by M.J. Abadie;” The Chariot is related to the sign of Cancer, which symbolizes the sheer tenacity of the life force. It’s image, the Crab, is known for the ability to hold on, just as the Charioteer holds firmly to his steeds. Cancer is the first water sign, and it represents relatedness, whether with others or with the opposing forces within one’s self. Cancer represents the process of the growth of the soul through the sustaining efforts of the life forces, which are by nature dual. Thus, Cancer’s primary characteristic is Tenacity. The Crab is known to never let go. Also representative of motherhood and family, Cancer is an extremely powerful sign, for the pulsating life force within it is extremely strong. Cancer’s relation to the moon and the High Priestess identifies this connection to The Great Mother and the strong inner force represented by this energy.”
- The main figure sits beneath a canopy of stars – both 5 pointed and 6 pointed stars adorn this canopy – representing the celestial influences or a connection to some kind of deeper intuition beyond body and mind.
- Alchemical symbols on the man’s cloak represent the transformative power of mankind,while the cresent moons on the shoulders represent a receptiveness to collecting and holding space for the world around him.
- The laurel and 7-pointed star of his crown represent a higher level of spiritual awareness has been attained, while the square on his chest represents Earth – a certain groundedness and strength or stability has been obtained.
- The wings on the chariot represent inspiration and the ability to seek new heights or elevate ourselves. The wings also represent the union of opposite forces – perhaps the union of the duality that we experienced in Gemini.
- The black and white sphynxes also represent this cohesion or union of duality – much like the yin-yang of Buddhist philosophies. Balance is gained through the mastery of both positive and negative forces.
- The driver holds no reins – only a wand like that seen in the tarot card The Magician. This suggests that his control over the chariot comes not from physical power or force – but from a more refined willpower and focus.
- The city is behind the chariot – the driver has already learned as much as he can from the structures of the city (the first quarter of the zodiac year) and has now struck out to create his own life, his own path, and create a new home for himself. There is also water behind him – indicating he has made a journey across water – often a metaphor for a transformational and spiritual experience.
Take some time to notice how you feel the influence of The Chariot in your life during Cancer season. You can intentionally sit with this card and some of the lessons of it in meditation, or place it on your altar to see it frequently and try to activate it’s energy in your life. Ask yourself how you can be more like the chariot driver. Or, if you ARE the chariot driver – what is it that is behind you ?(your city and water that you have already passed through) Where is it that you are going? Are you trying to use force (reins) when you could just be using your willpower and magick? Have you mastered balance over duality well enough that your sphynxes (horses) will both go in the same direction when you give the command?
These are some great questions to explore as we approach the New Moon in Cancer coming up on July 13, 2018.