Cancer and The Chariot – Tenacity and Responsibility

Tarot The Chariot, Astrology Cancer
The Chariot – Radiant Rider Waitte
The Wheel Turns.  At the Spring Equinox we entered Aries season – the First sign of the Zodiac that explores the question of identity and individuality with the phrase “I AM”, and we meet the Tarot card The Emperor.  Next, the sun travels through the sign of Taurus, and we learn all the pleasures and pains of physical embodiment, and thus learn that our identity is shaped by what “I HAVE” and what we value – even building structures and systems like The Hierophant to try and save or maintain these things we find beautiful.  Yet- all of these ideas about identity and value don’t get us very far without deeper thought and communication – and Gemini season begins to teach us about how we present ourselves in more refined ways, echoing “I THINK” (therefore I Am?”) out into the universe.  With our thoughts come counter-points presented by others and thus we begin to enter into the realm of partnerships and duality with the tarot card The Lovers.
Then at the Summer Solstice – the first quarter of the year has ended and we come across Cancer energy. Cancer is the nurturing, affectionate, emotional force of the Zodiac. Through Cancer energy we learn about intuition, loyalty, sympathy, and imagination. Cancer nature is also dualistic and sometimes contradictory, much like Gemini energy which is always changing based on who they are around… Cancer energy transforms within itself. On one side it wants to be nurturing and helpful, but on the other side it is self-centered and brooding. It longs for adventure yet craves security. The tarot card related to Cancer is The Chariot, and you can see the opposing forces present on this card. But the one thing about Cancer energy is that it is tenacious. Once a crab grabs hold of something, it won’t let go. The Chariot teaches us that once our choices have been made, a commitment is made. (This is the realm of Consequences – very fitting to first really face this lesson through the soft mothering sign of Cancer – in direct opposition from the more strict sign of Capricorn where this lesson is taken to the next level) For now, no matter what, whatever choices you made have set the wheels in motion and you have started down this path. The Chariot and Cancer teach us about responsibility, about having strength of resolve. We might not know exactly what lies on the path ahead of us, or how many turns onto new paths we might take. But once we take hold of the reigns and make the choice, the journey has begun! Don’t let go of the reins, don’t loosen your grip, keep your head up and accept responsibility for whatever choices you have made. Once you accept responsibility, you will find that you can channel your emotions more clearly, use your intuition to your advantage, and you will find yourself seeing creative answers to whatever problems and roadblocks you may face.  We first encounter these lessons of responsibility and consequences at home in our early childhood – often from our mothers.  The sign of Cancer is deeply associated with Home, Early Childhood, and the type of nurturing stability we seek as a home environment in our adult lives.


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.”
In the Great Wheel, Cancer is the first Water sign that is encountered in the Zodiac year – bringing in a new layer of intuitiveness and nurturing to the Fire, Earth, and Air already experienced.  It is the second Cardinal sign of the zodiac – so we’re revisiting the Cardinal energy first introduced with Aries, but it takes a totally new approach with water as it’s guide.  Cardinal Fire can be pushy in a way that burns quick and bright – while the Cardinal Water energy has a more patient pressure, like the water of a river carving out a canyon.  The symbolism of The Chariot can provide more clues to these elements of responsibility, drive, and tenacity of the astrological sign of Cancer.


  • 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 7tarot the chariot-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.

Sky, Earth & Fire – Memories of New Moon 5/15/18

The New Moon in Taurus happened on May 15th, early in the morning.  Shortly after the New Moon, Uranus entered Taurus for the first time since the 1940’s.  Later that afternoon, the moon moved into Gemini, and after sunset Mars entered the sign of Aquarius.  It was a powerful day for setting intentions, especially dealing with any type of revolution.

My partner and I gathered some friends over for an evening of food, fireside chats, and ritual.  I shared with some friends my thoughts on the power behind the Uranus/Taurus and Mars/Aquarius transition.  New Moons are generally always a good time for setting intentions and planting seeds of ideas or desires that you want to manifest.  Uranus is the planet best described as the Revolutionary.  He’s the ultimate non conformist, anarchist, and humanitarian; the driving force behind the awakening to higher consciousness.  Wherever Uranus goes, there is bound to be some sort of revolution against structures or ideas that hold us back from our awakening.  Taurus is the earth sign that best embodies Mother Earth in her most fertile time; also potentially powerful for manifesting desires into the physical plane, like a New Moon.  Uranus here will break down or shake up any structures, beliefs or ideas that are holding us back from physically manifesting our desires… as long as those desires are for the greater good of mankind.  Mars, the God of War, planet of drive, passion, courage, and fight – just entered the sign of Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) – sign of friendship, brotherhood, invention, and revolution.  This is adding some fire to the Aquarian quest for Brotherhood and Ascension.  I described these Planetary transits with the Tarot: The Fool & The Hierophant for Uranus in Taurus, and The Tower & The Star for Mars in Aquarius.  As you can see, I felt it was a perfect and powerful time for gathering some friends and setting intentions with magick!

Before ritual, my partner was digging around in the earth to clear the area around the fire pit.  As he dug by hand, he found this beautiful quartz crystal:

The Hierophant & The Fool cards on the altar:

Tarot and Astrology, The Hierophant and Taurus, Uranus and The Fool
Uranus enter Taurus

Friends gathered around the small fire pit in the back yard:

I love the Rey of sunlight beaming through the smoke in this picture!

After sunset, more friends arrived and we worked together to build the fire a bit bigger, and each added a piece of the wood to the fire to represent something we wished to release or burn away to make room for our own personal growth or revolution.  I was very honored to hold space and cast a sacred circle for those who gathered with us, and we called upon Uranus (God of the Sky) to celebrate his reunion with Gaia (Mother Earth, Taurus).  We each spoke our intentions up to the sky and then “planted” them into the earth to be nourished, gestate, and then born or fulfilled when the time is right.  We ended the ritual with some singing and chanting around the fire.

It was a lovely ritual and gathering and I wanted to write it down somewhere to keep it preserved (yeah, the sun is still in Taurus and I want to hold or keep that which I find beautiful).  After the ritual we had some fun times all gathered in the living room.  We looked at a couple astrology charts, danced to an old Jazzercize video from the 80’s, shared some food and talked about life.  I’m beyond grateful for the friends that I have made over the past year; the community that has embraced me and uplifted me through hard times.  Taurus season has asked us to examine beyond the “I AM” of Aries, into the “I HAVE” mode of The Bull.  I’ve discovered that the greatest things I HAVE are friendship and community.

A very blurry picture or me and some great friends!