By Lorraine Valente
In the tarot deck, card number 7 is called The Chariot, symbolic of the depth of nurturing Lunar folks provide. The Chariot is the director of his own destiny so long as he stays focused along his path. He is in control and holds the reins of his feelings. He leads the way with unwavering focus, ambition, and determination. It's apparent he's anxious to get to where he wants to go, which isn’t always where he needs to be. Sometimes this focus and determination is detrimental. It’s important to look up from time to time and attend to what is going on around you. Overly ambitious, excessive desire to pursue a goal “at any cost” can result in “not seeing the forest from the trees” and will actually sabotage one’s goals rather than achieve them!
The black and white Sphinx’s on this card are symbolic of opposing forces that need to be blended together. Each color wants to move in a different direction and it is the Charioteer’s job to prevent this with his powers of concentration, focus, and determination. Sometimes decisions are made with black and white thinking rather than seeing the shades of gray. Balance and compromise to the middle ground is required when this card appears. Being sensitive to the feelings of others, creative problem solving and keeping emotions in check with intellect are symbols of the Chariot.
When this card appears, there is a sense of blending yin and yang, feminine and masculine energies we possess. If The Chariot enters your reading, he gently reminds of the need to blend assertive and receptive energies. Androgyny is implied. He symbolizes the destiny you make for yourself as well as the inward journey. He is also considered a workaholic, actively exerting control over his environment.
Keywords: Asserting self, concentrating energies, fixating on a goal, ego focus, looking out for personal interests, not permitting distractions to deter or sidestep, rising above temptations, curbing impulses, determined to succeed, being receptive, self-mastery when male and female energies are in balance.
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