VII The Chariot
Positive: Determination. Success. Inner Peace. Self-Discipline.
Negative: Inconsiderate. Clinginess. Insecurity. Moodiness.
Qabalah: Cheth (Fence).
Archetypes: Warrior. Hero. Animus.
Herbs: St. John’s Wort, Iris, Lily, Dill, Rosemary.
Crystal: Amber, Flourite.
Introduction: The Chariot indicates a lot of energy but not free-for-all energy. It’s directed, controlled, and has a goal in mind. When this card appears you are likely to be fairly clear on what your hopes and dreams involve and what you are willing to do to get there.
General: In general this card points to determination and ambition, getting things done, and testing and proving what you’ve got. This is a sign that you should move forward with whatever you have in mind (and in your heart) and give it your best shot. Remember, though, that you’ll need to use both your intellect and your heart, in order to be truly successful.
Work: In terms of work, it’s important not to let small issues get blown out of proportion in your mind. There may be someone who is involved with your work who is (inadvertently or not) working against you. Don’t let this get you down, either. Just do the best you can and don’t waste time on worrying about the way others perceive your efforts. If you’re right (and you probably are) everyone will see this in the end anyway. You should be feeling very “charged up and ready to go.”
Love: In terms of love, it’s possible that you are tempted to go too far too fast and/or that someone is pressuring you that way. Either way, communicate as best you can about your boundaries and preferences and be honest with yourself about the possibilities. If you aren’t interested in a relationship with someone who clearly wants one with you then the kindest thing you can possibly do is to let them know that you just aren’t interested. The short term angst this may cause will benefit everyone in the long run.
Health: On the whole your vitality is very strong now and you should have quite a lot of “get up and go.” This is an excellent time to begin or to increase a fitness plan. You may be able to make more progress than you ever thought possible.
Finances: Finances in general may be going very well. You could be looking into purchasing something to do with transportation – a car, plane tickets to somewhere you have always wanted to go – anything of that nature. Prioritize paying down your debts. You can do it now if you are disciplined.
Spirituality: You may travel (even locally) to places that can help increase your spiritual awareness and you will be in a mode where you learn a lot quite quickly about spiritual matters. Don’t be afraid to attend seminars and talks on spiritual subjects that seem unfamiliar to you or outside your usual mode of learning. You can benefit in ways that you cannot currently imagine if you do try these new things. This can be a very profound time for you.
The Chariot Reversed
Introduction: In reversal, the Chariot is still a card about movement. This movement can be literal from one physical place to another or metaphysical – a change in where you or someone close to you needs a change in their heart and/or mind.
General: The reversed Chariot can indicate that you need to take a hard look at where you are going and why. Don’t allow yourself to engage in movement just for the sake of movement. Purpose and direction is important at times.
Work: The reversed Chariot may well point to a tendency to push “too far, too fast.” Yes, your ideas are good, and yes, you are right to be enthusiastic about them. However you cannot expect others to be at the same speed as you are. Be circumspect, and try to frame your messages in a variety of ways so that others can “hear you.”
Love: When the reversed Chariot appears, you may have come to the conclusion that you have met someone very special and that you need to push hard to get into this relationship… or vice versa, you are feeling as though you probably need to get out of one. In reversal, there’s a signal here that you should temper either impulse, especially that of pursuing a new relationship too enthusiastically. There’s a reason why they say “good things come to those who wait.” Don’t be afraid to wait!
Health: You may be all fired up and ready to move forward in taking steps to improve your health. That’s a good thing, but don’t get so carried away with speed and exercising too much so that you create a counter-productive situation. You can’t and shouldn’t go from zero to 120 miles per hour overnight – you’d risk injury or at the least starting something you won’t finish. Improve your fitness gradually.
Finances: You may be feeling a great deal of energy toward getting things accomplished and improving your financial lot in life. There is nothing wrong with this, however receiving this card in reversal can indicate a need to slow down and solicit at least one or two more opinions about your planned course of action. Remember the iron-clad rule: if something seems too good to be true, it IS too good to be true. Be prudent.
Spirituality: When you receive the chariot in reverse in the context of spirituality, you may have the feeling that you have finally found some spiritual answers that you have long been searching for. There is doubtless some truth to this; however when the card is in reverse, there is a slight warning implied here; by all means explore the new-found spiritual understanding, however, think ten or twelve times before entrusting your entire spiritual being to someone else or to an organization. Trust yourself, first.