KEYWORDS: Victory, Control, Aggressive, Journey, Assertion, Discipline, Movement
CARD DEFINITION: You may see success soon. Have a positive outlook towards life and keep away from negative people. Perseverance is the key to your success. You will be able to overcome your adversaries due to you decisiveness. This is a good time for travel.
REVERSE DEFINITION: You may be able to see success but not taste it. Thing may not be working out the way you fee they should be. There may be some losses in you ventures. You may develop a feeling of envy towards others. Last minute defeats may occur.
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Interpreting The Chariot
The Chariot is the eighth card in the sequence of the tarot deck. Much like the Lovers card before it, the Chariot also has much to do with the realm of the emotions. However, it is important to note that the emotions involved are no longer in their pure, unfettered form anymore. The Chariot is about the productivity and power that comes about once one learns to control, channel, and tame his emotions and instincts. Only once you are able to gain mastery over yourself can you then hope to gain control over the world around you or any of the people in it.
The Chariot teaches us that the way to such mastery is through diligent self discipline, making the use of a military symbol for the ideals this card represents incredibly appropriate. Much like the military promotes self control and resiliency through tough tactics so that new recruits can better triumph under pressure, the Chariot shows us the way to achievement and fulfillment through self-control and self-awareness. When we learn the lessons it teaches once and for all, we're not only better survivors in the face of life's adversities, but more complete beings as well - ready for anything life can possibly throw at us.
The traditional tarot image of the Chariot depicts a regal male figure riding within the chariot itself. The vehicle itself is usually shown as being pulled by two sphinxes of differing colors, although there are many Chariot images that feature traditional horses instead. The two different color sphinxes symbolize opposing poles - positive and negative, dark and light, et cetera. The fact that the chariot driver has successfully harnessed them and used their innate power to convey himself from where he is to where he needs to be symbolizes the triumph of the human spirit over challenge, adversity, instinct, and irrationality.
The image as a whole serves to remind us that although we as humans need our emotions to be our driving force in the world, they are not the productive forces they can be unless they are properly harnessed and put to good use. Instead of giving in to grief, anger, or other strong emotions and letting them consume us, we can channel them into productive activity that makes us better people.
When the Chariot makes an appearance in a tarot spread, it typically signifies the presence of a situation in which similar mastery over one's emotions and instincts is called for. The querent should not allow his energy to be wasted by self-pity, idleness, or fear. Instead, he should understand that he is being asked to stand up, take control of himself for the better, and soldier on into the future with his chin up.
The Chariot can also symbolize generalized concepts related to its overall meaning such as motivation, perseverance, and steadfastness. However, it is important to note that as is the case with anything, there is a shadow side to such things. The querent should be careful to make sure that he doesn't become pig-headed or overly stubborn in his desire to win. He should remember that the Chariot isn't just about the achievement of victory. It is about achieving it wisely, sanely, and safely as well.