The Chariot represents mastery in the Major Arcana. Here we learn the lesson that we must drive our own lives if we are to be truly in charge. Some would tell you that the Charioteer is a ruthless warrior, but consider something if you will.
His is a lonely journey. Driving alone he will encounter many who would do him harm. He must be always prepared. Perhaps we can think of the Charioteer as the adult Eagle Scout. He learned to “always be prepared” and has translated that into his maturation into a man who must lead no matter what.
My question for you is … is there any cost too high for you? What would you go to battle for if it meant your own life? Once you have picked up the reins to drive yourself, you must be prepared to make those kind of decisions.
Crown Canopy Forward Sphinx Shield Blue Stars Sun Gold
Where do you wish me to go
Forward to seek the secrets
Backwards to reorient myself
Shall I take the reins in hand
Eschewing all ancient wisdom
Do I bow down before you
Crowned by the sun to rule
Or do I question even the sphinx
Mastering my own life my own way
If I charge ahead with courage
Will I win gold stars for my chest
Or will my chariot’s canopy yield
My blue lipped body carried
Home to my mother on my shield
Drive this careening life I must
But first I will learn all I can
First I will seek the knowledge
At the end of my own reins
Stephanie Arwen Lynch
This exercise began with the Fool. To learn more about how I am doing this, explore this post.
Chariot, Rider-Waite Tarot
Chariot, The Tarot of Prague (OOP)