VII- The Chariot
Associated Astrology: Cancer
Key words: Motion, Decision, Balance, Focus, Defences, Direction, Victory, Will, Assertion, Union of Opposites, Self-belief, Clarity, Speed, Technique, Flexibility
"Man maintains his balance, poise and sense of security only as he is moving forwards" - Maxwell Maltz
Welcome to the pacy Chariot card. He thunders into your life with velocity and focus in mind. How else will he win the race and beat the other competitors to the finish line? But it isn't just his desire to win that carrys him to victory. There are a number of factors to consider with this charismatic card, and it helps to consider yourself as that proverbial charioteer before they can become clear.
Firstly, what are you wearing? It may appear to be a frivolous question, but a good charioteer needs protective items of clothing. What if he falls off? However, if he clads himself in a full suit of armour then he'll weigh down his chariot and tire his horses. So how do we get the balance right?
As the Chariot relates to the sign of Cancer, he asks you to consider your defences in a personal and emotional sense. You may have needed a protective outlook in the past, but now is the time to ask yourself if there is anything that can be relinquished. Overprotection will affect your ability to react well. On the other hand, there may be areas that are too exposed to vulnerability that could do with a bit of padding. We may need to reshuffle our armour so that we have moveability, lightness and sensible protection.
Secondly, how well behaved are your horses? Horses represent our complimentary yin and yang forces. If we push them to hard, they will tire, yet if we are holding back they cannot get going. Again, this card highlights a required balance, this time between forward thrust and conservation of energy. He is asking us, 'are we being efficient with our efforts'? Is our rest truly restful? Is our thrust truly productive?
Often in a reading, I find that the horses can also represent opposing directions in which we want to travel. If we don't bring them into alignment, we won't get anywhere at all. How can we compromise these divergent forces into one clear direction? Sometimes, a third motivation, previously hidden from view is the real answer. I call this the happiness horse - it stands in the middle of the two seen in the card. Until this compromise is happily struck, be cautious though. At worse, we could fly off at a corner and we need to be conscious of placing speed over placement. Bear this in mind when driving anywhere under the influence of this card. On a basic level, he can indicate issues with our mode of transport.
Thirdly, the most significant mode of transport is our own body. He is asking us whether we are being too inactive or too physically demanding of ourselves. Stress or lethargy will scupper this athletic energy. So how can we be both fighting fit and relaxed? Well, our primary goal is to align ourself with the forces of physics, just like the charioteer. His focussed and intentional horses will do the work for him, and if the chariot is oiled and strong, he need only concern himself with placing himself in good relationship with them. Then he can look to the road ahead with watchfullness and clarity.
In a spiritual sense, the Chariot requires us to be decisive in our aim, confident in our self-belief and have faith in our own ability to manifest our goal. Yet, most significantly, he knows that his relationship with the energy of success will show him the best route, even if it is not the one he previously had in mind.
Finally, when all the preparition is done, he can optimise his chance of getting to the finish line at record-breaking speed. If the Chariot is your card of the moment, then only a sense of forward motion can bring you the balance you're looking for. Maybe the race has yet to start, so now is the time for strategy. Or maybe you are fully involved already, so now is the time for focus and adjustment. Either way, readiness is key.
Remember that this race is not about your competitors. All champions are unique and create their own individual magic. It is about running the race of your personal dreams. You are about to fly forward towards your heart's desire with re-invigorated force. Seize the day and claim your prize. Ready, set, GO!