Tarot Deep Dive: The Chariot

The Chariot card from the Smith-Rider-Waite Tarot deck

I have a profound interest in the Chariot card because it is my life card. If you have never figured out what your life card is, all you need to do is add together all of the digits of your birthday until you get down to a single digit. Then you have your life card. I can do a blog post about the life card in the future. Let me know in the comments if you are interested.

In the Charicot card we see the Charioteer. He is standing in the chariot and his face is relaxed. This card typically signifies success, so perhaps the Charioteer waged a successful campaign and is now coming back. There is a lot to be said for that when it comes to interpreting this card.

However, my teacher Lindsay Mack (who I think heard it from someone else, I don’t remember now) astutely pointed out that this card is not named the Charioteer; it is named The Chariot. So while we may notice that the Charioteer seems successful in his endeavors, we should be focused on his vehicle.

The Chariot’s astrological correspondence is Cancer, and through this correspondence we get a bit more information about the meaning of this card. The sign for Cancer is the crab,and the crab moves about in a shell. Once the crab outgrows his shell, it has to find a new one. But this is no easy task! The crab has to find the right shell, and then it has to leave the old shell – leaving itself vulnerable in the process – in order to go into the new shell.

The Chariot is like that shell. The Chariotever has been successful in this chariot, but now they need to find a new vehicle to venture forth in, preferably one with horses instead of sphinxes – one probably won’t get very far with sphinxes leading the way. But in order to take advantage of the expansion that is possible with a new chariot, the Charioteer has to leave the old chariot behind, making themselves vulnerable in the process.

So the Chariot card invites us to examine our lives and the vehicles that move us through it, which could be just about anything: our job, our families, our house – anything that moves us through this life. We can identify which of those vehicles are worn down and need to be replaced while also acknowledging the process of replacing and expanding can leave us vulnerable for a time. But once we get past that, we will have a wonderful new vehicle in which we can expand and learn and grow.

Does this interpretation resonate with you? Do you have any specific cards that you would like me to do a deep dive on? Let me know in the comments below!

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