Sunday, October 21, 2012

VII The Chariot

VII The Chariot

Keywords: Achievement, Achieving hard control, Achieving victory, Anger reserved, Asserting yourself,Assertiveness, Assuming the reins of power, Authority, Beating the competition, Being determined to succeed, Being ego-focused, Choices, Coming out on top, Concentrating your energies, Crossroads, Curbing impulses, Delicacy, Determination, Discipline, Dominating, Ego-focused, Establishing an identity, Faith in yourself & your abilities, Feeling self-confident, Fine judgment, Firm & direct, Fixing on a goal, Focusing your intent, Getting your way, Goal oriented, Goals reached, "Grit", Hard control, Having faith in yourself, Healthy ego, Holding in anger, Knowing who you are, Letting nothing distract you, Looking out for your interests, Maintaining discipline, Mastering emotions, Movement, No distractions allowed, Power, Reaching your goal, Rise above temptation, Self-assertion, Self-confidence, Self-control, Self-mastery, Showing authority, Strength, Successful, Sustaining an effort, Travel, Using your will, Victory, Willpower, Winning out over others

Picture Julius Caesar riding his chariot triumphantly into Rome. He has defeated his enemies and conquered vast, new lands. This is the spirit of the Chariot. Card 7 represents the victories that are possible through willpower and self-mastery. A military image is appropriate for the Chariot because this card stands for the strengths associated with combat - discipline, grit, determination and assertiveness.

The Chariot represents the positive aspects of the ego. A healthy ego is one that is strong and self-assured. It knows what it wants and how to get it. We can get annoyed at someone whose ego is too healthy, but we often turn to that person to lead us through difficult moments. We know he or she won't be wishy-washy.

In readings, the Chariot often appears when hard control is or could be in evidence. At its best, hard control is not brutal, but firm and direct. It is backed up by a strong will and great confidence. The Chariot can mean self-control or control of the environment. This card also represents victory. There are many types of wins; the Chariot's is of the win-lose type. Your success comes from beating the competition to become number one. Such moments are glorious in the right circumstances.

The Chariot travels a road opened in VI The Lovers. The central Self has to control the wild, unruly strength of the horse while using that very energy to move himself forward as speed. He needs to maintain balance, as the light chariot can be upset or made unstable at any moment. He is the eyes and guide of the horse, which symbolizes the mighty desire nature. The chariot is the symbol of the mind.

Good progress. Pay attention to the method of proceeding, rather than concentrating purely on the goal.

At a crossroads, which road do you take? Evaluate the choices and move forward.

Don't be the rash hero, move cautiously without pride to make a prompt and just decision. The situation will benefit from a philosophical approach and allow you to circumvent red tape.

Change yourself first before trying to alter the external environment. Success will be gained through the use of intelligence.

Caring & nurturing powers that are able to command others.

A vacation will bring release. Travel stimulates enthusiasm.

Movement from the current location. Change of residence or work is possible.

The Chariot is controlled movement, being aware of what’s ahead of you and keeping an eye on what’s behind. When the road splits or crosses, which do you take? What do you do? Stay on the road you’re on or take a chance on a new one? Be strong, make a firm decision and progress with determination.

Reinforcing Dignities:
Magician - using your will, concentrating
Two of Wands - being in authority, dominating
Six of Wands - triumph, self-confidence
Four of Pentacles - control
Nine of Pentacles - self-control, discipline

Opposing Dignities:
Strength - soft control
Hanged Man - accepting God's will, putting others first
Tower - defeat, humbling experience
Eight of Swords - confusion, self-doubt
Ten of Swords - powerless, in the pits, putting others first

Use this card for magick works involving movement: physically moving from one location to another, travel, or when you're at a crossroads and don't know which direction you should make your next move.

Perform a simple candle ritual with the card placed in front of the candle dressed with herbs & oil(s) appropriate to the situation you are doing the work for.

Carry the card with you during the day, keeping it close so its energies will influence you and your surroundings. 

Place the card where it can be seen & contemplated upon during the day.

Use a pendulum to divine the sort of creative energy you're needing or wanting.

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