The Chariot is here to welcome in 2023! Why the Chariot? If you add the individual digits in 2023 together it equals 7, which is the Chariot in the Major Arcana. But what does this signify?
Looking At The Chariot
Let’s take a look at the standard imagery for the Chariot. A powerful warrior stands in full armor decorated with crescent moons. Those crescents symbolize both the waning and waxing moon, so you can see them as new beginnings as well as endings.
The figure is crowned with laurels and stars, both symbols of success as well as a “spiritual evolution”, source and holds a wand, but no reins. How is the vehicle controlled? Through willpower and mental control.
Black and white sphinxes power the chariot but notice how they point in different directions. This imagery represents duality and opposing forces that the charioteer controls through their own willpower, confidence, and concentration.
Behind the charioteer flows a river, in this deck it looks as if the chariot has crossed the river by bridge or perhaps ferry. I feel this represents the ability to rise above emotional torrents to achieve goals. The background shows the towers of a fortified city; the charioteer is leaving the safe and known in order to achieve their goals.
Interpreting The ChariotThis card is all about willpower, strength, and determination. It encourages us to focus and use all of our talents and abilities to move forward. Armor yourself against any and all challenges, but don’t avoid them! Be direct and meet them head-on! This isn’t a card of prevarication. Instead, the Chariot tells us that sometimes we need to plow through all difficulties to get what we want.
The Chariot is also about control. Before you can change the world, you must conquer your own fears or feelings. Those thoughts of inadequacy? Ignore them, ride over them, and do what needs to be done!
But this card doesn’t tell you to go in willy-nilly! You need a plan, a goal, or a destination. Unlike the Knight of Wands, who charges in without thought and can cause more problems than they solve, the charioteer has specific needs and goals to achieve and that is where they focus their will and determination.
The Chariot and 2023What does this mean for 2023? I feel that we will all need to buckle down and focus on what is important. Ignore rabbit holes and side paths and keep our eyes on what we really want to achieve. It boils down to deciding what is important to you this year and focusing all of your energy and actions on those goals.
You may have several goals, some personal, some more public, or community-based. Now is the time to plot and plan a path through the year to achieve or come closer to those goals. Now think about obstacles. How can you plow through those obstacles? Where do you need to move more carefully and perhaps go around? Are there multiple routes to achieve your goals? Which route will you follow?
This is important because once you’ve started your path you need to continue it through to the end! That is the core of this card! Determination and, well, just grit is going to be needed this year. Dig deep and you’ll find everything you need is within you.
Happy New Year!
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