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How to Read the Chariot Tarot Card

Learn how to read the Chariot tarot card from expert Ellen Goldberg, M.A. in this Howcast video.


Hello. I'm Ellen Goldberg, and I welcome you to A Tarot Moment from the School of Oracles. In this segment, we're going to look at the card of the chariot.
The chariot is a very ancient image. This very same symbol has been used for time and memorial all over the world, and in the earliest references to the chariot that seems to describe this card so perfectly, comes from 800 years BC from the book of Akita, where they say the self, meaning the higher self, the self is the rider in the chariot of the body, of which the horses are the senses and the mind is the reigns.

In our right of way deck, the horses have been exchanged for sphinxes, because the senses do pull us. The black and white horse means are very similar, actually, to the black and white pillar on either side of the high priestess, affirmation and negation, the yes and the no in all things, will either pull towards something or pull away from something. We want it, we don't want it, and these things, they're puzzling. As they say, you have to understand your humanity. You have to understand, says the riddle of the sphinx, how your senses work, how your humanity works, or it will devour you.

You'll see that this rider has no reigns in his hands, because he controls the chariot through mental control, and that's why the reigns are invisible.
The Hebrew letter associated with this card is chet, C-H-E-T, and it means "a field and defense the encloses the field." That field represents our personality, in which so many, almost innumerable forces come to play to make us where we are, and we cultivate that field.

It is ruled by the sign of cancer, and cancer rules the chest, which is also enclosed by a field, our ribs, a fence around the most vital organs of the body. Cancer is considered one of the most receptive signs in the zodiac, and here, a very important idea associated with this card is receptivity to the will of the higher self. The greatest most heroic deeds are done, not through the self, the small self, but letting the higher self work through you.

This card tells us a great deal about the conditions to achieving this, because you notice that the chariot is not within the city. It's outside of the city, across the river. In other words, we need some time of seclusion. We need private time in order to make this connection. But if you meditate on this card, you can set up the flow of the inspiration of the self into you, and because this card is sometimes called "the victorious chariot," you can achieve great deeds.

On the higher polarity, think victory. Think influence of the higher self. Think being mentally in control. In the lower polarity you can be torn apart by those senses, pulled this way and that way, closed to higher influences, and perhaps, experiencing defeat.


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