For only the second time in all these years of my posts, The Chariot rides into our weekly reading.
This is exquisite timing, for during this very week, we are between the solar calendar celebration of Samhain (Oct. 31) and the astrological cross-quarter date of Samhain (sometimes called Old Samhain), on Nov. 7. Samhain, of course, is the Celtic New Year and the magical New Year for many traditions. It is a time of profound endings and new beginnings.
This week also brings us the New Moon in Scorpio and a pivotal Plutonic/Scorpionic American election that may change forever our nation’s identity and destiny.
So on many levels, this week we stand at a crossroads, and are truly between the worlds. What better transport could carry us through this time than The Chariot?
The Chariot is the number seven of the Major Arcana. Of course, seven is a most magical number of luck, success, and power. Pythagoras called it the perfect number, a combination of 3 and 4, the triangle and the square, which he considered the perfect figures.
In their book that accompanies the beautiful DruidCraft Tarot, Philip Carr-Gomm and Bill Worthington write, “The journey to develop the persona, ego, or everyday self is a long one. But once we become conscious of a center of awareness within ourselves, we can start to allow a natural organizing principle to work through us, which manifests as will.”
The Chariot portrays the victory that is possible through such organization, will and self-discipline. Perhaps there is literal travel on the horizon, or an opportunity for leadership and recognition.
But this card also indicates that as long as we meet it head-on, we can reconcile the strife of opposites, and turn it into collaboration and forward momentum. Instead of a combative approach, the Chariot urges maturity and the mastery of our emotions. By doing so, we can defuse angry or recalcitrant extremism. When we take the high road, we can make a more balanced and wise progress.
Many Tarot scholars divide the 22 cards of the Major Arcana into 3 groups, from 1-7, 8-14, and 15-21, with The Fool, as zero, standing alone as beginning and end. As the Chariot is the last card of the first group, it has sometimes been interpreted as the final test in the first degree of initiation.
It is thus the precise turning point between external, worldly matters and the spiritual, inner journey.
And we stand on that exact edge this very week. We now bid goodbye to the outward, active time of year, and move inwards. Like Persephone, who was abducted by Hades on His chariot, we are now carried deep into the dark of the year, and into our own underworlds.
In this time between, as we celebrate the beginning of the magical new year, the Chariot encourages us to set our intention. What resolution rings true for you, in the coming new year? What will your goal be? Only by engaging directly with whatever obstacles lie before you can you triumph.
In what ways are you being challenged to know and manifest your willpower? What new path forward unfolds before you?
Now is the time to marshal your energy, set a clear intention, focus, and move forward with confidence.
By doing so, the victory you envision can be yours.