Let the Chariot Pull and Go Forth

From the Rider Waite Tarot

So here we are again in our first, second, third, or final year at Marist College.  We are all entering into a state of shock probably wondering where the time went.  College is a place where you test your individuality and face what you fear the most.  What most of us call the “real world” starts, what we think, to be when we’re out of college.  But really, it starts here, today, in the present of reality.

The Chariot signifies us facing away from our past and from our confinement of childhood (let’s face it, most of our parents still tried to control us in high school) to prepare ourselves to venture into the world of college to prove a larger world waiting for us in the near future.  To be prepared for such an adventure that we may or may not be ready for, we must be courageous and we must be purposefully charging ourselves into the challenges that are set in our way for advancement.  The Chariot’s number, seven, signifies just that: advancement.  Paul Quinn’s Tarot for Life does excellent comparisons.

As we leave the comfort of our home, we bring with us parting gifts from our loved ones.  These parting gifts that we take with us symbolize the love that our family has for us.  It is not only difficult for us to leave the flock, but for our parents to see us sore into adulthood.  We see the Chariot’s rider holding the Magician’s wand which shows the riders ambition and power to manifest what he wants the most out of this life journey.  The two sphinx like creatures at the bottom represent our polar opposites within ourselves that will ultimately pull the chariot in the right direction.

They serve as our protection and our conscious self to make sure that our ego does not get involved when making decisions.  The very idea that we are finally on our own away from our parents can often lead to zealous behavior which then conflicts with our ego and those who are in our path of our chariot get trampled along the way.  This can also be caused by the fact that we are afraid of being on our own.

Notice the invisible reins that are controlled not by us, but by a higher authority.  This could be a professor that we become close to and that will help us to achieve what we want the most.  These professors can help us to move beyond our ego-driven selves to see the bigger picture that living life doesn’t have to be done alone.  We are not solely in charge when we don’t want to be; there will always be help.

Getting back to the two sphinx like creatures, notice that they are both looking in opposite directions.  This signifies our opposing directions in which we may not know which path to take.  This could mean that you may have a thought that you want to pursue, but a rational doubtful thought stands in your way.  You must have self-trust to overcome this thought and understand that your ambition and self-driven awareness that college is where you want to be is the right path for you.  You chose this path to college in the understanding that this experience will lead to a better life.  Rather than waiting for things to get better, just say “Screw it” and let the chariot pull full force into what you’re life entails.  Eventually, these opposing paths will reconcile.

Although the Chariot has many good things to say about moving forward, you must be aware of the “shadow” side of this card.  Don’t think that the only way of receiving good credit from those you love is through achievement of work.  Family will always support you no matter what.  Don’t let this thought succumb to low-drive, just go for it.  You’re here now for a reason, don’t think, just go.

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