The Chariot card conjurers images of being on a courageous journey or returning from a battle. It’s basic traditional meaning refers to victory after a strong commitment to a cause, moving forward with boldness and maybe even aggression. It indicates success against the odds while using your willpower and determination to win at specific goals you have in your life. There are a number of ways you can use the tarot and the Chariot card can be meditated upon daily to help you build fortitude and commitment to something that is important to you. Here are 4 scenarios this card can be useful to help you move forward.
When you hate your job, but unable to move on in the short term.
It is all very well to for people to say ‘Do what you love and the money will follow’. Of course there is some truth in this, but it is a little fluffy around the edges. Sometimes we find ourselves in jobs that we don’t like because of personal circumstances, or maybe it was a job you once liked but don’t like anymore. You may have lofty dreams to be else where, but not feeling confident that you can get to where you want to be. You may want to just quit your job immediately but you don’t have a plan to help you transition elsewhere, therefore it would be unwise to just leave.
In order to use the wisdom of the Chariot card, it is important to have an idea where you would rather be because then you can see a personal journey laid out in front of you. This journey may be studying for a new qualification while continuing to work at your current job so you don’t put yourself under too much stress financially while you make your transition. This takes courage!
When you turn up each day to your job, imagine yourself as the figure you see in the Chariot card-he is strong, disciplined and uses his willpower to achieve what it is that he desires. When that feeling of depression washes over you as you make your way to the job you dislike, think like the Chariot. He has battles to get through-most of them are inner battles to overcome. Self assertion and determination are with him each day. Allow yourself to really take on the energy of this card and act as if you are there. A change in thinking literally changes your biology and you will find yourself getting through your days while you work on your bigger dreams with just a little more ease both physically and mentally.
Rather than thinking ‘Oh I hate this job. I am so bored. These people really annoy me’. Think ‘This job is only temporary. It is helping me get to where I really want to be by providing a financial base that I need to help pay for the new qualifications I need to get a better job or start that business I have been dreaming of”. Outwardly, your situation in the short term has not changed, but your mental attitude has changed. This card indicates you will be victorious if you are willing to be diligent and overcome obstacles and stay positive.
When you feel you are being overlooked at work for certain opportunities.
Sometimes it takes real boldness to stand out at work and you have to be willing to confidently put your armour on and go after what it is you want. You have to show self control and a willingness to perhaps go against the grain in your workplace to find success. The Chariot card is related to The Magician in the Tarot through its symbolism of the wand that the figure holds, which suggests creativeness to mold your personal circumstance into a favourable outcome.
It is also interesting to note the symbol of the wings, which is also a symbol that is used on the badge by the Royal Australian Air Force which has an inscription ‘Per Adua Ad Astra’, which means ‘Through Struggle To The Stars’, or ‘Through Adversity To The Stars’. Stars are another symbol on this card over and behind the figure, so this sums up the meaning of this card quite well. Although you may find it a struggle to get ahead in work, it is necessary for your personal growth to overcome the struggles, and in doing so you will have success and victory both inwardly and outwardly.
When you are starting a business.
It is never an easy thing to start a business. If it were easy, everyone would probably be doing it. This is where using the energy of the Chariot can really help. There are going to be many new things you have to face when starting your business and you will need to grow not only new skills, but grow personally as an individual. You will need to overcome many obstacles and have great self control and discipline.
See your self as the figure in the Chariot-self assured, confident, self controlled, on a a journey and being bold. Strength and fortitude need to be your best friend. The easiest way to draw on the energy of the card is to pretend you are that card.
When you are nervous about upcoming exams, or have a big performance or public speaking commitment.
Given that much preparation goes on behind the scenes before an exam or any other nerve racking deadline you have to meet, the Chariot can help you prepare. He can inspire confidence in you each day leading up to your big event and remind you to be courageous and have self discipline to attain the desired result you are after. He helps you to see through the struggles you might be feeling whether they be your lack of self confidence or procrastination on taking the steps that you need to take to give yourself the best chance of personal success. And when the big day has arrived to conquer your fears and face the inner battle, you step forward with skill and fortitude and look the challenge squarely in the face and are bigger and victorious for having done so.
A final note.
To live and breath the energy of The Chariot, sit with the card quietly for a couple of minutes before you start your day. Close your eyes and bring to mind what it would feel like to be the figure in this card. It may be useful to find some music you like that matches the energy of the card that helps you to feel brave, confident, controlled and positive in your mind set to work through any struggles both physically and mentally.