Martha Adams © 2017
The Chariot VII is a carefully composed, symmetrical picture that gives a sense of anticipation, organisation and balance. The card is filled with positive symbols and elements suggesting the possibility of great personal success. The rich and complex imagery on The Charioteer’s armour suggests that his/her quest will not be a simple or easy one but will demand the full extent of his/her inner and outer resources. The expanse of yellow sky shows a feeling of optimism and certainty. The visual ‘weight’ of the overall image is concentrated in the lower part of card, demonstrating that his/her quest is realistic and well-grounded in the physical world.
The Charioteer is poised; ready to take-on the challenges that lie ahead. His/her gleaming helmet brings our attention directly to the large guiding Star that serves to illuminate his/her path. The Star represents possibilities of fame, fortune and the fulfilment of hopes and dreams. The silver colour of the armour on his/her chest and forearms symbolises dignity, self-control, determination and organisation; and upright, represents the magical gifts and safe travel bestowed by Goddesses. The two Moons on his/her shoulders have their faces raised towards the sky signifying that The Charioteer is able to access information from mystical sources through his insight, intuition and imagination. His/her belt and battle-skirt are rich with astrological glyphs demonstrating a keen understanding of his/her own personality and personal destiny. The environment from which s/he commences his/her travels is bathed in bright yellow, the colour of the 3rd Chakra, signifying a joyful intellect and representing a healthy self-image, self-confidence and self-esteem.
The Chariot itself appears well-designed and structurally sound; the open cage that supports the canopy provides the charioteer with an uninterrupted 360° view of the surrounding environment. Trump 7 is often referred to as a card of ‘clear-vision’ or clairvoyance. The star-encrusted, pale-blue canopy symbolises that both Charioteer and chariot move under the protection of the heavens and the guidance of the cosmos. The light blue canopy is the colour of the 5th Chakra demonstrating the Charioteer’s ability ‘give voice’ to his dreams. The Charioteer holds his gold-tipped and pale blue wand before him/her demonstrating that the source of his/er will power; showing s/he holds the secrets of the universe in his/her hand and in action, reflects the principle of divine inspiration; again we see ‘as above so below’ as an energy that underlies personal endeavour and success.
On the front of the chariot is the symbol of Isis; the full moon supported by extended blue wings showing that The Egyptian goddess gives the journeyman both her blessings and the magic needed to take his/her vehicle on the correct path. The red Hindu emblem symbolises the seamless union of male and female energies. The solid rise of city walls behind him/her signifies healthy personal boundaries; while providing sure context for his/her quest. Both The Chariot and the cityscape are soft grey, a feminine colour that represents flexibility of thought and action offering The Charioteer the capacity to change and redirect his/her focus, as necessary. The red-tipped towers and turrets add to the image’s overall symmetry and symbolise his/her passion is supported by well-defined goals and objectives. The river of life flows full and evenly between the chariot and the city, suggesting that even while The Charioteer has his/her own agenda s/he remains connect to a potent, fluid emotional life-force.
The Charioteer uses no physical means to control the powerful black and white sphinxes; their mirror image patterns symbolising the body and mind and the four elements - earth, wind, fire, and water – all existing in correct balance. The Egyptian sphinx implies the power of the ‘lion’s strength’. To avail him/herself of this power, for his/her own purposes, the emotions must be controlled by the intellect and physical strength directed by The Charioteer’s own willpower and by divine will. With this level of self-control, the mythical beasts of half man-half lion remain obediently at the base of his vehicle, quietly flicking their tails, in anticipation of the demanding and exhilarating journey ahead.
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