The Chariot Tarot Card: The Story of the Fool and His Chariot

chariot tarotTaromancy, otherwise known as the insightful reading of Tarot cards, is a practice that stems back from the Renaissance Period. In Northern Italy, fortune-tellers used card reading as a way to predict the future and give psychic readings to querents (people receiving the reading). The Tarot card deck is made up of 78 cards separated into three categories: Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and the Court cards. Each card in the deck is decorated with elaborate paintings that are symbolic of emotions and life events that have deep meaningful interpretations. Tarot is an exciting way to connect with the spiritual world, but there are other ways of finding Spiritual Truth, as you can learn in this course.

The story of The Fool is what leads the Tarot card reader on an enchanting journey as they give readings to individuals. The Fool is the first card in the deck and the first card of the Major Arcana. It is his story that develops on the face of each card as he goes through life’s joys and turmoil’s; much like all humans do. The story told through Tarot Card’s is significant for our everyday life. Many lessons can be learned, and as a Tarot Card reader, you can help guide people through past, present and future events. Learn how to read tarot cards for profit in this course.

Let’s talk about what the Fool has to do with the Chariot tarot card.

Who is the Fool? (And What Does This have to do with the Chariot?)

Prior to the Chariot card, there is Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, and Lovers. Each of these cards further explains what the Chariot ultimately represents. The story goes, that the Fool sets off with everything he owns in a pack on a staff – the opportunities are endless. He seeks to understand everything, to explore everything and to accomplish many things. However, he’s so blinded by excitement that he could walk right off the cliff in front of him. He encounters the Magician who undoes the Fool’s pack and shows him all of the ways in which he can use his belongings to overcome any obstacle, create any masterpiece and answer any questions. The Fool is so dumbfounded that he begins to question the power of his own mind. Did the Magician create the tools in his pack? Or is he really capable of empowering the mind to use what he has to do all of the things the Magician implored him to do? What’s his next move?

He leaves the Magician and is soon in the company of the High Priestess. She is everything the magician was not. She suggests that an idea is only an idea until you put it into action. The tools in the pack are useful but the Fool must decide what it is he wishes to do with them. Furthermore, the Fool must not lunge into an untimely decision about what to do, he needs to listen to his inner self for guidance. The Fool reflects on this and comes to a decision about what he needs to do. After bumping into the Empress, the Fool finds the patience to nurture his idea and develop it. Now that he’s on the right path, the Fool realizes he doesn’t have the know-how to manage his idea. The Emperor reminds him that it is strong will and strong order that will keep things moving along in an orderly fashion. Unfortunately, with strong order and will can come impatience and even controlling tendencies. The Fool learns to stay in control but keep well-tempered. Feeling confident, the Fool continues his journey. Suddenly, he is struck with a feeling of impending doom. What if all of this hard work doesn’t pay off? What if everything he’s created is destroyed? The Hierophant calms him by offering sage advice; give up your fears so they don’t control you or think of what you will still have if your fear manifests. The Fool peacefully accepts this advice and the fear is lifted.

With a clear view of his path ahead the Fool is stunned by the sight of a woman, the amorous one. This card is also known as the lovers card and represents the intangible draw of the Fool to this woman. His head is heavy and she’s love at first sight. He deviates from his developed plan so that he can be with her. He will try to have the best of both worlds, his soul is telling him to choose her and his mind is arguing to stay on track.

Summon The Chariot. The Fool, having chosen the woman over completing his journey, is now in a state of confusion. He feels like he’s fighting off enemies and is surrounded by bad circumstances. The Chariot arrives to help him unify the black and white of his mind. Continue the story in Tarot Explained through Storytelling.

The Chariot Card

The Chariot card is decorated with an armored warrior, black and white horses, lions and sphinxes, a canopy of stars, sun and moon symbols and sometimes a throne inside of a chariot. This card is easily one of the most difficult to define of all 78 cards. The Chariot represents fighting for what you want, it insinuates a struggle, and an internal or external battle being fought that eventually ends in a well-earned victory. The sun symbol on the driver of the Chariot is strikingly contrary to the sign assigned to this card: Cancer. Cancer is represented by the moon. It shows the day and night, black and white of the battle being waged.

The Chariot is also all about making moves to win the war, yet the card often shows the Chariot as being stationary. All of these depictions are conveying confusion and turmoil, yet, the Charioteer is still upon the horse, the horse still leading the Chariot and the Chariot is still in symbolic motion to seize victory. If one of these components is missing, the horse, the driver or the Chariot, forward movement is not possible.

If the querent receives this card, the reader should remind them to be vigilant with their goals, to protect themselves with armor of steel (metaphorically speaking) and to be self-reliant. The Chariot is independent when at war and so must the querent. The Chariot implies that all of the bad feelings and all of the good feelings should be united to overcome the obstacles at hand. Be confident in your convictions and you will have the power to influence those around you to do as you need. Don’t use this negatively, no kind of tyrant behavior will help you accomplish your tasks. Use unity for victory’s sake for winning isn’t the only way, or your everything, it’s only just the beginning.

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