VII THE CHARIOT – Toth

Key Words: Cancer; new beginning, change for the good; introspection, meditation, spiritual path.


The driver sits in meditation posture in a chariot which has not yet begun to move. He is clothed in golden armor and is meditating on the Holy Grail which is rotating in his hands. The Grail symbolizes the Wheel of Fortune. The driver is examining all possible consequences before daring to set the chariot in motion on a new beginning, for once the driver has chosen to start, there is no turning back. Nothing will
be able to arrest the journey.

This card refers generally to imminent new beginnings. It can point to a journey, or the start of some new phase (relationship, living
situation, job) of life. Nothing should be decided precipitously. Everything requires exact examination and preparation. But once all the ground-work is done, the new start should not be put off unnecessarily.

Everything points toward favorable developments.
The driver’s armor is golden and set with ten crystals. It is a symbol
of Cancer’s protective shell, providing shelter and protection for the
inner transformation (the color gold) and the development of clarity
(crystals). In times of breakthrough or new beginnings you need the
protection and support of a loving atmosphere which provides a sense
of safety and security. The oncoming change brings with it much
excitement and unrest. This is a time to avoid chaotic, disorganized,
or loveless relationships.

The new start leaves behind the boring routine of daily life. Inspiration
and ideas abound, and expand your areas of activity. This is symbolized
by the concentric blue circles in the background. You are now in a
position to engage successfully in many different activities. This variety
of activity will enrich and stimulate you. Despite the bustle, your highest
goal will not be forgotten. The road upon which the chariot stands is
paved with golden stones. This is the regal path travelled by every
spiritual seeker in search of self-knowledge and inner transformation.
The four sphinxes (bull, lion, person, eagle) are the energies which
will set the chariot in motion. They have exchanged heads and bodies,
and assist each other. Once the right direction is chosen, their energies
will combine and be set in motion to assure successful progress. Your
trust in your own powers and perceptions will grow.

Indication: The oncoming change promises to lead to a positive phase
of your life. Ready yourself put your affairs in order, examine the possibilities. You will leave much behind.

Questions: What area of your life will be changing? Are you ready to
ring out the old and ring in the new?

Suggestion: Seek or create for yourself a loving, secure environment.
There you can plan the change or journey. Your body also needs attention
and activity now.

Affirmation: I am putting my life in order and preparing for the new
beginning.

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