February 1.2017-Card 2-The Chariot

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Where Do I Have Control?

Last month the draw was Key VIII-Strength and that set the tone for what was needed in this coming year. The second draw brings us to Key VII-The Chariot (and, yes, I promise that I did shuffle adequately). All in all this key following that of Strength is a call to learning how to navigate successfully as we stand anchored between polarized forces.

Tarot Key VII – The Chariot

Let me guide the task at hand
I hold within my center
All that is needed to
Produce what you most
Desire.

About this Key:

The Tarot Key VII- The Chariot – speaks to control and mastery that is hard won and only emerges when you step into your own power. Who and what you exert that mastery upon is guided purely by past experience and being anchored and centered in the space of balance acquired from the synthesis of opposition. The Chariot has come to a stopping point, the victory achieved and the charioteer stands comfortable in his own skin and needing no reins; holds instead, a wand of Higher Will. This Key is the story of your personal journey that has brought you to your current state of mastery of will and action.

Rider-Waite Symbols:

When looking at the picture on the card we see a draping of canopy patterned with six-pointed stars. A reference to the union of “as above, so below” and the fires of refined will that are born from the polarities of expansion and contraction, elevation and submersion.

This Key is abundant in symbology that sets the tone of celestial matters that have been brought into the arena manifest form (the charioteer, himself) and the vehicle-a four-sided cube-that offers the foundation of earth and the master of that realm-man/woman. The sphinxes sitting in front of the chariot are those pillars of polarization that are necessary to remain centered and synthesized so that mastery of Higher Will to action may flow from the tension between the two. They are mirror reflections of one another; each containing a portion of the other’s light or dark; distinct and separate; yet inherently one and the same.

The Hindu symbol on the face of the chariot; the red lingam and the yoni echo the nature of duality as the male and the female are united by the passion of will and action to recreate. The force of the male must have the form of the feminine to incubate a creation that is the higher expression of the other’s singularity.

On the shoulders of the Charioteer are two crescent moons. Looking at their placement and the diadem on his head holding the brilliant starlight the vision of the phases of the moon and the process of new beginnings (and reinvention) that bring the central visage of fullness to stand as master and holder of an equilibrium that must, in its cyclical nature, cull away and release in the waning darkness all that is non-productive towards Higher Will and the ultimate expression of self-control.

Practical Application:

Astrologically, Tarot Key VII-The Chariot has correspondence to the sign of Cancer. Cancer is of the Cardinal (initiating and catalytic) modality and is of the Water (emotion and soul) element. This sign is strongly tied to loyalty and commitment to those considered family and home. The ruling planet of Cancer is the Moon, Herself and in the realm of the Chariot, mastery of self so that the willful intention of our Higher SELF may come forth from the depths of our Soul’s Being is the goal.

We aligned with the strength within and now self-control must be maintained, lest we fall prey to distraction and squandering of our energies. This Key is a reminder of all the challenges that have befallen us on our journey towards self-expression. All of the challenges that have taken us off-course  and all of the challenges that have forced us to favor one polarity over the other imbalance and scattered energy.

The Chariot tells us that we are able to remain firmly anchored in the foundational vehicle that carries us forward trusting our innate and intuitive nature to relinquish the tight hold of reins that give the illusion of control. And, in their place we stand under the blessing of the universal laws of the celestial as above, so below; as within, so without the unity of my power in all of the worlds holds dominion.

Focus this month on where your Chariot has taken you and how you have come to master what would unseat you. Do you stand centered by the disparate parts of yourself that have found their balance in the polarized truth they have revealed? How will you use this mastery to refine the road ahead?

Dig Deeper:
To strengthen your resolve, try out the Knot of Time Spread using the Key VIII-Strength.

Next Post:
Key VII-The Chariot  in the Toth Deck

About themagickalpen

Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path. Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and theWestern Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers. Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition. As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work. Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience. Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 43-year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education. Robin's esoteric writings can be found on her blogs.
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