Tarot Symbols & Meanings July 1

Tarot Symbols and Their Meanings

A richer way of connecting to your soul’s purpose and to the Divine within you is through symbolic language. Sometimes symbols materialize in a very timely way to underscore a bit of guidance that has already been nudging its way into your life. Symbols can be life-altering when they present with such clarity, you absolutely know what you must do or how you must do it. Other times we carry symbols with us for awhile, unaware how much they are deeply ingrained within our personalities and connected to our individual choices. Symbols are around us constantly. You may see hundreds of symbols daily without consciously acknowledging them.

“Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images.” —The Gospel of Saint Phillip

“Men are driven by two principal impulses, either by love or by fear.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Discourses

The Chariot

chariot“May the force be with you.”
─General Dodonna, Star Wars

The Charioteer is no lily-livered coachman. Historically, chariot races were similar to gladiatorial events—even the act of handling a two-horse run placed its driver at great risk, if he could not maintain control over them. Chariots driving at high speeds were fair game for sabotage during the races, always running the risk of being torn apart.

From these inevitable dangers and the necessary hard-earned valor to steer through them evolved a deep psychological need for appreciation, validation, and celebration. Therefore the chariot also became a symbol of celebrated victory in Rome, where heroes returned from war and rode through the city streets in an honorary procession among paparazzi. These parades and ceremonies became part of our time-honored culture, even today—another way of showing public appreciation and honoring our charioteers.

Symbolically therefore The Chariot came to mean incredible acts of will, control, and authority—the kind of discipline that ultimately needs no reins, but maintains all things with sheer force of mind. This level of control required eyes on the prize with no distraction—the ultimate focus.

The Chariot also came to symbolize a type of competitiveness that wins or achieves success. Most scholars agree that The Chariot probably has its roots in Plato’s Phaedrus, where he writes that the mind is a chariot drawn by two horses—one black, and one white. In his analogy, the ego (the black horse) in the earth plane remains ever present and functional in its own right, to be controlled and reined no more or no less than the white horse (higher consciousness).

In the Rider-Waite art, the horses were replaced by Sphinxes, beasts with several times more power, and no more reconciled to each other than the original horses. This is usually seen as the heads or bodies of creatures turning away from each other. The Charioteer was required to exercise hard control over these two forces of the psyche that, while not literally knocking heads, were well set on steering his carriage in opposite directions. This at the very least represents the dualities, complications, and contradictions of life.

Most tarot decks are quick to present a freeze frame of The Chariot. We do not really see the charioteer as if in motion, but stolid and stone-like, as if holding all things together by sheer force of consciousness. He wears the two lunar faces of the High Priest, Urin and Thummim, on his epaulets. In fact, many of the symbols he wears or carries seem to be a consolidation of all the previous cards. We might say that the charioteer, in order to be who he is, must contain all the characteristics of the previous symbols rolled into one.

It’s interesting to note that the charioteer does not ride into battle without an amulet. Above his shield is a winged orb. This winged disc was originally found on stelae, above temple gates in Egypt, dating from the Ptolemaic period. Its official name was Behdety, being associated with the god Behdety, which merged with the deity Horus to become Horus of Behdet. This was recorded in the ancient Book of the Dead after Horus defeated Set and was venerated as champion. The Behdety was also called the Great Flyer, symbolizing Divine protection of the king. Some say the winged orb represents the Divine, the true light in which humans form a brotherhood of government under the sun.

Winged sun discs also appeared in other ancient cultures: Sumerian, Assyrian and Hittite. While many other artifactual symbols exist in human culture, this particular symbol is one of the most ancient and frequently used in recorded human history.

Originally coined in Kung Fu and adopted by the US Marines, “Pain is fear leaving the body” is a motto that a charioteer might live by. The Chariot knows and creates achievement; but effort is expected, and a certain amount of struggle is required to triumph against the odds. It corresponds with the printed Hebrew letter Chet, the general meaning of the letter name being “fence.”

Perhaps the primary danger when setting out to achieve any lengthy, difficult endeavor is the inevitable building fence around one’s vulnerability, and in that sense cloaking one’s humanity. The potential victory of the Chariot does call for the checks and balances of accepting the potential of our human error. Through its discipline, pain, and perseverance, however, there is a promise of payoff. Forge ahead. Don’t give up.


“This, you see, is the hope that all mankind is to rest upon: this life force that stoops to serve the individual need, yet compresses itself further down to meet the very seedbed of all nature, and hence rises above all that matter would attempt to contain. It cannot be contained in any way, shape, or form, not within your body, nor mine, nor any of that which creeps and crawls the earth.”
─Simeon Peter


Uncommon Tarot Meanings:

♠ Travel may be indicated

♣ Nostalgia about your hometown or making a home away from home

♥ Unexpected news by word of mouth

♦ A strong personality

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Energetic Forecast July 22-31

This Week’s Energetic Forecast

 

Each week in twelve key areas of your life a combination of your individual choices, collective consciousness, and galactic influences converge into a series of living energies and events you experience as life. These physiological and psychological patterns are posted here for your guidance. Understanding the patterns and cycles that influence you daily will help you live life more satisfactorily and serenely.

July 22-31

 

Self
Who I Am

Self-harmony is more important to you than you initially thought.

 

Possessions
What I Own

Though your finances are fluctuating, economic uncertainty for a time does not mean for all time. You’re quick to adapt and you can recover, even from this.

 

Discovery
How I Learn

What you’ll need to remember and communicate will be on the tip of your tongue this week. It’s all there, just breathe and let it out.

 

Family
My Kinship Connections

No matter where your residence is or how often it changes, you will feel more “at home” with a life that is ordered and safer when you’re hard at work.

 

Creativity
How I Express Myself

Ideas that come through dreams, or symbols and numbers you notice around you during the day are all valid for your next creative endeavor. Follow your hunches as you make your selections this week.

 

Health
My Body, Mind, & Emotions

Difficulty coping emotionally this week grows out of difficulty focusing and concentrating. A small fountain or abacus on your desk can help tune you to the tasks ahead of you.

 

Partnership
Who I Share With

What starts with compassion and tolerance regarding your partner may wear thin toward the middle of the week. You need to regroup, get some air and alone time, and stop trying so hard to make things right.

 

Transformation
How I Change

Group projects and teamwork present the learning curve and the challenge of how to be a team player while preserving your distinctive tastes and preferences.

 

Spirituality
How I Connect

Travel, particularly travel overseas may come into the picture this week.

 

Career
My Livelihood

Circumstances converge at work, stimulating your recognition of a clear solution for promoting solidarity and safety in the environment around you now more than ever. You’re up to the challenge of fighting for the security you envision.

 

Vision
My Goals

While learning in general is fun for you, some of your friends may not share the same exacting dedication to it. They may want to skip the analysis.

 

Sacrifice
How I Surrender

If you find you’re obsessing over a matter this week, the key to releasing it is social interaction. What you gain from others in this context will help you feel more emotionally centered and right about yourself.

Energetic Forecast July 15-21

This Week’s Energetic Forecast

 

Each week in twelve key areas of your life a combination of your individual choices, collective consciousness, and galactic influences converge into a series of living energies and events you experience as life. These physiological and psychological patterns are posted here for your guidance. Understanding the patterns and cycles that influence you daily will help you live life more satisfactorily and serenely.

July 15-21

 

Self
Who I Am

You enjoy the spotlight this week. General public or social media opinion supports your stance.

 

Possessions
What I Own

You are valued for your ability to mediate next to impossible situations and bring everybody home.

 

Discovery
How I Learn

Others know and see your intense commitment to affairs at work. You don’t have to prove anything more.

 

Family
My Kinship Connections

Home issues continue to interfere with remembering your highest in work or career. You may need to initiate some changes in household responsibilities.

 

Creativity
How I Express Myself

Fun and games this week come with a self-imposed curfew. Though you enjoy the excitement, you have an early alarm tomorrow morning.

 

Health
My Body, Mind, & Emotions

The tough knocks this week are adding to your portfolio of understanding human suffering. Grief is shared more than you recognize.

 

Partnership
Who I Share With

Compassion for your partner is an integral expression of your love this week.

 

Transformation
How I Change

The time is right to turn the first fascination with metaphysics into more serious study.

 

Spirituality
How I Connect

Only travel for business if it serves a practical, in-the-black purpose. Otherwise it can wait.

 

Career
My Livelihood

Personal injury or slights this week may leave you working longer and harder, even overtime. It’s partly a retreat of your own, away from what ails you emotionally. At least through work you feel you can prove your value.

 

Vision
My Goals

You take great pride in your social network and your partner or potential partner. You’d like to believe that appearances don’t matter that much to you, but they do.

 

Sacrifice
How I Surrender

You have an urge for recognition, but you will later find out it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Returning to anonymity may be the only way to experience freedom.

Energetic Forecast July 8-14

This Week’s Energetic Forecast

 

Each week in twelve key areas of your life a combination of your individual choices, collective consciousness, and galactic influences converge into a series of living energies and events you experience as life. These physiological and psychological patterns are posted here for your guidance. Understanding the patterns and cycles that influence you daily will help you live life more satisfactorily and serenely.

July 8-14

 

Self
Who I Am

A situation comes up this week that may tempt you to strive for perfection in a hypercritical way. You must balance this need for having the maximum standard with tolerance.

 

Possessions
What I Own

Former experiences with emotional or financial impoverishment or difficulties may set a tone of disbelief on today’s roster. You may react with a spontaneous drive to reconfirm a strong set of personal values, then retreat or become indecisive if someone confronts your values.

 

Discovery
How I Learn

You have an instinctive desire to explore new ways of communicating and expressing yourself this week as well as showing this to others. You’ll need to find your voice, niche, or flair, mainly to keep yourself interested and active.

 

Family
My Kinship Connections

An unstable environment in the home may prolong or prevent your career goals and dreams, or your ability to make your mark on the world through your profession.

 

Creativity
How I Express Myself

You have the talent to promote or contribute to some creative business or venture capital this week. Don’t turn down the opportunity, even if the sun doesn’t appear to be shining at first. Your security in sealing the deal is in downsizing your emotions and uploading more factual data.

 

Health
My Body, Mind, & Emotions

You may experience difficulty coping with the daily grind this week. If you think you’re not physically up to it, better that you proactively schedule some downtime before your body demands it.

 

Partnership
Who I Share With

It’s a good week to look into a spiritual or artistic retreat with your partner. It might mean attending a couples’ seminar or painting the garage with beer and burgers, but this time-out can be rejuvinating for both of you.

 

Transformation
How I Change

What appears to threaten your autonomy when the cost goes too high is, it thwarts your initiative in doing something nice for yourself. Lowering the price could help, or raising the initiative to find what truly rewards you.

 

Spirituality
How I Connect

Curiosity is the driver and shaker in stepping beyond the self-same moral codes you’ve held for awhile now, to a deeper and broader understanding of several matters at hand this week.

 

Career
My Livelihood

You need the stimulation or action of moving forward in your career right now. You may have to wear a tough shell for a time to get there.

 

Vision
My Goals

Some of your friends feel more like family to you lately. They show they’re willing to stand up for you in ways you didn’t expect.

 

Sacrifice
How I Surrender

You thought you knew yourself, in the scheme of things, only to discover there’s more soul searching to be had. Life can be a learning curve.

Energetic Forecast July 1-7

This Week’s Energetic Forecast

 

Each week in twelve key areas of your life a combination of your individual choices, collective consciousness, and galactic influences converge into a series of living energies and events you experience as life. These physiological and psychological patterns are posted here for your guidance. Understanding the patterns and cycles that influence you daily will help you live life more satisfactorily and serenely.

July 1-7

 

Self
Who I Am

Time to make your move. Or at least, let others see you are willing to choose or take an active role in the decision-making process.

 

Possessions
What I Own

Your determination and resourcefulness when it comes to laying out financial planning will guide you well this week.

 

Discovery
How I Learn

You’ll feel better if you focus only on the words in your charge—whether spoken, in text, or recorded—what you say is within your control.

 

Family
My Kinship Connections

A tendency to manipulate in the name of moderating those you love may rear its ugly head this week. The less secure you feel, the more likely you’ll manipulate.

 

Creativity
How I Express Myself

Individual expressions of emotional insecurity concerning current risks in your life may show several faces this week. You may swing from super sensitive to cold and distant. It’s not something you can rush in and fix all at once.

 

Health
My Body, Mind, & Emotions

Accepting your physical limitations or working around them will come up more than once this week. Don’t allow emotional disquiet to color your beliefs about your abilities. A workaround is available in all instances.

 

Partnership
Who I Share With

You will learn more about your own individuality while in odd situations this week, particularly if your partner is present.

 

Transformation
How I Change

You’d rather take a more traditional approach when sharing resources, whether it’s money, power, or a bit of romance.

 

Spirituality
How I Connect

With great love comes great sacrifice. Those people or social causes which you feel so strongly about will gain your protection regardless of the nature of the battle. You know you must fight for them.

 

Career
My Livelihood

Base economic security in the work environment is not as satisfactory as knowing others under your stead, those on your watch, are safe and well.

 

Vision
My Goals

Stepping out of the norm with your social interactions could be enjoyable this week. Unusual hobbies or events may apply, or anything that throws a curve into the mix.

 

Sacrifice
How I Surrender

Getting sidetracked while taking inventory of how much you’ve given up or how much you haven’t accomplished won’t bring a happier, more wholesome picture into focus. If you shift your viewpoint instead to the possibilities always in store, you’ll begin exercising what is called mind over matter, the key to transforming your self-preoccupation into spiritual power.