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What an elegantly simple card for something as true then as now: Control. The word 'balance' is so hideously cliched in tarot circles that I'm almost afraid to use it but with this card it has a place. Controlling and allowing yourself to be controlled are central to our interface with the world whether it is an issue between us and a partner, or with the government, a colleague, the boss... anything. We need to establish and take control of our lives but not to the extent that we attempt to control every situation we go into or might go into...
Again the idea of duality is very strongly represented in this card making it one of the tarot's great 'conjunction' cards, linking themes and ideas together.
A reader once interpreted this for me as a
warning against reckless driving. I
laughed at this, being then some 20 years with never a point, and promptly
copped a speeding ticket on the way home.
The power of suggestion. What this
card does represent – and it’s the most consistent, graphically, across the
various ‘classic’ and original Tarots – is control. This can be very desirable and necessary, as
in the control we must exert over our emotions.
The civilizing mind ruling the savage instincts of our baser
natures. Here the image of the chariot
is instructive. It is difficult to drive, requiring the balanced control of two
or more horses and the balance to stand firm in the light vehicle itself. Bends and bumps can threaten disaster – so
look at the context of the card. In
battle, the chariot is not used head on but as a fast, light attack, wearing
down an opponent gradually. Aspects of
control can be looked at in relationship terms where the chariot can represent
heroically maintaining control, the danger of losing control or, sometimes, an
attempt at controlling – often through constant, small ways that can erode an
otherwise firm basis.
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