Today’s card! The Charioteer. Engrossing. The Charioteer traditionally pointed to rescue, abundance, but also war, blessing, vengeance and illusion. A very varied card, the Charioteer is a very good sign in the Druidcraft tarot set. It alludes to opposing principles that are being held together by creative means; they are polarities that are being bound together by means of non dualitistic action and thought.
Here we see a charioteer with a confident pose of victory. She is in control of her horses and holds the reins with her hand at her second chakra; in this way she shows that she is control of her animalistic power, her instincts and sexuality.
The factor time is illustrated as a wheel, the Wheel of the Year, in the colors brown, green, blue and red, which point to the four elements. Her checkered tunic and the black and white horse are a reference to her ability to control two opposing forces, that in actuality are connected polarities.
It is a long journey to develop the persona, the everyday self. It is only when a center is found in our consciousness that we can begin to develop a naturally organizing principle within ourselves that manifests as willpower. By applying this willpower to make choices we can make progress in our lives that lead to achievement and success.
One of the ways to overcome obstacles is by engaging in conflicts. The immature person that hasn’t found the inner wisdom in him or herself will try to trample others with their willpower, which only leads to more hindrances on one’s path. Wisdom and maturity are necessary to know when one must engage in a conflict or when it is wiser to take a step back. Our path in life is a constant dance of attacking and surrendering, of rushing forward and standing still: to open ourselves up to the silence within and to the beauty of life.
This card may point to success, and to how this success is to be achieved. It may mean you will be famous in a certain field. Or it may allude to a mature sense of sexuality which will help you be initiated into the mysteries of the Grail.
The Charioteer points us to the fact that control is necessary to overcome obstacles and to cultivate a strong sense of self. Seeing however that the truth is always paradoxical, it is very important to watch for the dangers of linearity and the dangers of having a militant attitude while actually surrender would be more beneficial.
The black and white horse tell us that the world is not governed by opposing forces, but by complementary ones. These are extremes on one scale, not contradictions. To compete, to fight, and to surrender, to take a step back become two aspects of one process. This discovery, experienced in soul and body by ‘the Lovers’, is actively applied to the material world.
The true message, as stated in the Druidcraft tarot book, is: “Maturity and wisdom come forth from courageously facing difficulties and challenges in life. The key to success is knowing when to fight and when to surrender.”