The Chariot Card #7 represents a period of youthful courage and an adventurous spirit guided by the unknown and protected by the cosmos.
Tarot cards offer a range of meanings to draw insight from. Both negative and positive aspects of each card can resonate with various aspects of your life.
Standing up in his chariot, the long-haired prince proceeds through the village, pulled by light and dark horses. He holds a staff and wears a skirt decorated with ancient hieroglyphs. On his head is a gold crown with an 8-pointed star: the sun. Teal fabric hung from the chariot frame is patterned with more stars. Teal wings decorate the chariot’s front. The prince is young but also stern looking; he is ready for adventure but is also new to it. On his shoulders are two moons facing upward; he is guided into the unknown by the majestic nighttime, but his journey is sanctioned by the sun.
Another prominent feature on this card are the big yellow wheels which rise over the horse’s heads. Looking behind the chariot, we see that these wheels have pulled it through all manners of terrain: a town, a forest, and a river. Where does the chariot’s strength come from? It is the balance between night and day, dark and light, compelling the prince forward.
Often, at a certain age, it is time for the prince to leave behind what is familiar, to leave his home town, or kingdom, and to have new encounters which will make him wise. The chariot is an external symbol of the majesty within the prince, protecting and encouraging him as he comes to define himself in relation to new experiences. Although he is heavily decorated with the iconography of the cosmos, he is not yet in full control of these forces: sun and moon, light and dark. Rather, the cosmos protects him; it is his womb.
In Greek mythology, there is a story where the Sun-god’s son gets ahold of the sun chariot and then loses control, endangering himself and setting earth ablaze. The Chariot may appear self-driving, but the prince must remain vigilant if he wants to survive his journey.
The Queen of Cups is a sensitive card that combines the positive water forces of the suit with the thoughtful and loving nature of the Queen. The cup that the queen holds is always closed, which means that the thoughts and feelings associated with this card emanate from within the subconscious.