7 The Chariot – Rider-Waite

7 The Chariot - Rider-Waite Major Arcana

Keywords for the Chariot

Succour, providence; also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble.

Keywords for the Chariot Reversed

Riot, quarrel, dispute, litigation, defeat.

Rider-Waite – The Chariot description


An erect and princely figure carrying a drawn sword and corresponding, broadly speaking, to the traditional description which I have given in the first part. On the shoulders of the victorious hero are supposed to be the Urim and Thummim. He has led captivity captive; he is conquest on all planes – in the mind, in science, in progress, in certain trials of initiation. He has thus replied to the sphinx, and it is on this account that I have accepted the variation of Éliphas Lévi; two sphinxes thus draw his chariot. He is above all things triumph in the mind.

It is to be understood for this reason (a) that the question of the sphinx is concerned with a Mystery of Nature and not of the world of Grace, to which the charioteer could offer no answer; (b) that the planes of his conquest are manifest or external and not within himself; (c) that the liberation which he effects may leave himself in the bondage of the logical understanding; (d) that the tests of initiation through which he has passed in triumph are to be understood physically or rationally; and (e) that if he came to the pillars of that Temple between which the High Priestess is seated, he could not open the scroll called Tora, nor if she questioned him could he answer. He is not hereditary royalty and he is not priesthood.

A.E. Waite

Etteilla – Dissension

War, Dispute, Disruption, Troubles, Riots, Unrest, Battle, Fight, Combat. Arrogance, Haughtiness, Vanity, False Glory, Pomp, Ostentation, Daring, Temerity. Violence, Disorder, Anger, Injury, Abuse, Presumptuousness, Vengeance.

Reversed meanings

Unrest, Racket, Quarrel, Disagreement, Contesting, Lawsuit, Harassment, Debates.

Paul Foster-Case

7. Le Chariot

This Key stands for the letter Cheth and the sign Cancer. In astrology, Cancer is connected with the fourth house, and so with home, and with the conclusion of a matter in a horary reading. The picture shows a victorious chieftain, resting. The sphinxes, however, in the divinatory aspect of this card, may be understood to indicate some secret relating to the Querent. In general the divinatory aspect of this card, may be
understood to indicate some secret relating to the Querent.

Meanings

Triumph, victory, the successful outcome of a matter. It is also a card of possessions, particularly of lands and houses, and the financial security resulting from such possessions.

Thierens

VII. Libra

In the Seventh house of the evolutionary cycle the relation of the Self with the Not-self or outer world is contracted and completed and the ‘organism’ arises as the systematic whole of organs, a lawful microcosm, which in every instance is a phenomenon of the Cosmic Law, first significance of Libra. This idea is very well illustrated by the picture of the Chariot, drawn by the White and the Black Sphinx and governed by the Magician incarnate. It is the Self embodied. This card consequently means marriage, contract, body and bodily existence, organisation, achievement, co-operation.

Ouspensky

V The Chariot

“Man.” The Imagination. Magic. Self-suggestion. Self deceit. Artificial means of attainment. Pseudo-occultism. Pseudo-theosophy.

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