|Classic Rider Image|
The classic Rider image shows a man dressed in armor riding in a chariot of sorts. In front of him are two sphinx, one black and one white. The man stands tall and in his right hand is a scepter or wand.
In most decks the animals are horses, but there maybe dog like animals and sometimes a strange two headed creature with four fore legs and no hind legs, facing in opposite directions like a pushme-pullyou.
The horses pull at the reins and each horse appears to be headed in a different direction.
Here is the idea of control.
The man must control two opposing forces. He uses not only his physical strength but his strong will too.
From a simple aspect this card along with others can indicate literal travel.The seeker may be physically traveling or the seeker may be moving on in their life or moving towards something new.
When the Chariot card shows up in a reading it's likely the seeker has a goal that may not seem easy to achieve but yet the cards appearance assures that it is within their control despite the odds.
In thinking about the Chariot in your own life, can you remember any time when you felt the need to combine seemly opposite forces?
What were the forces?
When have you experienced success through shear determination and will?
Remove the Chariot card from your deck and lay it down face up. Shuffle the deck and pick another card to clarify the Chariot's meaning to you.
Use any reference material to interpret this, or you can give it a try using your intuition.
Ideally, try using your intuition first, and then look up meanings in a book, online etc. and note any similarities.
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