So this week I was taken down a very different path than the one I’d expected. I’m holding back a few of the posts I’ve created as I do more research to make them more thorough. In the meantime, I have spent a lot of time on Tarot this week and have a new tool for my toolkit I’d love to share with you. I expect some of you may already do this, and I would love to hear about it if you do!
I was shuffling cards this week for a pull on a specific topic and some cards stood out to me that I hadn’t had the opportunity to work with much yet since they had either never or very rarely ever come up in my readings. Today, I decided to intentionally choose one of those cards to see what it can manifest in my life.
I chose The Chariot from my Shadowscapes deck. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t love a card with unicorns?
Well I guess I am the unicorn. This card spoke to me deeply. According to the deck LWB (little white book), The Chariot meaning is: “Triumph over obstacles, achieving victory, focusing intent and will, establishing an identity, self-confidence, maintaining discipline (me right now as I hope to finish this blog by midnight!), assuming the reins of power and authority and driving with the unwavering certainty in a cause.”
It goes on to say: “Control must be exercised in a constantly changing environment that can and will present challenges–in the landscape of a world that is constantly shifting with people and emotions and circumstances all around. Like the tenuous border where sea meet sky, a constant tension of push and pull of air against liquid is maintained, and to ride to victory, one must be able to achieve the confidence and knowledge to walk upon that fragile surface.”
Well, fuck. I suppose it’s a bit of the Barnum Effect, but we could all use more manifesting of our best selves through tarot. So let’s do this.
To manifest The Chariot, I chose to use visualization. I have a few personal situations currently going on that definitely could use the skills and knowledge to “walk upon that fragile surface”. For me, a recent theme I’ve been led to lean into is maintaining my macro perspective in all situations. I believe The Chariot could be very helpful, helping me to keep in mind the end game, the bigger picture, reducing my ego, and walking in step with the Universe, trying to see from her perspective. What skills and knowledge would help me develop The Chariot in myself? Probably some reading up on Buddhist philosophy having to do with shifting perspective or researching meditation for maintaining perspective. One thing that challenges me lately is that the more I am in a peaceful and balanced state, the more it seems to make others uncomfortable, to the point of confronting me. I need to continue working on not allowing that to bother me, which is ego driven. I need to remember my being at peace is healthy, and it is only a reflection of something outside of me if my peace upsets another. The Chariot can be called upon in the future to remind me of this.
In the sense that I am using visualization of The Chariot to bring an important life concept to priority in my life, I believe this is more powerful than the superficial Barnum Effect. Changing one’s neurobiology and mapping via not only intention, but real work, is probably the most powerful tool we have access to as intelligent creatures.
This is a simple tool so I won’t insult your intelligence by going on and on about it, but the work I did with The Chariot took hours and resulted in a lot of journaling and to do list making for even more work. And of course, life interrupted as much as I worked. But I really love the possibilities with working this way with the cards. I’m curious if you have ever manifested through this kind of tarot work, choosing a specific card to focus in on. It reminds me of Bible study a bit, but so much better!
Bold Blessings Wild Ones,
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