The Chariot is the Archetype of Self-Mastery and Personal Triumph through focus and determination. Calling on this archetype helps us stay in alignment with our goals by giving us a strong mental image of what success looks like for each of us individually. In Chariot moments, we must face our challenges and at the same time, stay focused on the desired outcome. We are dualistically aware of that which we don’t want and must find a way to hold an equal or stronger paradoxical vision of what we DO want. This is also the archetype of the protector, a person who stands up for those who cannot fight for themselves. This extends to social, economic, and environmental activism as well. Being that the Chariot is driven to create external change, he is appropriately pictured in most decks wearing armor. This reflects the energetic, physical, and emotional boundaries and protection that is required when we are being warriors, entrepreneurs, activists, and catalysts for change.— Kayleigh Jean of Falcons and Pentacles
Day 8: What helps me reach my highest potential?
Four of Swords – Truce: This is letting go of what no longer serves me. The figure is resting in balance on the handles of the swords, they are done fighting. The swords are a line drawn in the sand – it is time to walk away from whatever crosses the line. The fight is over.
Knight of Pentacles: It is time to look at what it is I have at hand, where I have value, what I have to offer – and to make decisions on how to best move forward.
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This resonates very strongly with me today. I gave notice at my job last Monday after years of being frustrated for not being promoted or compensated fairly. I have a great relationship with my boss and co-workers, and the relationships were worth it for me to stay – that is – until a little over a month ago, one of my colleagues decided to push my boundaries and make my already difficult job more difficult.
I thought she was a friend, her actions crushed me. I felt as though I was kicked in the chest. I was second-guessing my actions and full of anger and self-doubt. For the first time in five years I brought my work home with me. I didn’t have the energy to do the things I love – make art, make music, write, practice yoga, ride my bike, tarot – it was even difficult for me to enjoy my friends and loved ones. I lost sleep and had to take time off.
Now, I choose to be grateful for the situation. This person’s actions were a catalyst. She showed me what I don’t want in my life. I was about to reach the tipping point with not being valued for my work anyway – and she pushed me over the edge. Now I am free to create my own schedule and to do the things that make my heart sing! I will be teaching again, and will be releasing workshops in the coming months. I have more time for my art and writing and yoga and music. I’m really excited about what is to come!
Once I made the decision to resign (Chariot), my entire being felt lighter and better than it has in quite a long while.
Today, I planned to review what I want to do, what I have to offer, and how I will make money (Knight of Pentacles) for the next chapter of my life. Instead, I found myself exhausted and achy. I surrendered to rest and took a really long nap. (Four of Swords, Truce). As I write this, my energy is coming back.
I no longer need to make a deal with my spirit for how I will physically survive in the world – I am letting my spirit guide me.