Back to my Llewellyn Welsh Tarot. My cards have been a bit funky, lots of reversed cards, so I’m hoping the soothing and dreamy images on this deck will change the energies a bit. The cards I threw are The Chariot and The Hierophant reversed.
The Chariot, which corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and sensitive, emotional and imaginative energy that likes to stay the same or follow the same course), Cancer (“I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody), Cheth (the fence), and the Path between Geburah (the place where forms and structure are challenged or affirmed) and Binah (female receptive energy and the origin of form and structure), tells of having the control necessary to focus on goals, and to avoid distractions. My Chariot brings a sense of motion to the day, and motion (and the control of that motion) is his forte. Comparing him to say, The Emperor, would be a learning experience here. I am also being warned; while I have control over the vehicle and the motor, I am to some extent insulated. If I look away for a moment, everything might tumble, and focusing on the goal, way off in the distance, could end up creating problems.
The Chariot for this deck really typifies the energies of this card. A regal warrior with golden hair and a golden breastplate rides in a chariot pulled by horses made out of an ocean wave. I am very well acquainted with ocean waves, both the gentle lappings against the toes and the wall of water that crashes down on you and tosses you back on the shore. Waves can’t be stopped; they will overcome anything in their way with a steady pressure.
The Hierophant corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes), Taurus (“I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn), Vau (the nail which holds tradition in place), and the Path between Chesed (the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured), and Chokmah (dynamic male energy, the origin of vital force and polarity). This card is an archetype of Spirit (with The Emperor as archetype of the Sacred Masculine, The Empress as archetype of the Sacred Feminine, and all three representing the supernal triad) that reminds us of the value of tradition, ritual and ceremony, and conforming to the rules and traditions with the aim of presenting the highest good of the group. There is duty to be found in this card, as well as morality, and a suggestion that tradition should not be accepted blindly, for there is a level of attainment to be had from within a spiritual practice. I love the meaning of the Hebrew letter Vau in connection with this card. The practice of spiritual traditions itself is indeed one of the nails that hold that tradition in place, and it is this holding in place that is not important today. Yeah, kind of validates my Chariot.
The Llewellyn Welsh Hierophant is Taleisin, the powerful bard of myth, and the card represents authority and orthodox behavior. The Llewellyn Welsh Hierophant is an advocate of tradition and instruction, initiation and spiritual systems or culture. Reversed, he is warning me of fanaticism and of the danger of conforming for the wrong reasons.
Both of these cards can be seen to represent competent leadership of a sort, The Chariot offering courage and speed and The Hierophant offering tradition, ritual and ceremony. Because my Hierophant is reversed, the energies of the day will be flowing just like those waves, rather than being held in place. Sounds like I am being told by these two Majors that I have the skill to manifest through either of these two cards, but circumstances are suggesting The Chariot rather than The Hierophant. Flowing Water rather than stable and solid Earth.