Wild Unknown Tarot today; my cards are The Chariot and the Four of Swords 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 causing me to trip over something right at my feet.
The Chariot of the Wild Unknown Tarot shows a beautiful, proud horse with a long mane and an arch in his neck, with a crescent blaze on his forehead and a pentacle collar around his neck, and a blazing sun in the background, lighting and maybe even empowering his journey forward. This card has power in its image, power that is going somewhere because it is consciously directed, disciplined and focused. Progress has been made due to this active direction, discipline and focus, and if they can be maintained, even more progress will be made! The stallion believes in himself and in his ability to lead others to a particular place; he is a good leader because he can control his own feelings to his advantage, and to those who are being drawn forward with him. His leadership is maintained by his courage, his strength, and the skills learned through a lifetime.
The Four of Swords (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) can represent a pause or truce or mutual deterrent, or a time of silence and isolation used to prepare for challenges to come. While the person in the image on the traditional card appears dead, he is actually in a meditative state, OOB in order to prepare. Often it is necessary to take a moment to absorb what has happened thus far, and this card offers that pause. The truce represented by the Four of Swords does not happen due to weakness, but rather through conscious choice and through a balance of power. After all, the truce is “supported” by Swords, the suit of the intellect. When reversed, the Four of Swords tells us that now is not the time to pause; rather, we should make our move and follow our heart and our instincts.
The Wild Unknown Four of Swords shows a lamb, all curled up and serene, beneath four Swords hanging point-down above him, with a brightly-glowing third eye chakra. This tender, untried youth is resting below four Swords hanging precariously above him, and yet he does not appear frightened. He is alert, so he knows those Swords are there even though he does not even spare them a glance, but he is not even prepared to run should they come loose. Perhaps his stillness is part of his protection. It is as if he is keeping those Swords up there with his serenity, his stillness, his awareness of what is going on around him, and his belief, his mental force . . . his Will! This card is reversed, however, and neither stillness nor the Will are viable tools today.
Today is about movement, about getting somewhere. A combination of strength, skill and the courage to make use of them will carry the day, and if I can control the vehicle, I can get to where I need to be. I can’t think about things too much, and I should see myself as a leader with authority, rather than a partner who depends on others to get things done. All I need to do is look at that Chariot card and that proud, strong horse, and I will know exactly how to handle things!a