Tarot Cards – What the Chariot and the Hanged Man Symbolize

The Chariot

The Chariot is the No.7 card of the Major Arcana in the tarot. Numerologically No.7 is magical number which indicates changes, turning points, surprises & destiny. The Chariot means a conveyance symbolizing advancement, movement or moving forward. The Chariot card is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer.

As we see in tarot every card carries symbolic meanings. Here, The Chariot too has symbolic meaning. The Chariot itself stands for the human personality which is a vehicle for expression of self. The symbol on the front of The Chariot shows the wings of inspiration, above the Hindu sign of union of positive and negative forces. The Chariot is pulled by the two sphinxes. One is black and the other is white. The man has no reins, then how can he drive the chariot? Because it is symbolic that he uses his willpower and self control. Black and white sphinxes symbolises charioteer’s control over masculine and feminine forces. The Chariot shows that you are master of your own fortunes and can steer your life in the right direction.

We can see stars imprinted on the canopy of The Chariot signify the occupant’s mastery over all the things under heaven and affect his victory. The celestial, influences stars and two moons over the shoulders hang over him who symbolises wisdom and hidden knowledge. Two moons also indicate the waxing and waning moon.

The sceptre, the wand, he carries with a grain of wheat on top signifies the seed of manifestation, and now its marshal’s baton. He wears a crown with sparkling star on it, the star of hope and promise. The belt around the waist of the emperor with zodiacal signs is the symbol of the creation of mankind has eternal value changes the face of earth and mankind.

The focus of this card is on identifying, finding solutions, and after having learnt a lesson from them avoiding the same in future. You have to control over your fears and move on simultaneously, pulling in all your efforts to make your dreams come true.

The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man is No.12 card of Major Arcana in tarot. Numerologically 1+2=3 means expression, productivity, and output. As the picture shows a man is hanging on the tree upside down his feet are tied up there, feeling helpless and suspended. Hands also tied behind his back and form a triangle with his head.

The hallo around his neck is the symbol and hints that he has achieved some form of enlightenment or this may be the wisdom to live in the present time and re-evaluation of the current time, surrendering you to the need of the hour. Because past is gone and future is unseen and yet not arrived. The Hanged man’s ordeal is not painful because it is accomplished in a conscious way as his eyes are opened signifies he is aware of everything what is happening around him.

The money falling from The Hanged man’s pocket symbolises that what was valid in the past is no longer of any value now.

The shape of the tree — Tao cross symbolises that it is a sign of surrender, the sacrificial table and alter. The mushrooms signify to the plutonic nature of turnaround, which takes place in The Hanged Man’s inner self. The falling leaves from the tree refer to the autumn season in which life sacrifices itself.

While in this illuminated process The Hanged Man enters into transferring his soul from life on earth to the other side, in other world can be in self reflection. And this sacrifice has spiritual reflection too.The Hanged Man’s actions, however, is of more spiritual and guide to the highest sacrifice. The main aspect of The Hanged Man is to sacrifice from one dimension to the other.

Source by Ranie B

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