The Chariot: Hero, Warrior, and the Crossing of the First Threshold

March 23, 2012

The Eighth edition of the Archetypal Tarot Podcast explores the movement and meaning encompassed by the Chariot, card number 7 of the Major Arcana.

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For the first time, we see our hero of the deck breaking beyond the boundary of the Emperor's domain.  In the last stage, the Lovers, he was faced with a choice and is now thrust down a particular path, reminiscent of the "crossing of the first threshold" of Joseph Campbell's stages of the hero's journey.  Will all the wisdom of the figureheads from the previous stages help our hero in the real world?  Julienne Givot connects in the ancient story of Arjuna as he faces the fears of battle under the guidance of Krishna.  Cyndera Quackenbush illustrates the shadowy consequences of the heroic impulse by recounting the myth of Phaeton.  The Chariot card allows us to find our own courage in the face of bold undertakings while keeping an eye on the dangers of hubris. To read more about these archetypes in film plus recommended reading visit Julienne's blog post.

Listen in on a conversation with Tarot Dream Stone consultant Cyndera Quakenbush and Archetypal Consultant, Julienne Givot, as they discuss the symbolic and real world qualities of these archetypal characters.

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  • MJ

    I love the podcast! This came to mind while listening to your discussion about the warrior and the chariot: The Buddha as Siddhartha setting out on his journey perfectly fits your description of leaving his father’s house to go on a journey - in fact in a chariot (although he was not driving it). Exploring the Boddhisattva warrior is also powerful. I especially love Pema Chodron’s explanations of how the Boddhisattva warrior is not a traditional external warrior, but one who has fought internal battles to become a master over him- or herself - especially to overcome illusions of the mind and emotional reaction. The Boddhisattva warrior is also one who maintains an open heart and does not shut down and close his/her heart in spite of painful experiences. There’s MUCH more where that could go, but that’s what came to mind.

    Shout out to Julienne! :) It’s great what y’all are doing.


    Apr 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm