The Archetypal Tarot Podcast

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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