7. the chariot

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key words / concepts / symbols

+ focus, focused action
+ self belief and confidence
+ commitment, drive, determination
+ getting super-clear about your goals
+ "The Chariot represents the forward-moving energy that can arise from your sacred focus, if you actively choose it. Knowing precisely where you want to go, and throwing your weight behind that goal. We often see black and white animals pulling the chariot on this card, representing opposing forces, working together for a common goal. Your butterfly mind may want to travel in different directions, you may have a lot of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’, but what’s important is that you get all of these opposing energies within yourself travelling in the same direction. Rein in that butterfly mind and get it under your control.
+ fighting for what you believe in." - The Little Red Tarot
+ activism
+ overcoming obstacles
+ hard, passionate work
+ courage
+ armor
+ "It’s about achievement, especially in that outward, socially appreciated kind of way, but it’s especially about the process, the hard work that this will take.  The Chariot might symbolise a celebrated artist, but it is also about the story behind how they reached that point, the rejections, the failures, and the decision not to quit and instead push onwards, trying again. It was focus that pulled them through, and that is the essence of the Chariot." - The Little Red Tarot
+ black and white creatures pulling the chariot (focusing of opposing forces)
+ "So much intent. It is a magical and sacred thing to take aim in this way. It’s a true commitment and it requires tenacity and self-belief." - The Little Red Tarot
+ riding without reins (moving forward by the sheer force of will)
+ crescent moons
+ "This is a no-bullshit card that gives it to you straight: Here’s what it’s gonna take to achieve your goal. It’s going to be hard, and it’s going to take focus. Are you in?" - The Little Red Tarot
+ "Take a moment to check in with where you're headed. See that you're moving with intention, that your destination is chosen."

thoughts

Ok here's me, checking in:

GOALS
+ Work as GM of Bongo Java for the next year, save money and hustle so that I can move out of Nashville
+ Launch Kickstarter campaign for Hollow Valley in August
+ Produce Hollow Valley and get it into stores by the time the Holidays roll around
+ Start printmaking again, in any way I can
+ Be able to move on with art when I leave Nashville, ideally not having to get another full-time day job
+ Get a dog
+ Marry my best friend
+ Have studio space, a way to screen print, a way to support myself with drawing and making
+ Keep knitting, all the time
+ Work towards my goal weight, towards eating healthier and being better to my body in general
+ Make time for the things that matter
+ Work really fucking hard so that I can move forward and buy a fucking house some day
+ Balance the opposing forces of my day job and my passion, in such a way that I care about both and make time for both, without running myself completely dry (Ha, as if!)