The High Priestess and The Chariot compared
Both the High Priestess and the Chariot cards belong to the Major Arcana. Since Major Arcana cards tend to indicate long-term or overarching issues — this coupling is typically quite an important one. When two Major Arcana cards appear together, it's a good indication that there's an important dynamic between two major forces or major life-issues being referenced.
The meanings of the The High Priestess and The Chariot cards
The High Priestess means
The simplest way to think about the High Priestess is that it references: Intuition, higher power, mystery and feminine divinity
Summary meaning of the High Priestess:
A time to search one's inner self. A time of reflection. Intuition can at times, be more powerful than logic. Answers lies deep within, and require much thought and soul searching.
(For a more detailed description of the High Priestess visit the High Priestess card interpretation page.)
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The Chariot means
The simplest way to think about the Chariot is that it references: Control, willpower, victory, assertion and determination
Summary meaning of the Chariot:
Willpower can accomplish anything. Speed and mental focus accomplish the impossible. Inner transformations as a result of success. Also: A warning to control ego.
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Shared Symbols on
The High Priestess and The Chariot
Aside from the overall meanings of each card, The High Priestess and The Chariot have three symbols in common which appear on both cards.
Both The High Priestess and The Chariot cards feature water:
In Tarot, water appears in multiple forms — ranging from rain, to small pools, to meandering rivers and streams, to expansive oceans and seas. While each of these representations of water may carry a more specified meaning, water in the simplest terms represents nourishment, emotion and our intuitive nature.
Interestingly, water is more commonly found in the Minor Arcana, and is more often (but not exclusively) found in the Suit of Cups.
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Both The High Priestess and The Chariot cards also feature moons:
In addition to The Moon Tarot card where one would expect to find Moon symbolism, the image of the Moon appears on a few other cards throughout the Tarot deck.
The Moon is a symbol of intuition, psychic energy and emotional depth. The Moon is also representative of cycles of all kinds, and asks us to consider the cyclical nature of our Universe.
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NOTE: The low-slung position of the crescent Moon on this card, near the High Priestess' feet, points to a mastery of the Moon's energies and self-control of dreams and emotions.
Both The High Priestess and The Chariot cards also feature alchemy Symbols:
Alchemical symbols in a Tarot reading represent an association with a particular element — or the concepts of change and transmutation from one physical, emotional or spiritual state to a new one.
It's worth considering that in the Rider Waite Tarot, all three of the cards with subtle alchemical symbols also symbolically and visually reference the concept of two opposite, or different states of being.
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Yes or No meanings of the High Priestess and the Chariot together
Both the High Priestess and the Chariot have a Yes or No meaning of "No". This means the pairing of these two cards is strongly negative if they apply to a Yes or No question .
NOTE: While there is a general consensus on Yes or No tarot meanings, the truth is there is no universally accepted Yes or No meaning of every tarot card. iFate uses the most generally accepted Yes or No meanings, but different systems exist which may conflict with this one.
Astrological comparison of The High Priestess and The Chariot tarot cards
According to the Golden Dawn system of connecting tarot cards with astrological correspondences, the High Priestess is associated with the ruling planet the Moon.
The Chariot on the other hand, is associated with the zodiac sign Cancer, and not directly associated with a ruling planet like the High Priestess.
However, while not a direct association, both of these cards share a connection to the primary element Water via their generally accepted elemental associations..
The primary element of Water represents emotions, intuition, dreams and empathy. It may also represent the cycle of death and rebirth.
The time of year associated with the element of Water is the fall. In astrology, Water is the element which governs the "Water signs" Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Water signs are known for their emotional intelligence, empathic nature and perception.
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