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The Chariot — Spiritual Message of the Day

May 11, 2011

The Chariot -- Tarot of the MastersIn many versions of the Chariot card, including the RWS version, the charioteer seems an integral part of the chariot as if he’s melded with it, which reminds me of a line from a poem by William Butler Yeats called Among School Children:

How can we know the dancer from the dance?
(Ref: The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats)

Indeed, you cannot tell the dancer from the dance because the person and the movements are intertwined in the performance. How can there be a dance without the person? And how can the person be a dancer if not for the dance? And so this raises the question, “Is there a difference between what we do and who we are?”

Do we act bravely because we are courageous; do we perform charitable works because we are generous? Or is it the other way around? It’s both and it involves a positive feedback loop, so to speak. The more we act out of compassion, for example, the more we become a compassionate person, and as a result, the more we want to act compassionately.

But just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, it also is taken one step at a time. So today, take a step in the direction that you want your life to go. Take a step toward manifesting your essential, higher self. For example, if you want to be a more generous person, do something charitable. Don’t wait to take such action until you feel like you’re generous. The being is the doing.
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If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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