The global Tarot reading for July 11 is The Chariot. This is the seventh card in the Major Arcana. Seven is the number of spiritual inquiry–the seven calls for us to look under the surface to understand (formulate) what is underneath.
All the sevens in the Tarot are about hidden things, like emotions, thoughts, desires, and secrets, but as the Major Arcana cards are cards of “higher” mastery, The Chariot is the master path that transcends the four-fold path of the lower cards. The lower cards in the suits — Wands, Pentacles, Swords, Cups — are about daily concerns in the pursuit of the path indicated by the suit.
Interestingly enough the 7-11 date of this card reading is a number that appears quite often to me. On the morning of the 11th, I was dreaming about the number seven and the Chariot. I dreamt of the three and the four that make up the seven. The four represents the number of the Earth, while the three represents the 3rd dimension.
Three is an unstable number–the number of creative expression, which, come to think of it, is a great number for the material dimension. The four adds another number to the three, as a realization of the psychic/psychological/etheric layer that overlays everything that is visible.
If you notice, this card shows a vehicle that is not moving–the charioteer has no reins to control the sphinxes in front of the chariot. The Chariot is the movement underneath what is visible. After the Hanging Man of last week, we still might feel suspended, as our new point of view has been changed, but we don’t know yet what that might mean for our everyday life and life path alike.
The Charioter is confident, and holds a wand of inspiration in his right (dominant) hand. He knows that things are moving below the surface, he knows that inspiration has to be held (allowed to incubate in the right-brain) but cannot be controlled with the mind. Any creative person knows this: that the spirit of inspiration is something that seems to be on its own time schedule.
The shaman knows how to beckon spirit–this is the artist who knows how to access the greater knowledge and inspiration in the right-brain by allowing time to incubate the new creation. The artist beckons inspiration by not forcing ideas, by not getting weirded out when nothing seems to be happening.
For me, this means that I have to be comfortable in the Void without my normal creative outlets. Can you stand it? Will you allow something completely new to emerge from underneath your laptop or sketchbook?