Doctor Who and the Major Arcana: The Chariot

“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”

In today’s journey through the major arcana as illustrated by quotes from Doctor Who, we’ve reached The Chariot, a card about agency, willpower, and self-determination.

I’m personally invested in this card as it is my birth year card – which probably explains my life-long control issues. 🙂 The Chariot is about action through harnessing the divergent forces in your life (intellect vs emotion, work vs play, ego vs others, etc) and mastering the energy so that it’s working for you instead of against you.

Sometimes, though, you need to do a little fake-it-’til-you-make-it to get yourself moving in the right direction, and that’s why I chose this quote from Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor: “Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” You don’t need to be an expert, you don’t need to be 100% sure it’s the right path or the right plan, sometimes you just need to gather the reins and your wits and move.

Taking another pop culture spin on this card, have you read or seen Good Omens? There’s a scene where Crowley the demon is holding together his vintage Bentley through sheer force of will. The tires have melted on the rims, the doors have been blown apart, and it’s on fire, but it’s still together by the sheer force of Crowley’s will. There’s a lot of the Chariot in that, too – the idea of mastering both your internal impulses and the external forces around you by strength of will and self-control.

When the Chariot comes up, it’s time for action. Grab those reins and get yourself in motion, and trust that the plan will fall into place when you need it.

Next up on #22DoctorWhoTarotQuotes is card number 8 of the major arcana, Strength.

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