Sunday, January 4, 2009

I love this image of Apollo in his chariot, blazing across the heavens. The steeds are each partly in shadow, partly in the light, and so suggest the light and dark that one finds in most Chariot cards. That duality if further reinforced by the clouds, which are also partly dark, yet with bright areas.
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What jumps out at me is the horses' vitality and wildness. They look like they could break free at any moment, yet their immense power is deftly harnessed by Apollo, with only one hand, no less. He is in full control of these beautiful creatures. Apollo was also the god of reason, so his archetype dovetails nicely with the themes of discipline, self-control, and focus that this card signifies.

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