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The reversed chariot: Procrastination

The chariot, in its reversed position denotes procrastination
Rider Waite

The chariot, in its upright position brings to mind one’s personal power. Here is somebody accomplishing things by the force of their own ambition. This is a go-getter. This is somebody who knows what effort needs to be put into something, and they are not going to slow down on getting done what needs to be gotten done. This is not somebody who is simply content to follow another’s lead. No, this is somebody pulling the bandwagon, not jumping on it.

In its reversed position, however, the chariot denotes something else entirely. Instead of being a go-getter, instead of accomplishing a goal by the force of their own determination and power, this is somebody who makes excuses. A true charioteer will not get bogged down by problems. When something seems impossible, they do not simply give up and say “It can’t be done.” No. A true charioteer will face something that seems impossible, and say “This is doable. It’s going to be a challenge, but that’s okay.”

A true charioteer will not wait until tomorrow or the next day to accomplish the task at hand. They will recognize the power of the passion they feel for something and strike while the iron is hot. When inspiration hits, it is best to act on it while it is hot. To let it cool down by procrastination may only allow its power to diminish. Act on inspiration as it hits you. Don’t wait. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t let it cool down.

The chariot in its reversed position advises you to get out of your rut. What is in your mind that is keeping you from acting on your inspirations, your desires, and your impulses? Whatever it is you are trying to achieve, do something towards it. Even if it is just some small task, do that thing. Every small task towards the achievement of a goal, as long as they are consistently applied, will add up to success. When the chariot comes up for you in the reverse position, ask yourself, “What excuses am I making?” Then, stop making them. Simple as that.

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