July 20, 2010

The Chariot from Bhagvad Gita

I have been reading some extracts from the Bhagvad Gita lately. The Bhagvad Gita is essentially a discourse given by Lord Krishna to his friend and disciple Arjun who is about to go to war with his cousins and he extremely upset about it.

This picture reminded me of the Chariot card in the Tarot. More so, the description of the above picture.

The chariot in itself represents our body, the rider us, the horses are our senses and the bridle our mind with which we control our senses. The battleground is our heart. Also, here Krishna is telling Arjun (the rider) that he must not be emotional and do the duty of a warrior, fight for victory.


  1. It's been years since I've read the Bhagvad Gita, but I really like the link you've made with the Chariot card.

    The Chariot card is such an unusual card - the keeper of the grail, the vehicle of the divine etc. Yet, it has connections to War, and victories in War.

    I've often thought of life (existence) as a War. Every act, even breathing, is a Victory.

    Interesting post and it's always good to be reminded of some of the deeper symbolism behind the Chariot. Some people even speculate that the original Chariot card was a symbol of the Church - acting as a vehicle to convey the faithful to Heaven.

  2. Thanks for stopping by at my blog Douglas.

    I agree about life as war, in some ways it is. and the everpresent (and insatiable?) need to move forward in life.

    Another intersting interpretation of Chariot. Thanks!