Anonymous asked: Welcome back, wizard. Please pull and interpret a card for me - I'm a visual artist and yet I seem to block the full freedom of my creativity from coming through in my work. What is this block and what can I do to free myself?
From David Allen Hulse’s “The Western Mysteries”:
The Hebrew letter assigned to the Chariot is Cheth, which, as the letter name ChITh, means a fence, wall, or enclosure, as well as the wild beasts of the field. Both images are used in Waite’s version… The wall in the background enclosing the city is a direct reference to Cheth as a wall, fence, or enclosure. The chariot, as well as the armor of the charioteer, also serve as symbols of that which encloses.
Hulse also notes that the card is associated with Cancer, a famously guarded sign, which is visually echoed in the Charioteer’s breastplate.
I don’t personally utilize much astrology or qabala in my readings, but I’m glad I checked with someone who does, Querent.
You’re an artist, you’re ready for action! You’re creative, ambitious, and ready to put the pedal to the metal. One problem: you’re protecting yourself. You aren’t vulnerable in your work. You may think you’re taking risks, because your work seems challenging to others, but you’re actually playing it safe, maintaining impenetrable barriers between yourself and the creative wilderness that you claim to be so call home.
There is a time early in your career as an artist when this is totally fine. Necessary even, considering the nerve it takes to embark on such a path. But if the armor doesn’t come off eventually, then you won’t grow. You can’t grow, there’s no room. It’s awkward to go through this in full view of the public, but every artist does it and so will you.
If an adventurer returns from battle with his armor intact and no mud on his boots, his fearsome tales aren’t going to ring true. If he comes back with his breastplate cracked, or missing altogether, people will draw closer and cross themselves waiting for him to finish each sentence.
Time for you to play hermit crab. Creep out of your shell, have some adventures and make some art — even bad art, because it’s through risk and failure that we grow the most as artists. When you’re done, you’ll be able to move into an even bigger, more formidable home with a whole new perspective. Deal?