VII The Conqueror / Der Wagen Tarot
daringness, will, departure
symbol: conquest and objective/focus
astrology: mars or aries in connection to the sun
path of chet from binah to geburah
archetype: Shiva or Osiris but also Ikarus or Phaeton
The card of „the conqueror“ represents the young agile form of a nascent emperor who expands from the middle and has a goal, a focused sight and an idea „that there is more to accomplish, to conquer or to gain“ – pure fire. He is a strong leader with potential followers but has almost no ability to connect to the world or others. He is the rising sun, the symbolic golden dawn or the awakening idea. These new ideas are symbolized through the planets emerging from the rays around his head.
The conqueror is in the centre of the pillars and guarded by the baldachin of the mother (binah) which underlines his function as the renovator and bringer of the holy grail. His golden armour functions like a shell or husk and let’s no deviant ideas in. This means almost perfect focus but also rigidity in mind. Also the shell protects him from being disturbed or even recognized. Though he is a strong minded archetype his appearance can be very inert. He is carried and moved by his carriage and therefore he doesn’t have to act directly (symbol of the cancer). During a confrontation he would never leave his shell or chariot. The conqueror is absorbed in thought and sitting in a meditating position assembling his potential power. Goal-oriented he navigates his chariot which would destroy everything which is in the carriages way. Like the serpent of time (Ouroboros) the chariot is a symbol for repeating cycles. Everything old or outdated must spread or it will be destroyed by getting roped into the vortex of the wheels.
The conqueror is unusally very sure of himself and his new concepts which will prevail. The chariot symbolizes directed will and departure – often a quest.
Because of this strong intention this archetype cannot have respect or sympathy for the weak, unconcrete or flexible. So the person embodying this archetype can be the hero, initiate, warrior or simply an egocentric maniac. The card can also be a warning of overestimation of one’s own capabilities or imminent recklessness.