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The Chariot

The Chariot is the card that speaks to me the most.

To me, it speaks of victory; conquest; of triumph over oppression – which is something I’ve had to struggle with a lot, since coming to terms with the fact that I was queer. I come from a very small, very Catholic family, and since my family found out I was a lesbian there’s been nothing but arguments and attempts at pretending I’m not. My mother is especially strict, and very much against tarot cards, so it’s a fascination and passion I’ve had to hide from her, in much the same way I’ve had to hide everything else.

I got my first tarot deck for my birthday, from a friend of mine, and it’s absolutely beautiful. The Chariot card in the deck is a tall ship, and I don’t know how to describe the way I felt looking it at it – but it felt so right! Like, this was the card for me. I’ve always had a passion for the ocean & sailing. I’m studying to be a historian and my focus is on the golden age of sail, so ships are very near and dear to my heart. Whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of how far I come, and that I have to keep going – I have friends who love me and accept me for who I am. I have a wonderful partner, and eventually I’ll be strong enough to stand up for myself and be my own person! It’s a very exciting idea, and the Chariot has really been a personal source of inspiration that way.

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