The Chariot Tarot: A White Horse
The Chariot tarot immediately started with a hurdle: should I include an actual chariot in this painting?
I’ve tried to make this tarot deck have more of a natural feel, to have the distinct absence of any man-made creations. Of course there have been exceptions. One was definitely the Nine of Wands, a circus elephant breaking free from its restraints.
The other obvious exceptions have been the Swords cards as well. I’ve found the Swords tarot to be one of the more challenging suits to create. With the wands, cups and pentacles, I’ve incorporated them as more symbolic representations: a flower, leaves, a tree. But with the swords, I’ve kept them as actual swords. Painting an animal surrounded by swords and trying to create a message with that imagery has been tough!
But, back to the Chariot. I decided to paint a horse for this card, which seemed like one of the more fitting choices. I had thought of painting it both black and white, as a combination of the two creatures that are usually pulling the chariot in traditional images, but in the end, the white horse seemed to just visually work better for me. The horse’s mane had this almost ethereal feel to it; so I felt like I should put almost like a whisper of the chariot behind the horse. I think it worked out in the end. To me, despite what normal Chariot cards are like, this one has a bit of a dream-like quality to it. So I didn’t even tether the horse to the chariot, because really, the true Chariot is the horse itself.