‘Losing the battle, but winning the war’. Or, give up on my old Volvo altogether, the Chariot being a vehicle of transportation. The Lambhorgini of its day.
This does very much look like ‘giving up’ on something, but I have to say in this case it actually looks like this is a good thing. The World, #21 and the last of the Major Arcana is today the ‘future’ position and is the completion of a cycle: the world has turned. By 2021 you may not even recognize yourself.
The nasty, confrontational ‘win-at-all-costs’ 5 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) is today in the reverse and behind us. Everything is a battle to at least one of the characters in the scene on the Olde Tyme card as 2 others surrender their own weapons and walk away: this is a good card to see in this position in this place.
Not worth it.
“Pick your battles!” is what I yell at my little old soldier Chuey when he starts yapping for, to me, no apparent reason. Cars yes, rabbits no. I’m in California but this dog I’m quite sure can see all the way to Arizona. I actually. pondered animal eye to human organ transplants because of him, and he even has milky, misty cataracts in both eyes.
The Chariot, astrologically an emotional Cancer, is a card card about ‘winning’. Setting, focusing on, and achieving your long-term goal. Your personal ‘finish line’.
In the reverse, this is a ‘unwinnable’ race. We’re not necessarily ‘losing’ but today, in the center, we look more like one or both of the humans on the 5 in the past position, the 2 who are finding the fight not worth it.
Today I’m feeling like this is more of a choice than anything else.
Or, like I said, the ol’ Volvo can’t run anymore. I won’t fight it (5 of Swords) but I think she’s still got a lot of life in her. 250+000 miles is nothing. meanwhile, across town, FedEx had delivered the errant auto part to the wrong address and all was well by the end of the day yesterday. This is the next, and hopefully, not the last stop for the ‘vO.
No matter what happens, we had a good run.
In any case, I have a free rental, and find myself planning a couple of short trips I would not have made otherwise, so the world is a little bigger than it would have been. There are at least 1 ‘bucket list’ trips left in the bucket, for those not familiar with American slang or too young to need one, the ‘bucket list’ is the list of things you must accomplish before you die.
This is letting the world turn, not fighting it, and not stressing over it. Any twists and turns or delays or even mis-communications during this Mercury Retrograde, have, so far for me always resulted in some interesting and ‘off-road’ idea, encounter or insight. Sunday was a massively energetic day, and although my car didn’t start, the energy was diverted elsewhere and the results were unexpected, therefore, surpassed anything I could have expected or desired.
The Charioteer ‘eases up’ on the reins in this case, and lets the horses rest or ‘run it off’.
You can fight it, but why? The world, so far, has always continued to turn.