The Conqueror in Egyptian Tarot is called The Chariot or sometimes Victory in other decks. His number, seven, represents completeness or perfection on the physical plane as it is also expressed in the 7 tones of the musical scale (the eighth tone being a repeat of the first), 7 days of the week, 7 physical senses (The ancients added intuition and thought transference), 7 chakras, 7 lower octave planets, 7 colors in the spectrum, 7 ancient cultures, 7 seas, and even 7 deadly sins! When man began to analyze and combine numbers, he took the perfect world number, FOUR, and added to it the perfect divine number, THREE, and got SEVEN, the most sacred number to the Hebrews. It symbolized the earth combined with the completeness of God. So we have SEVEN expressing COMPLETENESS through union of earth with heaven. The number seven is used over 700 times in the Bible, 54 times alone in the Book of Revelation, and more than any other number except the number one.
How did our conqueror get to be so complete, so perfect? From Arcanum V, The Hierophant, he learned ethics and values and used them correctly. The Genie in the Two Paths didn’t strike The Conqueror down when he came to that all-important crossroads. Our Conqueror passed his trial using strength of character, discernment, and a respect for all sentient beings. Equipped with these tools, he is now ready to venture ahead on his spiritual journey. Along The Conqueror’s way, as symbolized by the black and white sphinx, there will be periods of harmony and periods of disharmony; so he will have many more opportunities to overcome temptation and conquer the pitfalls and frailties of the human experience. The Conqueror, having gained self-mastery, is now on his way to new and greater heights of achievement. In that sense, this card in a reading can mean a physical move, say, to a new neighborhood, or to a new position at work. It is also a card that can mean a call to adventure, or a call to a higher philosophy.
The key phrase for Sagittarius, the sign that rules The Conqueror, is I SEE, meaning that he sees the big picture. So often in life, we become victims of our circumstances because we fail to see beyond them. We think we’ve lost all hope for a career because we weren’t accepted to a certain university; we think that because we can’t pay our bills right now, we’ll be poor for the rest of our lives; we think that because we went through a divorce we may never know love again. The Conqueror, by seeing the big picture and realizing that, ultimately, all circumstances in our lives are only opportunities to strengthen our character, our compassion, and our spirituality, becomes the victor. It is far easier to face challenges when we can visualize ourselves on the other side of them and, perhaps on some level, better off for having experienced them. Life, after all, is an adventure!
The Conqueror in a reading can mean all things related to the Ninth House. Other key words and phrases in a reading might be: Spiritual Journey or Quest, Victory, Action, Completion, Long Trips, Religion, Philosophy, Higher Education, Public Expression, Broadcasting, Fair Play, Honesty, Discernment.
The spiritual message of this card is:
Remember, then, son of earth, that the empire of the world belongs to them who possess the sovereignty of spirit, that is to say, the light which makes clear the mysteries of life. If the Conqueror should appear in the prophetic signs of thy horoscope, it signifies that in breaking through obstacles thou wilt crush thy enemies; and all thy wishes will be realized if thou attack the future with audacity, armed in the consciousness of thy right. The Sacred Tarot, by C.C. Zain
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