"La carroza, la carroza, cried the beldam. Invertido. Carta de guerra, de venganza."
The Chariot from the Rider-Waite tarot deck
Public DomainThe Chariot from the Rider-Waite tarot deck - Credit: Pamela Coleman Smith

The chariot, the chariot, cried the beldam. Inverted. Card of war, of vengeance.

 

This is a reference to The Chariot, the seventh trump or Major Arcana card in the traditional Tarot deck. The card usually depicts a princely figure riding in a chariot, pulled by two sphinxes or horses.

The Chariot is one of the most complex cards to define. On its most basic level, it implies war and conquest, a struggle and an eventual, hard-won victory. If inverted, the meaning remains the same, but the Querent is in danger of losing the battle due to a lack of control.

 

Beldam is an archaic word meaning hag or witch. It may also be used to refer to an old woman, particularly an ugly one.