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Fate vs. Destiny (Or, The Wheel vs. The Chariot)

Fate and Destiny are two different things, in my opinion.

Fate is the state of waiting for things to happen. It puts a person’s life trajectory, happiness and success in the hands of something other than the individual. It’s the backseat of someone else’s vehicle.

Destiny, on the other hand, is active and self-directed. It takes life’s reins by the hand, snaps them with assurance and heads towards purpose.

Carl Jung said, “When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate”. William Jennings Bryan noted, “Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

In Tarot, I see Fate personified by The Wheel and Destiny by The Chariot.

I’ve come up with some traits I feel are characterized more by a Fate/Wheel outlook—and those reflected by a Chariot/Destiny worldview:

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Makes Excuses
Interprets Failure As Proof of Life’s Unfairness
Stuck in Familiar Loops
Views People as Competition
Envious of the Success of Others
Participates in Gossip and Slander
All or Nothing
Uses Rocks to Throw at People
Drives on Autopilot
Wants Spoonfed
Points Fingers
Spins Wheels
Withholds Praise from Others When They Accomplish Something
I Can’t
I Won’t
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Makes Things Happen
Interprets Failure As An Opportunity to Redefine Success
Tries New Approaches 
Views People as Colleagues
Inspired by the Success of Others
Stays Focused on the Work at Hand
Uses Rocks as Stepping Stones or Building Materials
Drives Manually
Unafraid of Work
Takes Responsibility
Goes Somewhere
Congratulates Others on Their Accomplishments
I Can
I Will



-- Janet


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