“Another card that I have two versions of is The Chariot - one with a female driver (like older decks), one with a male (more like Rider Waite). Maybe that would be a good one to include as two versions?”
“One other little factor that I'm not sure if it's mentioned in the book, is that I made one of the swans drawing the chariot black, to represent Western Australia, my home state. The black swan is our state bird, and they're very majestic. This was one of the few obviously personal references that had nothing to do with tarot tradition.”
From Kat Black on the thread http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread...&threadid=7296
The chariot, swans, and landscape come from a painting called the Allegory of Spring. What a fitting setting for the chariot.
The only thing I have to add to this is that the card seems to me like the eye of the storm, like everything is happening around her, but where she is it is calm. Just like a leader they need to remain calm even when all around them has gone haywire.
Coat of arms
Histoy of the order of the Golden Fleece (the necklace around the crest with the sheep hanging from it is a symbol of the order)
chariot, swans, landscape