The core concept of the Rider card indicates that someone or some situation is on its way. This card can represent a lover. Often it is associated with sports related themes.
The energy of the Rider is neutral. You don’t really know if what is on its way is positive or negative. Many times you don’t really know who is coming. The Rider works better with other cards to determine what exactly it means. As a stand alone card or as a one card daily draw it could mean anything unless you were specifically thinking of a person or situation when you pulled the card.
Let’s talk about the on its way meaning. I sent a parcel to my son so that means the parcel is on its way. Even though the parcel is held up at a postal office due to the many shipments of parcels at this time of year it is still on its way.
Will my son receive the parcel? There is a 99.9% chance it will arrive. The time frame for delivery is an estimate. Sometimes, situations are shown to be on their way in a layout. The other cards will give you clues how soon the prediction will manifest.
The nature of whatever is on its way is also determined by cards close to the Rider.
If the Rider was in the past area of the GT or layout you are using on the day of shuffle that means it is not on its way anymore – it has most likely arrived. There needs to be evidence in the present time frame that the person is still waiting. The result cards (present or future) will show you the nature of what has arrived. Was it a person? Was it a parcel? Was it information?
The cards beside (above or below) the Rider should reveal quite a bit about which meaning of the Rider is unfolding. Did the information get lost? Is the information associated with “bad” news? Did you get the job? Was your application approved? Will your lover show up? Does he / she have good intentions?
Direction of the horse/horseman? Many times the direction can be considered. This can be confusing though if the horse faces to the left in the GT part which is read as the future (to the right of the Significator). I don’t factor directions with this card as much as I do with the Book or Scythe, etc.
When reading the near and far technique the Rider close to the Significator or other person cards strongly suggest the time frame is soon. When the Rider is quite far away other situations may need to materialize before the Rider arrives. Often, whatever should be on its way never arrives in this scenario.
Christmas is on its way. The nature of the holiday season cannot be determined until it has arrived. You could be depressed for one reason or another. You could celebrate with your family and have a wonderful time. You may not get the gift you desired. You might receive a surprise gift. Given all those questions Christmas is still on its way.
The Rider is on its way but its a little deeper than that. Could there be travel involved? What are the extenuating circumstances (other cards in layout)? I wouldn’t just jump on the meaning of on its way. I would investigate what the other cards are suggesting before determining a statement of the Rider card.
On that note, wishing you safe travels.