Chariot Tarot Card Meanings

Chariot Tarot Card Meanings

The Chariot tarot card meaning

Card Number: VII The Chariot Arcana (7)

The Chariot upright

Adversity – possibly already overcome, assertion, conflicting influences, Control, determination, escape, need to pay attention to details, possible voyage or journey, rushing to a decision, success, turmoil, urging to gain control of ones emotions, vengeance, victory, will power,

The Chariot Reversed

aggression, failure to face reality, Failure, Lack of control and direction, Life out of balance, overwhelmed, sudden collapse of plans, to lose at the last minute something otherwise in your grasp,


The Chariot is one of the hardest tarot card to read and interpret. But do not let it defer you from reading it. :). Do not worry excessively about memorizing all the tarot card meanings but rather, take all these tarot card interpretations as a guide. Let’s move on to the Chariot tarot card:

Tarot Symbol

There is a chariot(car), an amored warrior, sun/moon symbols, lions at rest and a canopy of stars

Tarot Story

Chariot tarotThe Fool is close to achieving goals that he has set for himself, using the tools that the Magician had revealed to him. However, the Fool has his own share of enemies too; enemies who will stand in his path to success. These enemies include human enemies and bad circumstances. Confusion in his own mind also represent another kind of enemies that will stand in his way.The Fool feels that he is struggling just to remain where he is. He wonders about how he can get rid of these enemies in order to move ahead.

At this point of time, he chanced upon a charioteer who stands in his gold and silver chariot. The Fool seeks advice from the charioteer. The charioteer looks out at the ocean and use metaphors of sea tides to relate his ideas to the Fool. The charioteer advises that if the Fool tries to fight the sea tides, it will be a fruitless attempt which will only cause the Fool to tire out and drown. The only way to win will be to swim parallel to the shore.

The Fool feels enlightened and inspired. He thanks the warrior and is ready to make his move before the warrior gives him some final advice. He told the Fool that confidence is pertinent to success and victory is just the start of journey and not the end of it.

Tarot meaning

As mentioned earlier, the Chariot can be a difficult tarot card to interpret. Superficially, this tarot card implies a war or a struggle. However, analyse the card more deeply and you will realise that this tarot card actually has more meanings. This tarot card actually encourages one to maintain control over opposing emotions and bring them together. Give these emotions a single direction and remain transfixed on this direction. Confidence and motivation is also important and having these qualities will definitely ensure a higher chance of success.

I guess it suffice to conclude that this is a pretty positive card, much like the motivational effect of “motivation posters” you often see. It serves as a great reminder to remember that confidence and motivation are really important and useful qualities that can push you to a greater height.

What is your interpretation of this card? Let us know below even if its the same card but is in a different tarot deck.

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  • Lori Launier says:

    Keywords: Change and causation, Choosing, Intention, Victory, Commitment, Realization, Will / Acceptance/ Quaternary, Responsibility

    By the mid-point of life, it is expected that each of us has a strong identity and mastery over our emotions. The Chariot demonstrates iron will and purposeful intent, which allows for triumphs within the immediate and even distant environs. The Chariot represents visible control and victorious exploits. The supremely endowed ego makes itself know to all.

    Assertive success at this point in time indicates the inculcation of the initiatory process and confidence in knowledge and in the history of the physical being. The CHARIOT is the elemental aspect of self: mental agility, clear thinking; physical dexterity and grace; emotional maturity and soundness; spiritual growth and discernment. Change, so it is said, is to remind us of who we _really_ are. Choices when make with correctness and fortitude motivate us to a deeper commitment, personally and transpersonally.

    The one who is able to face, control, and vanquish the opposition, that cannot be swayed with rhetoric, preserves the sacred in the journey. Victory, and the concomitant responsibilities, is not for the faint of heart.

    Symbols found in the RWS Chariot
    · Canopy of Stars – overhead represent the celestial influences that have played a role in his victory.
    · Chariot – represents the human personality: the vehicle for the expression of self.
    · Diadem – with an eight pointed star, representing dominion.
    · Egyptian Winged Solar Disc – represent inspiration.
    · Moon – on the Charioteer’s belt and shoulders. In the Golden Dawn system, the Chariot is assigned to Cancer which is ruled by the moon. Waite says in the _PKT_, “On the shoulders … (are) Urim and Thummim.”
    · River – The River of Life that flows from the hem of the High Priestesses gown
    · Shield – symbol on the shield in front of the chariot is a Hindu symbol which represents duality and unity: the erect male penis (lingam) penetrating the female genitals (yoni). Perhaps it refers to the sexual maturity of the Charioteer, having completed the first third of the journey.
    · Sphinx – the pillars of the Tree of Life. In this case representing nature. Note they pull in different directions. They require the will of the charioteer.
    · Square – on the Charioteer’s chest, physical reality.
    · Walled City – the Chariot is assigned to the Hebrew letterCheth which means a fence or enclosure.
    · Wand – in the hands of the Charioteer it represents his will.

  • Heidi Post says:

    Card desciption:

    The soldier stands tall in his chariot, like Julius Caesar riding triumphantly into Rome. He has blonde hair and wears a green wreath on his head. An eight pointed golden star sits on the wreath, the centerpiece of his golden crown, that is encircled by the wreath. His face is young, and his expression is one of strength, triumph and thought.

    The charioteer is dressed in Roman battle garb. He wears a metal breast-plate, with a square on the chest, metal shoulder pads, and fore-arm protectors. He has a black ‘skirt’ with white symbols on the pleats. A golden square-link chain belt encircles his waist. There is a thin crescent moon on each shoulder. In his right hand is a blue wand with a golden tip.

    The chariot is a grey square, almost like a stone block with tall thin wheels, it has a blue star-spangled canopy. It On the front of the chariot is an insignia. It is a pair of blue wings, with a golden circle in the middle. A shield is below this, it has a curious emblem on it. A red half sphere, speared vertically by a red rod.

    Drawing this chariot are a pair of sphinxes. The one on the right is white, the other is black. They have masculine faces, yet possess breasts. The sphinxes are crouching, like the giant sphinxes of Egypt. The Chariot is standing on green grass, a stream runs behind it. On the opposite bank we see trees, a great stone wall and the towers of a castle and city behind it.

    LWB:- Adversity – possibly already overcome, conflicting influences, turmoil, vengeance, success, possible voyage or journey, escape, rushing to a decision, need to pay attention to details, urging to gain control of ones emotions.

    Reversed:- Failure, to lose at the last minute something otherwise in your grasp, sudden collapse of plans, overwhelmed, failure to face reality.

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