Are you ready to master your emotions and take the reigns when it comes to your own life? The Chariot tarot card is the number seven of the Major Arcana cards in the tarot deck and appears when a person is determined to win or succeed at any cost. Other names for this card are the Centurion or Victory and it is linked to the Cancer zodiac sign.
Because it signifies willpower, triumph, and direction that leans toward positivity, you’ll often receive the Chariot in a reading when your guides want you to concentrate your energy on a particular path or purpose.
Here you can find a detailed tarot card description of the Chariot including keywords, upright, and reversed card meanings.
The Chariot Tarot Key Words
Before diving deeper into the upright- and reversed Chariot card meaning, and its connection to love, work, and life, below a quick overview of the most important words connected to this Major Arcana card.
The Chariot Tarot Card Description
The Chariot card in a tarot reading is one of the most complex cards to explain. The card shows a warrior standing inside a Chariot.
The Chariot rises above the city as if to say that the warrior inside the Chariot stands alone above all humans as the victor. Yet, the square on his tunic – depicting the element of earth – and the material world around him help the warrior to the ground.
The armor he wears is decorated with crescent moons, representing new journeys, and other alchemical symbols, expressing spiritual transformation. The star crown on his head signals victory, success, and enlightenment.
The warrior stands tall symbolizing that he is all about taking action and moving forward. The star canopy above the Chariot suggests his connection to the divine world and the spiritual will.
The two black and white sphinxes in front of the Chariot represent our senses – conscious and unconscious. The black sphinx is the moon, the feminine, and the unconscious. The white sphinx is the sun, the masculine and the conscious. Together they create harmony and balance.
Because the sphinxes are pulling the chariot, the Charioteer must command with his will power and determination in order to succeed. They may seem satisfied in the picture, but they can be in trouble if they move in different directions.
Therefore the Charioteer must focus and use his ability to control his emotions and thoughts to lead the sphinxes to the destination he wants.
The Chariot Tarot Meaning
When the upright Chariot tarot card shows up in a tarot reading, it tells you that now is the time to get what you want. Consider this card as a sign of encouragement.
The card is all about overcoming obstacles and achieving your goal through determination, focus, and willpower. You will feel motivated, ambitious and in control. This will help you to get a stagnant situation moving again and overcome all the challenges that may be in your path.
Just keep focused and believe in your own abilities and you will achieve your goal. This card tells you that a triumph is waiting for you and that you are fully in control of making it happen.
When the upright Chariot tarot card shows up in a reading, it tells you that now is the time to get what you want.
Money & Career
The Chariot has several messages when it comes to the physical world – and more specific money and your career– one being that you should focus on the end goal (bigger picture) instead of getting bogged down by life’s ups and downs.
If you’re working towards a degree/certification, trying for a promotion, or ‘job-hunting’ in hopes of snagging a better position, hone in on your goal. By focusing all of your energy on a positive objective, you’ll be less likely to obsess about the negative. This will allow you to work with the Law of Attraction and bring forth the things that you want including money and an overall better financial outlook.
Love & Relationships
The Chariot isn’t really a positive card for a love reading, even when paired with the Lovers or cups cards since it can represent control issues or being pressured into conforming in relationships.
It also represents silly arguments, competition, as well as jealousy between partners. If this is something that is happening in your relationships currently, you’ll need to take a stand. If there is a way to communicate and overcome your issues, you should do so. However, you should never allow yourself to be walked over or mistreated while bending someone else’s will.
If you’re single or trying to heal from a hurt relationship, the Chariot often stands for the type of self-care and love that should rule our lives. Are there fears or negative belief systems that are causing you to be disconnected from the love that you desire and deserve. By figuring out what these roadblocks are, you’ll be able to move forward on a path that leads to all your desires being fulfilled, including those of a romantic nature.
Health & Spirituality
Both health and spirituality readings take a positive turn when the Chariot zooms by. The main message with either being that you’ll need to take control and make things happen.
In ancient times, the charioteer was a warrior who was brave and courageous when marching into battle. You’ll need to take on that same persona when working towards physical, emotional, or spiritual well-being. You are your biggest champion!
Whether it be with career, money, love, or some other area, you can achieve your goal through passionate pursuit. You shouldn’t be passive but you have to come into action.
This may mean that you have to compete with others or that you find yourself in a situation that feels like a battle. You’re pulled in opposite directions or you feel like your strength and confidence are being tested.
In these situations, the Chariot invites you to be confident and draw upon your willpower. Be courageous and bold in manifesting your desires and setting your boundaries. This will allow you to withstand the hardships and be strong and in control.
Lastly, and in a very literal sense, the Chariot can indicate a journey, especially driving or taking a road trip.
The Chariot Reversed
The reversed Chariot card can indicate failure, defeat, and a lack of control. When this card appears in your reading, it can be a sign that you lost your determination and willingness.
Are you letting obstacles and challenges get in the way, blocking you from achieving your goal? Did you lose the will to go on? If so, the reversed Chariot advises you to stop for a moment. Think about the reason you wanted to achieve your goal in the first place.
Question yourself whether you want to give up as soon as things get tough? Or are you able to follow through on your commitment?
The Chariot reversed can also serve as a sign that you lack motivation, direction, or focus or that you’re too obsessed with the things you want to accomplish.
While the upright Chariot card tells you that you can achieve your goals as long as you have the courage to do so, the reversed card tells you that sometimes having the desire to be in control is not always the answer.
It may suggest that there will be things that you cannot change and tells you to loosen your grip and let things run their course.
The reversed Chariot card in a reading can mean failure, defeat, and a lack of control.
Lastly, the reversed Chariot card can be a sign that you lost direction and control over your life. Are you facing a situation where there are many opposing forces and do you avoid making choices?
If so, this card tells you to pause for a while and think about your values and beliefs. They will help you to make choices you have been avoiding, which will give you self-confidence and self-esteem.
Be bold and proactive and remind yourself that you still embody the powerful qualities of the brave Charioteer. You are the pilot of your own plane and you are the only one that can determine your own future. Success comes from action, not avoidance.
The Chariot: Yes or No
Strong energy is always present when the Chariot is drawn. If you’re wanting a yes or no answer and you pull the Chariot, the answer is yes–with just one requirement. When you move forward, you must do so decisively and with all of your effort.
Straddling the fence or going back and forth will only lead to failure. You’ll need to give it all you got to make this relationship, investment, or venture successful. Embrace your inner Charioteer!
Important Card Combinations
Like all other Major Arcana cards, the Chariot takes on a more detailed meaning when connected with certain cards. The Tower, the Magician, the Moon, and the Six of Wands have especially powerful meanings when connected to number VII (seven.) Their messages are outlined below.
The Chariot and the Tower
There’s no way to sugar coat it. When the Chariot and the Tower appear together, a defeat or failure is on the horizon. This can be a bit depressing, especially if you were hoping for positive news from your reading (who isn’t, right?) But the truth is, all experiences serve to teach us something. The humbling experience you’ve just gone through (or soon will face) serves a purpose. What can it teach you?
The Chariot and the Magician
Two Major Arcana cards, the Chariot and the Magician, bring a special message: What you accomplish is whatever you will. This means that what happens next totally depends on you and your willpower. Sure, there are times in your life when things will seem out of control and dependant on fate, but this isn’t one of them. By concentrating on the things that you really desire and focusing all of your energy in that direction, you will be able to accomplish so much.
The Chariot and the Six of Wands
Self-confidence is key when the Chariot and the Six of Wands appear. You are right on the brink of achieving some really amazing things, but to go all the way, you’ll have to get your belief system in check. Are their beliefs stored in your subconscious mind that are causing you to feel that you can’t accomplish all of the things that you desire? Don’t give in to these thoughts. Progress is near, you just need to embrace your abilities and walk into this next season confidently.
The Chariot and the Moon
The Chariot is the card of self-control. When combined with the Moon, it represents a need to practice more control one’s emotions. Have recent decisions and actions been fueled by feelings such as fear, anger, or anxiety?
If so, the Chariot and Moon tarot cards want you to work on dealing with strong emotions in a way that is healthy. This might involve labeling your emotions, embracing them, and working through them using breathing exercises. If this isn’t something you deal with presently, be on the lookout for future situations in which you’ll need to ‘keep your cool.’
Cool Chariot Tarot Art
Although the description of the Chariot is based on the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, I definitely use other decks too. And there are so many different decks out there! Below you can find a small selection of beautiful Chariot tarot cards.
The Chariot in a Reading
That’s all for the Chariot tarot card meaning! If you have pulled the Chariot tarot card in your spread, did the meaning make sense to your situation in life?
As a symbol of overcoming obstacles and achieving your goal, just consider this card as a sign of encouragement. Use your determination, focus, and willpower to get a stagnant situation moving again and overcome all the challenges that may be in your path. You can do it!
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