The Chariot card is the number seven of the Major Arcana cards in the tarot deck cards. Other names for this card are the Centurion or victory. The card is linked to the Cancer zodiac sign and mainly signifies willpower, triumph, and direction that leans toward positivity. Here you can find a detailed tarot card description of the Chariot including keywords, upright, and reversed card meanings.
Chariot Tarot Card Key Words
- Upright: direction, control, willpower, determination, success, action
- Reversed: lack of control, opposition, lack of direction, self-discipline
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 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.
Upright Chariot Tarot Card 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.
To achieve your goal, 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 may be pulled in opposite directions or 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.
Reversed Chariot Tarot Card Meaning
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 and 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 reversed Chariot may also indicate that you are lacking motivation, direction, or focus or that you are being 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.
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