The Chariot Tarot
What is the Chariot Tarot
The Chariot (VII) is the seventh card in a suit of twenty-two cards, called the trumps or the Major Arcana in a traditional 78-card tarot deck. Also known as Centurion or Victory, it is used in game playing as well as in divination. The ruling planet of the Chariot is Moon and element is water.
How is the Chariot in the Tarot Card Depicted
A princely figure stands strong and determined before his chariot drawn by a pair of horses or sphinxes, a black one on the left, and a white one on the right. He holds a small wand, and on his head, there is a golden crown with a floating star. His battle attire consists of a breastplate, frilled metal forearm, and a gold belt with astrological symbols. On his shoulders are two crescent moons facing outward. The front part of the chariot is adorned with blue wings and over it is a veil covered with stars. He is stationed half on land and half in water, with the spires of the kingdom’s castle appearing behind him, beneath a golden sky.
What Does the Chariot Mean in the Tarot Card
Linked with the astrological sign of Cancer, the Chariot implies that you would have to face a lot of hard work in future, but with endurance and ambition, you’d eventually succeed. The crescent moons on the shoulder of the princely figure refer to the world, the star crown and laurel symbolize the highest man can achieve during his quest for spiritual evolution. The square on his chest may either symbolize earth or present the Kabbalistic view of the four worlds.
The two different colored horses stand for duality or opposing forces, suggesting how the Charioteer needs to have control over both. The six-pointed stars embodying celestial influences guide him in his path of enlightenment as he leaves behind civilization. The disk appearing below the wings is a symbol of Isis, the Egyptian goddess of magic and mothers.
The Chariot as a Person (Signifier)
How Someone Sees You: The card signifies a strong-willed, diligent, brave, and controlling person. He has the ability to attain great heights, provided that he puts his mind into it. Sometimes, he may even be fake about his confidence.
The Chariot Tarot Card Meaning: Upright
Symbolism: Control, willpower, victory, assertion, determination
Interpretation: It indicates that with the appropriate use of willpower, confidence, and discipline, you would be able to overcome all oppositions.
The card admonishes you to be bold but stresses on dominating your aggressive impulses so that you can channelize them into something more creative.
In Love Reading
Symbolism: Importance of self-love, being open, moving ahead
Interpretation: If you are single and looking for love, then it may happen that you enter into a relationship with someone since it has felt right. However, it may not turn out happy for both.
For those in a committed relationship, the card urges you to be honest with your feelings and communicate what you feel to your partner.
If the card comes up after a breakup, the implication is that you must move forward, considering it as a temporary hurdle.
Chariot Tarot Card Readings in Other Conditions
Career and Work: The card advices you to dissolve small issues, stop worrying about how your work is perceived by others and just do your best to achieve success.
Business and Finance: Since finances are doing well, you are likely to spend money on purchasing something related to transport. However, you need to save money too. Strive to pay your debts first and maintain a disciplined outlook to enjoy financial stability.
Health and Wellness: The card looks forward to your vitality and influences you to start on a fitness plan so as to reap the benefits of a healthy life.
Reversed Chariot Tarot Meaning
Symbolism: Lack of control and direction, aggression
Interpretation: In an upside down position it indicates your present feelings of loss and power resulted due to your failure to control the opposing forces.
It may also suggest that you are breaking down under pressure.
Instead of worrying about the things you cannot control, focus your energies on what you have and strive to change the situation.
In Love Reading
Symbolism: Lack of initiative, distance, separation
Interpretation: You may feel hopeless since the relationship does not seem to have any future. You may even seek a break even if temporarily.
Recognize the failings in your bond and strive to attain a solution that befits both.
The Chariot in Different Positions in a Tarot Spread
Past: The card stresses your past struggles that have strengthened you, and aided you to achieve prosperity.
Present: Finally, you are in a position that is rewarding and filled with happiness. However, though you have waited for it for months, you may feel uneasy about being in control.
Future: By steadfastly maintaining your efforts, you would be able to gain honor and recognition.
Chariot Tarot Meaning in Combination with Other Cards
|The Fool||Reflects your tendency to be overprotective|
|The Magician||Stresses your power to do something well|
|The High Priestess||Mirrors your feelings of security|
|The Empress||Stands for your excessive desire for something or need for privacy|
|The Emperor||Refers to your power to influence many people|
|The Hierophant||Symbolizes your imbibing of safety rules|
|The Lovers||Embodies a serious emotional affair|
|The Strength||Stresses the attempts you make to enhance your appearance|
|The Hermit||Embodies enjoyment of life|
|The Wheel of Fortune||Mirrors your adaptive nature|
|The Justice||Reflects your feelings of being wronged by others|
|The Hanged Man||Stands for settling down comfortably|
|The Death||Symbolizes your inclinations to withdraw from social life|
|The Temperance||Embodies your keenness in charity work|
|The Devil||Depicts your blind patriotism|
|The Tower||Implies a sudden breakdown|
|The Star||Indicates a mystical experience|
|The Moon||Symbolizes new ways of doing things|
|The Sun||Indicates the respect you achieve for your attitude|
|The Judgement||Indicates that your inclination to be melancholic may not bring out your violent moods|
|The World||Implies that you have a habit to run away from things|
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