The Chariot Tarot card represents triumph, speed, force of will, and courage. At this point in our journey through the Major Arcana, we have already met many teachers. We have learned about creation, balance, love, and power. In the previous card, The Lovers, we left paradise, and we are fully in the material world. Now we will rush forward full speed ahead to master and conquer this world.
When The Chariot tarot card appears, it shows that we have increased emotional stability, self-confidence, and self-control. We are entering an active and energetic phase in our lives. This phase will be marked by new projects, conquests, and success.
We will discuss The Chariot Tarot card that is found in the Rider-Waite deck and its symbolism. Additionally, we will talk about how to interpret it in a reading, both upright and reversed.
The Chariot Tarot Card and Numerology
Each Tarot card has a number, and that number has deep symbolism. The number of The Chariot is 7. 7 is 3 + 4, or Divinity (3) combined with materiality (4). As such, 7 is the number of faith. There are seven Traditional planets, which correspond to the seven days in a week. In astrology, these seven planets are the guides along our path. When we have faith, and when we know that we have guidance, we are able to move forward with confidence and security.
When this card appears, we have faith that we can act in the world, and that we will have help from the spiritual realms for our endeavors.
The Chariot Tarot card is associated with the astrological sign, Cancer.
Keywords for The Chariot Tarot Card
- Lack of focus
Imagery and Symbolism of The Chariot Tarot Card
The Chariot Tarot card shows a man riding on a chariot which is pulled by two sphinxes. He carries a scepter in his right hand, which is a symbol of earthly power. Each of the sphinxes, one black and one white, look in opposite directions and represent opposing forces. Though these sphinxes are pulling the chariot, the man in this card does not hold any reins. He drives through the force of his will alone.
Above him, we see a canopy with a star pattern. This indicates that he has Divine protection. He is dressed in powerful armor, embodying the principles of control and dominance over the world of humans. This armor also represents his defense against the lower forces.
Lessons of The Chariot Tarot Card
The Chariot Tarot card tells us about the transformative energy that comes before great changes in our lives. The arcane speaks of the mastery of situations through willpower, decision, and intelligence. It indicates the ability to prevail and represents a disciplined person.
Forge your own path
Sometimes we feel that we are forever tied to situations from which we could easily escape by just saying no. Enough is enough. But we still don’t do it, why is that? What does this mean?
Many of us have an instinctive fear of change, uncertainty, and being out of control. In some ways, this fear is important. It instinctively protects us from being like The Fool Tarot card, who is about to fall off a cliff without realizing it. On the other hand, this fear can also prevent us from acting and from letting events take their natural course.
When this fear takes hold, it is important to remember that you have the ability to move and to use your creative skills. The most important people in history are not remembered because they were millionaires or powerful. They are remembered because of their ideas and their capacity to influence others.
The Chariot Tarot card signifies mobilization, and often the most mobilizing experiences begin with assertive communication. Communicating with others can be a significant challenge. This is because we tend to ignore our feelings, our desires, even our dreams, considering them unattainable, inappropriate, or shameful.
The message of this card is that we will achieve victory if we take action. We have to accept that obstacles will appear along the way. That is just a part of life. On the other hand, we have the ability to control and weigh our passions, our ego, and our instincts. This is what will propel us forward, and allow us to forge our own path. We are in charge.
How to Interpret The Chariot Tarot Card in a Reading
When The Chariot Tarot card appears, it is a good time to ask yourself some hard questions:
- Are you in control of your life?
- Are you in control of your current situation, or have you let someone else take the wheel?
- Do you want to change your course, career, or objectives?
While it is true that we are not in control of everything, and that we don’t know what fate holds in store for us, we are the only ones who can make decisions about our own lives.
If you are going to make a change, don’t hesitate, you have the protection of universal energy, your inner god, and your loved ones. Go on, a new life awaits you.
The Upright Position of The Chariot Tarot Card:
The Chariot Tarot card represents conquest, victory, and overcoming obstacles through self-confidence and self-control. It generally signifies very successful results, but it also urges you to rethink the boundaries you might be crossing to achieve your goals. Perhaps your passion has turned into aggression. If so, you should learn moderation so that you do not harm those around you or cause your efforts to backfire.
You have the authority, the knowledge, and the strength to move forward. There’s nothing that can hold you back but your own demons. Be prepared to reach your goals and think of new ones.
The Chariot Tarot card could signify the arrival of an inheritance, the collection of a debt, or the appearance of new love. Depending on the arcana that accompany it in a spread, this card can indicate that you will have success when you go through periods of change or when you start new projects.
- A new love arrives in your life
- A past lover returns
- A strong sexual appetite
- A trip together
- You have taken on many obligations and responsibilities, and maybe it is time to take a break
- You have all the control in your hands
- If you continue putting in the effort, you will see the fruits of your work grow.=
- Increase in income
- Good luck with investments
The Reversed Position of The Chariot Tarot Card:
The Chariot Tarot card when reversed suggests that you have lost control of the situation. Perhaps someone or something external is managing your life. It could be a possessive partner or a controlling parent. It could even be that your own excessive ambition or ego have blinded you to what is happening in your life.
In other cases, it could indicate that you are imposing your will without limits in your desire to achieve your goals. In this way, you are becoming the architect of your own failure.
The Chariot card, reversed, could also mean that you are collapsing under pressure and losing your self-control. Your aggressiveness is channelled in the wrong direction. Redefine your aggression as determination and willpower. Stop clinging to weak and ungrateful ideas, habits, people, objects, or memories and move on.
It is possible that you have lost the will to keep moving forward. You may feel carried away by circumstances. If you are the kind of person who likes to have some control over your destiny, it is time to tighten the reins. Be more disciplined and focused on what you are doing and why you are doing it.
While the feeling of losing control can be very demoralizing, the key is to differentiate what you can control and what you cannot. Don’t let negative thinking take over. Instead, focus your energies on what is in your control. The Chariot card can also suggest that you need to be more comfortable and relaxed and that there is no need to be always in control. Open yourself to spontaneity and to enjoying new experiences.
- Lack of creativity and passion
- Lack of sexual desire
- Danger of relapse
- Erectile problem
- Suspend trips
- Take your car to the mechanic for a tune-up to avoid accidents
- Take precautions with legs and feet
- Varicose veins
- Lack of objectivity and strength in new projects or relationships with co-workers
- Unforeseen expenses
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