The Chariot

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about The Chariot Tarot Archetype.

The Chariot Tarot Card Meaning

Part of the tarot archetypes, The Chariot is the seventh trump card in most traditional Tarot decks.

Checkout this detailed breakdown of the meaning of The Chariot tarot card.

Upright Meanings

The Chariot card is representative of the ability to overcome obstacles through sheer determination, focus and willpower. The recipient will feel ambitious, motivated and in control of their destiny, with now being the time to seize the day.

The Chariot does bring challenges, but these can be overcome with focus, composure and confidence.

It can also signify travel (often involving driving). The Chariot may mean the recipient is hiding emotional vulnerability through aggressiveness or defensiveness.

It is also indicative of sports and competition, and the balance between heart and mind.

The Chariot can indicate the start of a spiritual journey which, despite obstacles, will bring great things if the individual maintains focus and is prepared to try new things .

​The Chariot indicates the path to successful relationships is through conquering emotions, with couples who have been struggling needing to work hard and communicate better as their challenges can be beaten with work and focus.

It is important to gain control over anxiety issues in a relationship or, if a partner hides behind logic, to get around this if the relationship is to last.

For single people The Chariot indicates weariness from past relationships which needs to be overcome to move forward with one’s love life.

In a work context the recipient can feel motivated and ambitious, able to put aside issues about work colleagues trying to cause problems for them and continue working hard with self-control.

When looking for a job or if feeling stuck in a rut, now is timely to try their hand at their dream job as they are likely to succeed. The Chariot can also represent work-related travel.

Financially, the card can represent overcoming financial challenges which had seemed impossible or a good opportunity to make a big transport/travel related purchase.

​The card indicates that new energy and motivation will help tackle ongoing health problems and, despite a potentially long journey to full recovery, the recipient is strong enough to overcome any challenges.

The card can also represent digestive system problems.

Reversed Meanings

The Chariot reversed indicates feelings of powerlessness and lack of direction which mean the recipient needs to take control of their destiny rather than letting others determine it for them.

They need to regain their determination rather than allowing others to hold the reins in their life, taking proactive steps to change their own fate.

Circumstances may have led them to lack confidence and feel put upon, creating frustration, anger and aggression within them at the demands of others.

If so boundaries need to be set about what they are prepared to give others to allow power to be taken back productively.

The Chariot reversed indicated readiness and enthusiasm for a spiritual journey, but the need not to be too focused on achieving what is expected that the recipient becomes closed to the unexpected.

Unexpected spiritual experiences can often be far more rewarding.

​The Chariot reversed is a warning to slow down in a relationship, having confidence and patience to allow things to move in their own time rather than forcing them or feeling pressured to move to a level you are uncomfortable with.

If the recipient is single they may meet someone soon but the same message to not rush things applies. ​

The Chariot reversed suggests someone getting ahead of themselves in their career because of enthusiasm and ambition. Instead the recipient should not be too forceful and work towards one goal at a time.

Financially, investments should be properly considered rather than rushed.

Healthwise, the Chariot reversed signifies motivation and energy but also the need not to rush things such as new exercise programmes as this runs the risk of hurting oneself.

The Chariot Keywords

  • Victory
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Success
  • Ambition
  • Determination
  • Willpower
  • Control
  • Self-discipline
  • Hard work
  • Focus
  • Forcefulness
  • Lack of direction
  • Lack of self-control
  • Powerlessness
  • Aggression
  • Coercion
  • Being blocked by obstacles

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