Key Meaning: Taking Control
The Chariot Tarot card implies you have taken control of your life and know where you are going.
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The Chariot Keywords
🥰 Upright: Triumph, confidence, daring
😒 Reversed: Delays, problems, loss of momentum
The Chariot Tarot Card Description
This description is based on the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. Historically, the Chariot is depicted as a vehicle drawn by two animals, one black and one white, signifying opposing forces. Here we see a valiant prince pulled by a black and white sphinx in his chariot. He holds no reins, suggesting that he must use willpower and focus to keep his steeds moving together and in the same direction.
When this card shows up in a reading, it means you are triumphing over problems, and the worst is behind you. Those problems could be anything to do with struggling to get a business off the ground, finding a job or passing your college degree. It could also be more personal, like healing a relationship or achieving health goals.
The Chariot represents overcoming barriers which stand in your way. You are racing now towards your goals.
Other keywords associated with this card: confidence, taking charge, pulling it all together, personal victory, new venture, feeling ready, winning attitude.
What Zodiac Sign is The Chariot?
Cancer is the star sign assigned to the Chariot Tarot card. Cancer is associated with home and family, which at first glance does not seem in the spirit of the forceful Chariot card. However, our prince travels out in the world to experience worldly success. Why? Perhaps to provide for his family, or to make loved ones proud. He is motivated, to a certain degree, by the need to impress people, or at least to prove to them who he is capable of being. This is the man who leaves his homeland a nobody, and returns as a triumphant prince.
The Moon is the planet assigned to the Chariot Tarot card. The moon changes daily, and lunar movements are known to affect events on Earth. This signifies that you should remain focused, yet responsive to sudden change.
In astrology, Cancer rules the fourth house of family and where you grew up. It rules parents, grandparents and family traditions.
The Chariot card corresponds to the element water.
Romance: What does The Chariot Tarot Card Mean when You Ask About Love?
When the Chariot turns up in a love reading, the meaning will depend on your question. For example, if you asked:
💖 Will I find love? Yes, although not soon. This card recommends progressing other areas of your life, first. Perhaps you need to focus on health, developing your career or pursing self-development.
💖 Does he or she like me? The person you asked about admires a lover who is ambitious and can demonstrate some success already. Is that you?
💖 What is the future of our relationship? This card traditionally means ‘triumph over obstacles’. If you have problems in your relationship, it can improve with work.
💖 Ultimately, the most important relationship in your life, is the one you have with yourself. This card indicates you are overcoming emotional struggles which have held you back.
CAREER: What does This Card Signify when You Ask About Work?
If your question relates to work, business, career or study and you receive the Chariot, then it can mean:
⭕You are finally making progress in work or study, because of your consistent efforts and determination.
⭕Taking a business trip, or beginning a job or project which requires travel.
⭕Push your ideas, eventually you will receive a receptive audience.
⭕Failure is not an option! Whatever the task, you can handle it.
Jobs associated with this card include: Travel, tourism, psychology, consultant, musician, inventor, writer, scientist, engineer, web designer, quality control, software and researcher.
If you are considering hiring a candidate and this card appears, it means:
If you require a candidate who is flexible and can travel or cover for other members of staff at short notice, this is the right person. This candidate is ambitious, so they will look for more responsibilities quite quickly.
MONEY: What is the Meaning of The Chariot Tarot Card in a Money Reading?
If you asked the Tarot about money and finances, and you receive the Chariot, it can mean:
💲 You can’t rush things. Your money will come, as long as you stay focused and keep pushing ahead.
💲 If you want to buy a property, keep pursuing your goal. However unlikely it may seem right now, you do end up buying.
💲 You buy a new car.
Tarot Card Combination Meanings
“The Chariot combined with Strength” – Life has made you stronger
“Combined with Justice” – Triumph over an injustice
“The Chariot combined with Ace of Cups” – Finally falling pregnant
HEALTH: What does The Chariot Mean when You Ask About Health?
In a health reading, this card can mean you are making consistent efforts to improve your health or increase your fitness level. The Chariot is associated with walking, running, and strength building.
Health conditions associated with this card include: physical disability, broken leg, hands, arm or finger; arthritis. It rules: mobility, joints, hips, feet, thighs and legs.
YES/NO: Does The Chariot Tarot Card Mean Yes or No in a Reading?
❓ When you ask a Yes or No question and this Tarot card turns up, then the answer is Yes. In some instances this card only means Yes, as long as you don’t give up.
TIMING: Does The Chariot Predict any Particular Timeframe?
🕔 This card is only a timing indication when you specifically asked a timeframe question. For example, if you want to know if something will happen, and when, then you need to draw two separate cards. These are in fact, two separate questions. This is a fundamental principle to understand if you want an accurate tarot reading – and it is core to my teaching in my book Tarot in 5 Minutes.
🕔 The Chariot card represents June 22 to July 23. If the card is reversed, timing will be longer – perhaps up to a year later, same date.
Karina’s Timing Method:
I am using a traditional major arcana timing method here, based on the zodiac sign assigned to each card.
What is the Meaning of The Chariot Tarot Card Reversed?
When the Chariot is upside down then our prince is tossed from the chariot. This can mean:
✔️You have lost sight of your goal, or have become distracted. Time to refocus.
✔️Plans change, travel delays, be prepared for problems.
✔️ Tension in a relationship, a difference of opinion, goals or values. It can be difficult to see a way forward.
✔️Running into a dead-end. You may need to turn around and start again.
✔️Other keywords associated a reversal include: drunk driving, defensiveness, disorganization.
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