The Chariot is the card of conquest and triumph. He represents the ability to control one’s energy rather than be ruled by it. The depiction of the two horses he drives represents this energy. Symbolically, this relates to the chariots ability to harness his animal instincts. His self-control enables him to let the reins go. He is free to carve his own path.

The correlating number is seven. Sevens represent progress, clarity and self-sufficient behavior. It is the number of spiritual reflection, and it often includes periods of contemplation and introspection. With this inner self-awareness, the chariot can focus his energy. He represents our goal-oriented motivations.

In a tarot reading, the Chariot depicts your ambitions and intentions. From a developmental perspective, the Chariot represents the formation of the personality. After the individuation of the Lovers, The Chariot soon finds himself exploring who he truly is. His goal is to develop his persona within the context of society. In essence, he has the opportunity to choose an identity that fits. The armor of the Chariot represents the outward expression of his personality. It is the mask of his persona firmly acknowledged by his ego, and yet, the Chariot remains firmly aware that his persona is not his true identity. He is the young man defining himself in his new world. This new knowledge enables the Chariot to understand the rules that society places upon him. He has developed ability to manipulate these rules to get what he wants.

One of the negative aspects of the Chariot tarot card meanings is the idea that one that has over identified with his persona. It is the individual that does not understand that the mask is projected for convenience. His mask has been blurred with who he truly is. Ultimately, this inhibits spiritual growth. This is a painful experience as there is a disconnection between the heart and mind. When the Chariot comes up reversed in your free tarot reading, he may represent the type of person that uses their power to overshadow those who go up against him. He tends to think of himself as an optimist, but in fact, he may feel threatened by those who question him. His solution is to be tyrannical.

Upright Chariot Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

When the Chariot appears upright in your tarot spread, it indicates that you have all the tools necessary to triumph over any obstacles that stand in your way. The successes you achieve are based on your ability to harness your instinctive drives. The more effort you put out, the more successful you will become. Self-discipline is necessary. This is a time to remain focused and stay devoted to managing your conflicting thoughts and feelings. You may be feeling frustrated at the speed of events you’re focusing on. Patience is required. Know that if you wait, things will materialize in your favor. If you lack clarity, progress may be slowed. It is best to concentrate on what you want. Your intentions will set things in motion. In a tarot reading, the chariot also represents travel of some kind.

  • Balance
  • Will Power
  • Courage
  • Ambition
  • Self-control
  • Victory
  • Manifestation

Reversed Chariot Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

In a reversed position, the Chariot suggests that you are unable to harness your emotions, intentions and/or instincts. You may feel out of control. Your forceful nature may be overbearing to others. Your ruthlessness is just as harmful to your self as it is to others. You have lost sight of your goals. Your lack of focus has caused you to feel anxious and frazzled. You may feel torn between two directions. Your conflicting feelings are causing you to lose energy and feel pressure. In a tarot reading, the Chariot reversed literally can mean that there might be problems with travel.

  • Recklessness
  • Imbalance
  • Feeling out of control
  • Utilizing too much force
  • Inner conflict