What The Chariot Card Means During A Tarot Card Reading

The Chariot Card is the Eighth card in the 22 trump cards (Major Arcana) and is associated with the number 7. It is a symbol of possible upcoming obstacles to overcome which may experience dramatic changes of growth which you will learn how to gain emotional self-control.

As shown on the image of the Rider-Waite deck, The Charioteer is young and wears a crown of pointed stars, which is a symbol of perfection. The yellow sky represents optimism while the black armour is an indication of strength. The Egyptian headdress which resembles a cobra means that he will attack any obstacles that it’s in his way. There are two stationary contrasting sphinx which are looking at a different direction. The white sphinx represents the conscious level and the black sphinx represents the unconscious (unknown).

The charioteer leaves his secure kingdom, as depicted by the stone walls and buildings with red roofs, and has crossed the river. This symbolises a new mission and he is prepared for each step along the way. The wreath on his head represents attainment, victory, success, and acquired wisdom.

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Despite his calm exterior, his emotions are actually volatile. You may have to work on checking on your emotions. He must control the internal conflict and refrain from any angry outburst or emotional display. Develop the positive side of yourself and stay motivated and not let the past affect you.

You may be having numerous goals in mind and in a tarot reading, the Chariot Card is a card of struggle, but ultimately, a good sign that you will be moving forward very soon as it is an indicator of both personal progression and possibly travelling. It can also be an indication that you will experience a new beginning or an ending.

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The Chariot brings success and victory and it is an indication that you are on the road to success. Remember to keep your eyes and mind open for opportunities, be firm, confident, stay calm, take control of the reins and take action with purpose and focus.

In a love relationship reading, this card may mean that reconciliation is taking place between couples. You may also be planning a holiday together. In another scenario, it could also mean that you or your partner may not be ready for a committed relationship. Gather the courage to repair the relationship, or end the relationship if it is not working out for you. Find your own happiness.


by Marcus C. S. Tan