The Chariot is among the 21 most recognizable cards in the Tarot called the Major Arcana, or Trump cards. These cards represent archetypal situations and lessons to help you in your life’s journey. It makes sense that The Chariot is a classic model of transportation and is related to your movement toward your spiritual destiny.
There are countless Tarot decks with unique interpretations according to artists and manufacturers. However, their common characteristics make them easy to identify. The Chariot features a strong male or female figure riding on an intricately designed chariot. It’s usually drawn by magnificent horses or mythical animals like sphinxes or griffins. The rider is dressed in regal armor or robes and carries an impressive sword or rod.
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As a physical instrument of movement, The Chariot is associated with the element Water. It’s ruled by the Moon (Luna) and the sign of Cancer in the Zodiac. This trump card corresponds to the Hebrew letter “chet” and represents “yes” in “yes or no” queries. Physically, it corresponds with your throat chakra. If you’ve asked specific questions that require a definitive answer, then this is a good card to pull.
Other than The Fool or Joker, there aren’t any other playing cards that correspond with the Tarot’s Major Arcana suit. Anything that The Chariot represents in the Tarot has to be divided into the regular playing card suits.
The placement of the Major Arcana cards works just like the ones of the Minor Arcana. Right-side up (upright) corresponds to all the positive aspects of the card, while upside down (reverse) represents the negative or opposite aspects. It’s similar to the yin and yang that’s seen in traditional Chinese divination.
Think movement when you see The Chariot in an upright placement in a tarot spread. This face card represents forward motion, determination, assertion, and victory. You have a driving force in whatever query you make.
The Chariot in an upright placement requires a deeper discernment in a love and relationship spread. It may signify your loyalty and determination in your current relationship. The corresponding cards in the spread can give you a better picture of how healthy or prosperous your love is at this time in your life.
If you’re looking for love, this card placement can represent your drive to find a mate. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in pursuit of it for the right reasons. The Chariot can also mean that you are moving on after a painful breakup, which shows that you’re starting to heal.
Have you recently experienced some financial setbacks? The Chariot in an upright position may be a sign that your luck will change. Now’s the time to use your willpower and assertion to conquer what stands in your way of financial success.
It also could be a positive message concerning your present career, such as a promotion. Your hard work and loyalty will be noticed as you push toward your career goals. If you’re considering a job change, this is a sign that have the strength and ability to do it.
Your health may be taking a turn for the better when you see The Chariot in an upright position for a wellness query. If you’ve had some pressing health issues, it represents your determination to fight and regain strength. It may also be a suggestion from the Universe to be more attentive to your health with better nutrition and more regular exercise.
Although The Chariot represents speed and action, it doesn’t necessarily mean immediate results. It signifies your aspirations and firm resolve to become healthier and more robust. Use your mental fortitude to go forward in realizing better health and wellbeing.
The same momentum you have in your physical life can be expressed in your spiritual being. The Chariot represents motion and a possible awakening of your psychic intuition. It can correspond to the first step in a love-changing spiritual quest.
Have you ever done a spiritual inventory of your belief system? Maybe there are some misconceptions or complete illusions ingrained in your young mind. The Chariot is your sign to move forward with purpose and discard those beliefs and traditions that aren’t true and no longer serve you.
Remember that a reverse placement isn’t always a bad omen. In the case of The Chariot, it may be telling you that your Chariot is stalled or in reverse. You may be lacking willpower or assertion in some area of your life. It all depends on your query and corresponding cards in the spread.
When The Chariot is upside down in a love/relationship query, it may be time for introspection. You may be so wrapped up in making a relationship work that other aspects of your life are affected.
Maybe your love life is unbalanced, and you need to make some changes. Depending on corresponding cards in the spread, this card in reverse can reveal your frustration in a toxic relationship. Even though the relationship isn’t good for you and maybe detrimental, you’re determined to make it work. It’s an upside-down card that may be telling you that you’re better off calling it quits.
It can also be a wake-up call if you’re looking for a relationship. Perhaps you’re trying too hard, and this is scaring away any potential partners. It’s a sign for you to be patient and let love happen naturally.
Are you frustrated and feel like you’re just spinning your wheels at work? Have you lost your nerve and inspiration? The Chariot upside-down may be telling you that you need to regain your ambition and push for higher achievements.
Maybe you’ve been procrastinating a career move or getting advanced schooling or certification. Whatever stands in your way, you have the power to move it. All it takes is hard work, determination, and clearly defined goals.
This reversed card isn’t always a negative sign when considering a new business venture. It could represent your fear and hesitancy of taking risks. Of course, you get a better picture when you read this card with corresponding cards in the spread.
The Chariot represents a fierce warrior who is first in battle. When the card is reversed, it may signify that you’ve lost your momentum. Do you feel overwhelmed trying to change bad habits for a healthier lifestyle? Maybe you feel like giving up or getting healthier is beyond your reach.
An upside placement of The Chariot reveals your lack of interest and willpower. You may be going against things you can’t control in your life. It’s a sign of being more determined with your health, changing what you can, and accepting things you can’t.
Everybody goes through periods of spiritual darkness or stagnation. If you draw The Chariot in reverse, the Universe could be raising awareness of your spiritual famine. Yet, you’re hesitant or too overwhelmed to do anything about it.
When your spiritual aspect is out of balance, it affects your entire wellbeing. This reading may be urging you to take time to rest and reflect on spiritual matters. Use the same positive attitude and strong motivation you have in other life matters to revive your heart and spirit.