The Chariot Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
VII The Chariot Correspondences:
Keywords & phrases:
Triumph over obstacles, strong will with self-discipline. Journey.
Chariot Tarot Card Meanings
The Chariot is a success card but often indicates that it will be achieved through exerting a strong will, self-discipline, and focus. Triumph over obstacles, tends to indicate there may be a few en-route so it could require some effort.
If you consider the control and driving force needed to harness the energy of two animals to steer the chariot forward, it provides an indication of what’s required; if they’re pulling in different directions then the chariot won’t go anywhere. The two animals (usually shown as sphinxes or horses) are black and white, demonstrating the need to harmonise opposing forces, echoing a theme of duality and polarity often found within the symbolism of Tarot.
When The Chariot card appears in your reading it may show that you need to stay focused and not allow your energy to become scattered in different directions in order to achieve your aims. It is a card of drive, exerting a strong will but harnessed with self-discipline so it can be controlled.
Travel is often associated with this card and this is strengthened if it appears with other journey cards (as outlined below), on a more mundane or daily level it may be connected to a vehicle, travel by land, car or rail.
If reversed or badly aspected, it may bring defeat or failure of plans, spreading yourself too thin and losing focus on the task at hand, standing still, disruption to travel arrangements or vehicle problems.
Similar or supporting cards: Ace of Swords (triumph over adversity) and any of the success cards would be relevant (The World, etc) The Magician (focused thought), The Emperor (taking control)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Any cards indicating defeat or failure. Hanging Man and Two of Swords (non-movement). Four of Cups (apathy). Strength is similar, but the element of control is expressed differently, these two often appear together to reinforce the message but Strength indicates a gentler approach. (Similar yet different, in the same way we find with The Emperor and Empress.)
The Chariot Tarot Card Combinations:
Other cards that also indicate travel (Six of Swords, Eight of Wands, Knight of Wands) would reinforce this meaning through association.
Nine of Wands > The Chariot: powering through, strong determination will pay off.
> The Chariot > Ace of Swords: inner and outer resolve in order to overcome setbacks, an unstoppable force.
> Ace of Pentacles: travel or vehicle documents.
> Justice: may indicate a parking ticket or traffic offence.
Eight of Pentacles > The Chariot: learning to drive (followed by Six of Wands, passing driving test)
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