Upright: Control, will power, victory, assertion, determination
Reversed: Lack of control and direction, aggression

The Chariot is associated with the astrological sign of Cancer. He sits within a canopy of six-pointed stars, representing the celestial influences at work in this Tarot card. The crescent moons on the man’s shoulders are outward facing to refer to the formative world. The symbols on his tunic are alchemical symbols, representing the spiritual transformation of man. The square signifies earth, a sign of strength of will. The laurel and star crown indicate the highest attainment of man in spiritual evolution.
The wings on the Chariot represent inspiration and the Hindu sign of the union of positive and negative. The black and white sphinxes have the same meaning. The Charioteer holds no reins, just the wand from the Magician card. He controls through strength of will in the same way the Magician does. The city is behind him, indicating he has turned his back on civilisation and materialism in order to seek spiritual matters.

The Chariot represents conquest, victory and overcoming opposition through your confidence and control. Any success will be a result of applying these factors to the situation. You will need to use the strength of your willpower to overcome any obstacles or challenges in your way. You may even find that by leveraging any opposing forces surrounding you at this time you can use them to your advantage. You must be determined, self-disciplined, and hard working. If you are, you will triumph over any difficulties or anyone who is trying to limit you. This struggle will ultimately make you stronger.
You will be successful at pursuing your goals, so long as you maintain focus, determination and confidence in your abilities. You need to focus completely on the task at hand, get in the race and win it. You have to dominate and beat the competition. You must cultivate the ability to withstand the rigours of what is required. In fact, striving towards your goal can be as satisfying as attaining it. This is a time to be strong and in control. You must also draw upon your willpower and self-discipline.
You may be wondering if you should pursue a plan or continue a project but you will be driven to do so, and your perplexing dilemma will be resolved for the time being.
The Chariot requires you to assert yourself and be bold. You may need to look after yourself at this time and be confident in expressing your needs and wants, otherwise you will not get your way. You need to have faith in yourself and know fundamentally who you are and what you stand for (thus building off the personal belief systems and values established through the Lovers card).
Sometimes, the Chariot asks you to come to terms with your own aggressive impulses. Aggression is part of human nature, part of your innate survival mechanism. Aggression cannot be simply suppressed; to do so will only turn it inward on yourself, leaving it to manifest itself in the form of physical illness. Aggression can be very destructive but it is also a powerful energy that can be channelled creatively. This is a time when you need to be the master of your emotions and curb any impulses or anger. You need to show who is the boss and achieve control of the situation but this will also require you to be in control of yourself.
The Chariot can also represent a lot of driving and even a road trip. You may even be considering buying an RV and heading off across the country!

Reversed, the Chariot suggests that you are feeling as if you have very little control over your life. You may have lost steering power over the opposing forces and you are now at their mercy. You may feel dragged through time, in whatever direction fate takes you. If you are someone who likes to have some control over your destiny and to know where you are heading, this is the time to tighten the reins and become more disciplined and focused on what you are doing. While the feeling of loss of power can be quite demoralising, the key is to look at what you can control and what you cannot control. Do not allow yourself to be worried about what is out of your control as there is nothing you can do about it. Instead, focus your energies on what IS in your control. Examine what you can do to change the situation. At this stage, you need to be able to feel as if you have at least some direction, because currently you feel pushed and pulled around in the sea of fate.
The Chariot reversed also suggests that you are collapsing under pressure and losing your self-control. Your aggression is being channelled in the wrong direction, wildly at other people, at fate, at external circumstances. This is a complete waste of your energy and resources. Redefine your aggression as determination and willpower, stop clinging weakly to unrewarding ideas, habits, people, and objects and move forward.
You may be feeling that up until this point, you have been at the beck and call of others and have been forced to deal with other people’s issues. You may have felt a loss of personal control, as if life was just being ‘done’ to you. As a result, you have lost some of your confidence and personal power, and you may be feeling directionless. You seek greater control over your life and you are determined not to let others influence you as significantly as they have in the past. You want a mind of your own and you want to steer your life in the direction YOU wish to, not what someone else wants.
The Chariot reversed may also suggest that you need to be more comfortable with not always being in control. There are going to be moments in the future where you feel as though aspects of your life are out of your hands. Be open to spontaneity and new experiences, even if it is not aligned to your original plan. Do not be afraid to let someone else steer for a period of time and take you on new adventures. You do not always have to be in the driver’s seat!



The Chariot Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Victory, overcoming obstacles, success, ambition, determination, willpower, control, self-discipline, hard work and focus

General meaning and interpretation
The Chariot Tarot represents overcoming obstacles through determination, focus and willpower. With this Major Arcana trump card in your tarot spread you will be feeling motivated, ambitious and in control. Now is a time to go for what you really want. The Chariot is not without its challenges, there may be many obstacles in your path but if you stay focused, keep your composure and are confident in your abilities, you will be successful! It can also represent travel (usually involving driving) as The Chariot is after all a mode of transport. The Chariot can also indicate that you may be acting defensively or aggressively to hide that you are feeling emotionally vulnerable. You may feel like you are in a battle at the moment. Don’t worry, if you maintain your focus, you will be successful! The Chariot is also an indicator of success in sports or competitions. The Chariot represents finding the balance between the heart and mind. Put any worries aside and maintain your focus.

If you have been having health issues that have been wearing you down, you will feel a new burst of motivation and energy to tackle them. You may have a long road to recovery ahead but you are strong and you will overcome these challenges. The Chariot can also represent issues with the digestive system. It’s a great time to start a new exercise regime!

Love & Relationships
In a Love Tarot reading, The Chariot suggests that you need to conquer your emotions in order to have a successful relationship. If you and your partner have been going through a rough patch, you will need to come together, communicate and work hard. The challenges you face are not insurmountable. They just require some hard work and focus to resolve them. If you or your partner anxiety issues, it is crucial to get these under control as The Chariot Tarot also represents the need to balance the mind and heart to be successful. If your partner uses logic as emotional armour, you may need to get around their defences in order for your relationship to work. If you are single, The Chariot is an indication that your past relationships have let you battle weary. The Chariot signifies that you can overcome the pain of your past and move forward in your love life.

Money & Career
With The Chariot in a work context you should be feeling very ambitious and motivated. If you have been having any issues with work colleagues that you feel may be trying to sabotage you, put your worries aside and continue to work hard and keep your self-control. Alternately, if you are job-seeking or have been feeling stuck in a rut career-wise, now is a good time to go after the job you’ve always wanted. You will beat the competition and achieve your goals! The Chariot can also represent work-related travel

In a spiritual context, The Chariot can represent the beginning of a spiritual journey. While this journey will not be without its hurdles, it is one you are more than ready for and lead you on to greater things. Maintain your focus, don’t be afraid to try new things and have new experiences. You will reap the benefits.
The Chariot Reversed Tarot Card Key Meanings:
Forcefulness, lack of direction, lack of self-control, powerlessness, aggression, coerciveness

General meaning and interpretation
The Chariot Tarot card reversed can indicate that you feel powerless and are lacking direction. You need to take control of your own destiny and not let outside forces determine your path. When The Chariot reversed you are still moving but you have let go of the reins. You need to regain your drive and determination. Don’t be a passenger in your own life, focus and take your control back! Consider what aspects of your current situation are within your control and take proactive steps to change your fate. You may be powerless, lacking in confidence and put upon by others or by the circumstances of your life. This may be leading to anger, frustration and uncontrolled aggression. If the people in your life are being too needy and demanding you need to take back you power in a productive way. Be clear about what time or resources you are prepared to dedicate to others. Set your boundaries and stick to them.

As with the upright meaning, The Chariot reversed signifies a burst of motivation and energy in a health context. Just remember to pace yourself and not to rush things. If starting a new exercise program remember: slow and steady wins the race. If you try to do too much too soon you could end up hurting yourself!

Love & Relationships
The overall message of The Chariot in a love Tarot reading is slow down! If you are a relationship and things aren’t progressing as fast as you would like you need to have patience and be confident that things will progress in their own time. Forcing things could be disastrous. Likewise, if you are feeling pressure into moving your relationship to the next level, don’t allow yourself to be coerced. Take a step back and consider what you are ready for. Be clear with your partner and set boundaries. If you are single, you may meet someone soon but the same message applies, don’t rush things. Enjoy the excitement of a new relationship and take time to get to know your new love interest without piling on the pressure. Sometimes it’s better to just go with the flow and let things evolve at their own pace

Money & Career
The ambition and motivation we see in The Chariot upright is still present in The Chariot reversed. However, when reversed it suggests that you are trying to run before you can walk! Work towards your goals one step at a time. Be careful not to be too forceful in your approach, it could be counterproductive and you could set yourself up for a fall. You need to take a step back and evaluate the obstacles in your way. Consider a slightly softer approach to achieving your goals. Financially, you need to be careful not to rush in investments or financial deals without properly considering them. Make sure you have all the information and have obtained solid financial advice before committing to anything.

In a spiritual context, The Chariot in a reversed position can indicate that you are ready for a spiritual journey and extremely enthusiastic. Just be mindful not to become so over-focused on ticking the boxes of what you expect to experience on this spiritual path that you close yourself off to the unexpected. Often in spiritual pursuits, the experiences we weren’t even aware could happen are much more rewarding than anything we initially hoped would happen.