The seventh card in the Major Arcana is the Chariot, appearing right after the Lovers and just before the Strength card.
The Chariot is a card of victory, control, and confidence. It is the card of the winner, who is not afraid to go for what they want and take steps to achieve it.
It represents all victories that are possible through self-mastery. As such, this card has much to do with the individual and their determination to achieve.
Ultimately, it represents the good side of the ego. Where the ego falters is when it falls into excessive pride and arrogance. It is self-assured and strong when it operates at its best. A strong, healthy ego, while it can be annoying to some people, is essential in many ways. It is the person with the strong, healthy ego we turn to in hard times. They are the ones that lead us through the darkness and motivate us to keep going, no matter how hard the challenges are.
This is the energy of the Chariot. It is the energy of beating all competition to be number one, and under the right circumstances, this is glorious and profound energy.
What Does the Chariot Card Mean?
The following meanings can be applied to the Chariot:
- Reaching your goals
- Beating the competition
- Saying no to temptation
- Having faith in yourself
- Having self-control
- Mastering yourself
- Controlling your emotions
- Showing your authority
- Taking charge and leading the way
What Does the Chariot Card Mean in Love & Relationships?
If the Chariot shows up for how someone feels about you, no matter their feelings for you, it means they are determined to stick to those feelings.
Look to surrounding cards to see whether these feelings are interesting to you. Cards such as the 2 of Cups, Ace of Cups, or 10 of Pentacles are classic signs they are interested in you and determined to go for it.
How someone sees you indicates that they see you as a strong-willed, determined person who can succeed at anything you put your mind to. If the Chariot shows up for what they want to happen in the relationship, it indicates they are determined to move forward with you. They have the drive and determination to make this work.
In a relationship reading, the Chariot signifies someone ready to move forward with you or away from you. But whichever it is, action is guaranteed.
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What Does the Chariot Mean in a Career Reading?
In a career reading, the Chariot indicates success. This is an excellent card to pull for a career reading.
If it turns up as the outcome of a career reading, it is a big YES. This card indicates victory and accomplishment, so if you have been struggling with doubt, you can take comfort from the Chariot card.
The Chariot in a career reading indicates that there may be competition, but you have the drive and determination to come out on top as long as you put your mind to it.
What About the Chariot as an Obstacle?
As an obstacle card, the Chariot can indicate that you may be up against the very stiff competition and possibly someone ruthless in their methods.
The Chariot advises caution in this instance. It can also indicate that you need to adopt more Chariot-like qualities for the situation you are reading about. It is a sign of being more warrior-like, more determined, more focused, and more self-belief.
What About the Chariot in Reverse?
As a reversed card, the Chariot’s energies turn upside down. Here we experience a lack of self-confidence, a lack of self-belief, and an absence of willpower.
Conversely, a reversed Chariot can indicate the other extreme. A healthy ego becomes a monstrous one. Rather than self-confidence and self-assurance, we see extreme arrogance and excessive pride. We have someone who believes they are better than others and will stop at nothing to get what they want, no matter who they hurt or who stands in their way.
The Chariot reversed can be a dangerous situation or person because it indicates someone/something that will mercilessly bulldoze others to get what they want.
Affirmations for the Chariot Tarot Card
As a card representing a healthy ego, inner strength, and just the right amount of confidence, the Chariot is one of those cards that can be brilliant in helping to build up healthy self-esteem and self-belief so that we can achieve our goals and feel happy within ourselves.
The feeling of glowing success is something we all strive for on some level. The following affirmations, repeated to yourself morning and night, can help you harness the energy of the Chariot.
- I believe in myself
- I am confident in my abilities
- I trust myself, and I will reach my goals
- I will stay true to my convictions
- I will behave with integrity and honesty
- I know I will succeed
Embrace the Chariot Tarot Card
The Chariot is about strength, willpower, and the determination to succeed. There is something that we all want to achieve, and it is the energy of the Chariot that helps us get there.
Through our self-belief, we can move mountains. Let the Chariot guide you to the top of your mountain and remind you that you can accomplish anything you want.
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