What does the chariot tarot card mean?

Main image for The Chariot

The chariot is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

Card VII

The Chariot is depicted by a brave warrior riding a chariot into battle, dressed in armour decorated with the symbols of strength, will, and victory. Above the warrior’s head are six pointed stars, linking him to the celestial world. His chariot is fronted by two sphinxes who pull in different directions, representing the opposing forces of good and bad.


When you draw The Chariot in a Tarot reading, it symbolises your strength and willpower. You have created your goals and set forth your intentions, and you are now well on your way to achieving your dreams. You are a very determined and disciplined person who will work hard to achieve whatever they set their mind to. There will be challenges and tests along the way, but don’t worry; you are well equipped with the skills and tools to face and conquer those obstacles in your path. Sometimes, this card is a literal representation of a trip or journey that you will soon embark on.

Reverse Meaning

Upright, the Chariot is all go, go, go. However in reverse, this card is a sign that you are currently stuck and are unable to move forward. You may be feeling unmotivated to work on a project, or perhaps you’re desperate to work but there is something stopping you, such as not having the right resources or simply having too many other things to do. If something is stopping you, it’s time to take a look at the situation from a different angle and figure out if you can take a new approach. You may be fighting for control as you feel like somebody else isn’t doing as good a job as you could. Decide whether you can work together rather than struggling to take over.

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