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Unpacking the Tarot – The Chariot

Unpacking the Tarot – The Chariot

The Tarot have been used for centuries to predict the future and answer our deepest questions. The traditional deck contains 78 cards — the 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards.

While the Minor Arcana can help shed light on the actions and decisions we make every day, the Major Arcana helps us understand our life’s purpose. Each card represents situations we face through our journey and the lessons we all must learn. 

Here is a closer look at our next card in the deck, the Chariot.

THE CHARIOT

The Chariot is all about success through confidence, determination and willpower. The charioteer speeds through a race course, dodging obstacles in his way. His victory depends upon his ability to stay focused, strong and adapt to the bumps and curves ahead. With power and control, the Chariot reigns triumphant. 

THE IMAGERY

The charioteer stands front and center on the Chariot card, at the helm of his vehicle. He is dressed in armor decorated with crescent moons, a square, and other symbols that represent his willpower, victory, and spiritual transformation. The charioteer holds a wand, which represents the control he has over his body and mind. The canopy of stars over his head symbolize his connection to the Divine. At the front of the chariot sit two sphinxes — one black and one white — symbolizing the duality in everything and the choices the charioteer must make. A river flows behind the chariot, representing the journey toward your dreams and goals.

THE MEANING

When the Chariot appears in a reading, it may suggest a new opportunity, travel, a move, or some other kind of significant change. Yet, be prepared to face some challenges along the way. Something wonderful may await you but the road ahead will not be easy. Just like the charioteer has to dodge obstacles on his race, you too will have to skillfully avoid some dangerous pitfalls to reach your final destination. The Chariot card reminds us to persevere. Keep moving and stay the course no matter what stands in your way.

THE REVERSE

In reverse, the Chariot card may indicate a defeat or a lack of direction. You may feel out of control or uncertain. Don’t give into failure. Use this as a reminder to reassess what you truly want in life and re-align your focus.