Empowerment, drive, ambition, mastery, will, focus, strength, progress, self-discipline, willpower, the wise use of energy, self-control, persona, social face, travel, victory, (material) success, graduation, completion.




Wisdom  -  Inner-self



conflict within, struggles and battles, but potential for victory, resolution of quarrels.

Square with a triangle across it.


(Spiritual Animal Symbology) 


The ruling Master of The Chariot is the Master Ragoczy. The Master Ragoczy overseas the growth of consciousness and manifesting the return to more harmony. He also helps to promote melodious musical sounds, in contrast to the present sounds which express humanity’s lack of harmony and peace.

The Master Ragoczy offers assistance to those who are enmeshed in rigid traditional concepts, and helps one attain a simplified attitude to the real qualities in life, including the mystique.

Within the Tree of Life of the Cabalistic Trestleboard, on Pathway 7, it connects sephira BINAH (3) keyword: understanding to GEBURAH (5) keyword: severity

The energy of The Chariot combines understanding with severity to help us achieve victory in our lives. The Chariot is persistent and never accepts defeat, and therefore, will ultimately succeed, even under the most trying of circumstances.

HERB:  Cypress
Cypress is a diuretic and a tonic. Cypress regulates the energy of the whole body and can be used to counteract moodiness and mood swings, symptoms that come and go and trouble digesting food. Cypress can also be used to regulate the menstrual cycle.

Symbolically, Cypress is used for regulating one’s energy and for stabilizing the emotions.

The Divinatory meaning of Cypress is the knowledge of inner-power and strengths, as well as the ability to regulate one’s life to manifest one’s highest potential. Cypress is also for triumph and will.

When The Chariot appears in a spread with a Court card, it implies that someone around you has no concern or consideration about your ideas or plans, and will not offer help or support. They just don’t care at this time.

The Chariot symbolizes enthusiasm, competitiveness, and triumph.

The Chariot is a card of balance and tells of bringing balance to all areas of life and knowing that when this happens there also comes the many blessings of the Universe. 

The Chariot tells of Mastery and control and brings with it great Universal protection and purity of mind, and the balancing of the Yin and Yang.

The Chariot depicts duality and tells that you can be both cowardly and courageous, weak and strong, and that you contain love and hate together in your heart. Allow yourself to explore the contradictory feelings.

The Chariot combines understanding with severity in order for us to achieve in our lives. The Chariot symbolically represents the unique necessity of positive and negative energies. The Chariot never accepts defeat, even in the most trying of circumstances.

The Chariot represents the discipline and morals of human existence, and the rules contained within the laws of this world. Throughout our journey in this lifetime we must remain aware of the flow of cosmic energies and the natural laws that govern us. Our lives are affected by our own inner-control and discipline.

The Chariot is an image of our inner struggle between the various different parts of the personality. We are made up of many feelings, thoughts and notions which may tug in different directions. Whenever we feel torn inside, perhaps wanting to do something we feel guilty about, the image of The Chariot may be conjured.

The positive sides of the self, being strong and self-controlled, balancing conflicting emotions, triumphing over obstacles, and sustaining an effort, support attaining goals thereby leading the way to transformation and self-knowledge are attributes of The Chariot card.

A message of The Chariot is that all opposites can stand side by side and the identity of each is made more distinct by virtue of its opposing characteristics. Without conflict in our lives that induces us to change and grow we may stagnate. The conflict makes us dissatisfied with our present way of living, and encourages us to find new solutions. Were we free of conflicts we might never risk the challenge of moving onwards and upwards to a higher level of life.

The ‘warrior’ figure on The Chariot symbolizes control, conquest and self-determination. The conquests that he has made are manifested or external and not within himself. He does not hold the answer to spiritual questions.

The symbol of The Chariot is a square with a triangle across it. The square depicted on the chest is the ‘Order of Purity’, and indicates a person with a pure mind. This also symbolizes a point where spirituality and matter meet in consciousness.

The grey Chariot represents wisdom and stands for the human personality.

The canopy of the Chariot indicates the celestial forces, and the shield tells of controlling wisdom. 

The red sign on the shield is Hindu, and is the sign of ‘union’ and of positive and negative forces in action.

The wings represent inspiration.

The strong shoulders tell of acting with balance, and the armour tells of protective power of creative imagination. 

The belt suggests ‘light’ and representative of the stellar forces. It also suggests bravery.

The two sphinx symbolize the ‘will’ of mankind within each of us. The two sphinxes represent the opposing forces within human nature which have to be mastered before progress can be made. The white sphinx represents ‘mercy’ and the black sphinx is ‘severity’.

The wreath around the heard symbolizes achievement and success.

The Chariot may represent someone who is inclined towards a nomadic lifestyle, and on occasion may represent a vehicle or mode of transportation.

In its connection with Cancer, The Chariot depicts one who has an excellent memory, seldom forgetting anything. It tells of someone who is very sensitive to the feelings of others, and who is a nurturer. Being ruled by Cancer, The Chariot tells of the need to balance the emotions on all levels.

With it’s relationship with Sagittarius, The Chariot tells of one who has the power to seek out and know the truth. The influence of Sagittarius tells of someone who sways from side to side, but who can also be very bold.

The Chariot card is number 7, and sevens in a reading indicates a time of solitude and of questioning oneself. The Chariot’s association with the number 7  brings in the qualities of silence and independence, and a sense of being a non-conformist. The 7 brings a great deal of spiritual depth to The Chariot. 7 is called the ‘Sacred spiritual number’  -  the number of the mystic.

The key to The Chariot card is to take control of a situation while remembering the important of compromise. Once the cause of the problem is identified, all aspects of life will begin to progress and improve.

When The Chariot appears in a reading it tells of an award, reward and/or recognition due to you.

The Chariot asks you to remove all obstacles before proceeding on your current path. Harness your energy and apply it wisely to ensure that things will go the way you intend. It is important that your efforts are continued to enable you to succeed. The Chariot indicates that eventual triumph will overcome obstacles and adversity by seeing what needs to be done and making sure that it is carried out.

When The Chariot appears in a reading it tells of a good feeling about having control of your life and believing you are on your correct path.

In the context of a reading, The Chariot may be telling of a happy trip or short holiday ahead for you.

When The Chariot appears it indicates that there is a focus on identifying problems by asking oneself searching questions, while needing the importance of learning lessons from previous mistakes.

Within a reading, The Chariot represents the calm before the storm. It is a powerful card that promotes immediate action and tells you to be alert and try to remain in control in order to succeed.

If you are thinking of moving residence, now would be an excellent time to make plans and preparations.

The Chariot in a reading may be telling of victories in many areas of your life goals, including work and career attainment as well as personal relationships.

When the Chariot tarot card appears in a spread it indicates that success and victory will be achieved by employing all the powers at your disposal  -  physical, spiritual, and intellectual.

The Chariot tells of a beneficial time to learn and succeed in self-mastery and self-control, and implies that with enough strength of purpose, ambitions can be realized and obstacles overcome.


Conflict, misdirection, litigation, dispute, defeat, quarreling and failure.

A dictatorial approach, recklessness and extreme ambition can be qualities of reversed Chariot tarot card.

Appearing reversed in a reading, The Chariot may be implying that you may find that this time that it is easy to become involved in arguments over petty matters. One such argument could lead to litigation, which could/would result in defeat.

When The Chariot appears reversed in a spread it may be indicating the mis-use of power, energies and talents. It also implies negative vibrations, dis-satisfaction, unfairness and pressure.

The Chariot, reversed warns you that wastefulness and over-indulgence will greatly set you back. Keep a check on this for your own benefit.

The Chariot appearing in a reading reversed may warning of setbacks and delays in travel arrangements, therefore, have an alternate plan or option as back-up.

The reversed Chariot may be telling of a loss of self-control, making small difficulties into real problems, so watch that temper.

The Chariot when reversed may be telling of feeling defeated in achieving your goals, both large and small, due to the apparent lack of forward movement or acknowledgement. 
The Chariot reversed may be indicating a sudden collapse of plans. It may also be telling of a failure to face reality.

The Chariot reversed asks you to be aware that wastefulness and indulgence can be your downfall. The Chariot may be telling you that things are out of control in your life and self-discipline is required.

The Chariot reverse tells that holding onto old beliefs that are now outmoded or inappropriate will inhibit you. This habit causes you to lose out or be passed over in many areas of your life.

Reversed in a reading, The Chariot may suggest a possible loss, so be security conscious. Pre-warned is pre-prepared.

The reversed Chariot may also represent conflict and a struggle from which a stronger personality emerges.

The Chariot reversed may be indicative of the application of unnecessary force. Too much energy has been channelled through an over-bearing attitude.

Chariot, reversed, cautions against making impulsive decisions. It warns you not to make changes for changes sake. 

The Chariot reversed in a reading is a warning against losing control and letting one of the two sphinxes gain dominance, thus pulling the rider off course. In order to regain control, one has to be rational and access the situation, and attempt to balance conflicting impulses.

As The Chariot may also be considered a vehicle or mode of transportation, when it appears reversed in a reading, it may be warning of car accidents or mishaps to do with travel.

Health-wise, The Chariot reversed may indicate the onset of an illness.

Joanne Walmsley
Sacred Scribes


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