The Chariot

Are you going places? The Chariot is about forward momentum and keeping your eyes on the prize. This card is all about winning and willpower, succeeding through the sheer force of your will.


A regal young man is in a chariot, pulled by two Sphinx-like characters.  The man is dressed like a knight and he has a sword, with a crown upon his head. It’s clear he’s going places. This man is in charge of his own fate.

The Chariot: Meaning

The Chariot is a symbol of determination, against all odds. This card means you’ve got a clear destination in mind and you’re using all your willpower, self-control, and drive to get there. You are on the right path, headed to your chosen destination. Stay the course.

Chariot Tarot
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The Chariot might also literally mean travel. You may be taking a trip either for pleasure or business.


In the reversed position, you might lack direction. You’re moving forward, but you are “spinning your wheels” so to speak and not really getting anywhere, because you don’t have a plan in place.

Or you might be using unethical, underhanded means to get where you’d like to go. Arrogance and ego might be playing a role in this situation. It’s important to achieve your goals, but not at the expense of others.

Conversely, you might have a goal, but lack the motivation and the self-control to get where you’d like to be. This brings to mind the Aesop Fable about the Ant and the Grasshopper. Dreaming of a goal, won’t bring it to fruition. Action must be taken as well.


In a love tarot spread, this card usually references being torn in two different directions. This could literally mean a love triangle. You might have two options and its difficult to make a choice.

Or it could mean two different paths. For example, should I stay single? Or pursue this romantic relationship?

Whichever choice you make, you have the power in this situation. Use it wisely.


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