Tarot Heaven Chariot Tarot Card Description
Chariot Universal Rider Waite

The Chariot


Lord of the Triumph of Light


Rules: Cancer

Exaltation: Jupiter

Planet: Moon

Hebrew Letter: Cheth

Color: Orange-Yellow

Musical Note: D-sharp or E-flat



The Chariot Description and Symbolism


The chariot driver looks like he is holding the reins of two sphinxes, but if we look closely we can see that his sphinxes are not harnessed. The driver uses his mind and mental capacity to control the sphinxes. This reflects mastery over a situation and your own life.


His suit of armor reflects the crab. His breast plate looks like the breast of a crab and the shields on his arms look like shells. He has two crescent moons on his shoulders with blue faces carved into them, which makes us think of the man in the moon. There are stars all around him and they make up the crown that he wears. There are stars on his caravan’s roof. The stars connect him to extraterrestrials, intuition, and psychic ability. He also wears a laurel wreath, which symbolizes victory. He is a victorious man who is in control of his sphinxes, his emotions, his battles and his world.


On the front of his chariot is a spinning top that looks to be in perfect balance. Above the red top are blue wings with a circle in the middle of them. This symbolizes balance and mastery.


He stands against a yellow background. Yellow symbolizing power and intellect. His stability and power creates mastery over the physical domain.


The two sphinxes represent the duality of the charioteer. Just like this card rules the astrological sign of cancer, this charioteer has an inner duality that they need to conquer. Like a crab, this person can go from land to water easily. They are adaptable.


The sphinxes are colored opposite colors to represent we have different senses that we need our mind to control. Just like cancer rules the Chariot and our emotions can rule our conscious choices. But we can make a conscious choice to control our emotions through planting the right seeds into our subconscious mind. This is when we have true mastery over the reins of the sphinxes.


So it's no doubt that the function of speech has been assigned to the Chariot. What you think and say have a great deal to do with how you control your own life. Once you master the proper words to use, you can have mastery over your own world. So if you say, "I am powerful," then, of course you are powerful, but if you use words such as "I am just a weak girl because of...blank (fill in all the victim roles that people play out)" then that is what you are and will become further.


The sphinxes can also be thought of as the subconscious mind and the conscious mind. The driver is you, your personality, your spirit. The actual chariot is your body that you inhabit. When you combine the chariot (the vehicle) and the man, you have the Divine One Will or superconsciousness which works above and within both the subconscious and conscious mind.


What we are really left with is the physical manifestation of Key 6, the Lovers card. Something to meditate on, eh? ;)


The Chariot Interpretation and Divination


Be aware of your emotions and rein them in. Be in control of who you are and where you are going. Don’t let your emotions over take you. Use your fears and emotions constructively. Don’t let go of the horse’s reins. Use them to steer you in the right direction. Victory will be yours through discipline and confidence.


But you have to arm yourself before battle. Take control of the horses, control the chariot, suit yourself with armor and gather your weapons. Once you have everything in order do not waiver.


The man holds reins over two sphinxes, but he doesn’t look like he is physically controlling them. Where are the actual reins?  This card is a lot about controlling a situation through your mind. Once you have control over your mind, you can have control over your emotions more easily.


The Chariot is in control and quite determined of their short-term goals.


The Chariot in Love


Not a great indicator for a new relationship. The person could be very focused on you, but not for the right reasons. A person who is indicated by the Chariot has a tendency to focus on their goals with little regard for emotions. Emotions are the root of all love.


If you are already in a relationship, it may not be going the way you want because your partner is focused on work or is traveling constantly.


The Chariot as Feelings


You may be feeling guarded, but in a good protective way. Sometimes it is natural part of life in order to focus. Typically, people want to know how a love interest feels about them. If the Chariot comes up as feelings for a love interest, you may not get anywhere with them because they are feeling guarded, protective and self assured. They know what they want and it is extremely possible that they are not interested in you. If we look closely we can see the breast plate of the Charioteer is protecting his heart. This is a key symbolism to the card. To ensure that he gets his mission completed, he does not have anytime to feel anything romantic. In fact, he is probably feeling willful, self assured and resolved.


The Chariot as Advice


The Chariot advises you to set goals and complete them. Even if you have a larger goal in mind, break down your goal into tiers or mini-goals. Don't let anything get in your way when you are focusing on completing each goal.


Completion, goals setting and focus are key reminders when the Chariot comes up in the advice spot during a tarot reading.


If you must come into conflict with yourself, another person or another idea, remember that you cannot have peace without a war. Reconcile these differences to create equilibrium.


As Advice the Chariot suggests that you listen to your own inner voice, which is the still voice of the One Universal Spirit, who guides us all. Do not stray from the path that was set out before you. Once you realize that there is only One Will, One Holy Guardian Angel guiding you, then you can begin to work in harmony with all that is around you in the matrix of this world that was designed before you came into this body.


The Chariot in Career


This is a good career card. You are focused and driven to succeed. Could indicate a career in the military, especially if combined with the Emperor. Any career where you are reconciling differences or working on your own are also good. The chariot is suppose to represent our actual bodies. Hence, we are drivers in our own tabernacle (body). Any profession where you are in control, seeking mastery, or adaptation.


Chariot Professions


Chauffeur. Driver. Warrior. Airline Pilot. Aeronautical. Extraterrestrial. Policeman. Security. Health Inspector. Equestrian. Chemist. Mathematician.


The Chariot Reversed


Often indicates that you lose control of a situation. For the very, very literal interpretation, it can indicate a car accident or misfortune with your car.


A person who is signaled by the reversed Chariot could be misguided and misdirected. They may have wishy-washy feelings and cannot make a firm commitment or decision.


Sometimes a reversed reading will indicate a person who has tunnel vision and is so focused on their goals that they don't see anything else around them.


Chariot Card Combinations


Chariot and High Priestess:

   a. Controlling your secrets

   b. Romance: She controls you by keeping you at a distance


Chariot and Hanged Man:

   a. A person who has very little control over their life.


Chariot and Death:

   a. Could indicate a soldier who dies in battle


Chariot and Tower:

   a. Could indicate a fatal car accident.


Chariot and Knight of Swords:

   a. It can indicate a soldier, warrior or someone who rushes towards



Chariot and Two of Cups:

   a. Success in business and the signing of contracts.


Chariot and Queen of Cups:

   a. A very sensitive and caring mother who is often torn between two


   b. Trying not to cry at a sad movie or other emotional event


Chariot and Five of Pentacles:

   a. Working with charity or poverty

   b. Helping to eliminate poverty


Chariot and Seven of Pentacles:

   a. Tax attorney or auditor


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