7 The Chariot


The Chariot Tarot divinatory meanings

The Chariot is about control – the driver is in charge of the horses pulling the chariot. The card is about getting us to where we want to go, and in this context, it follows naturally from the choices made in the Lovers. In order to travel at speed, we are generally sitting down or immobile in a protective chamber which moves faster than we can walk or run. This chamber protects us from the elements. A static chamber is a room or house, where we feel safe and protected. When it goes wrong, there is an inability to take control of life – it leads us rather than the other way round. Travel plans go wrong. We can not go where we want to.

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Image of The Chariot Major tarot card in the Rider-Waite deck
The Chariot – Rider-Waite

An erect and princely figure carrying a drawn sword and corresponding, broadly speaking, to the traditional description which I have given in the first part. On the shoulders of the victorious hero are supposed to be the Urim and Thummim. He has led captivity captive; he is conquest on all planes – in the mind, in science, in progress, in certain trials of initiation. He has thus replied to the sphinx, and it is on this account that I have accepted the variation of Éliphas Lévi; two sphinxes thus draw his chariot. He is above all things triumph in the mind.

It is to be understood for this reason (a) that the question of the sphinx is concerned with a Mystery of Nature and not of the world of Grace, to which the charioteer could offer no answer; (b) that the planes of his conquest are manifest or external and not within himself; (c) that the liberation which he effects may leave himself in the bondage of the logical understanding; (d) that the tests of initiation through which he has passed in triumph are to be understood physically or rationally; and (e) that if he came to the pillars of that Temple between which the High Priestess is seated, he could not open the scroll called Tora, nor if she questioned him could he answer. He is not hereditary royalty and he is not priesthood.

Divinatory meanings

Succour, providence; also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble.

Reversed meanings

Riot, quarrel, dispute, litigation, defeat.

Book of Thoth

Image of 7 The Chariot Major tarot card in the Book of Thoth
7 The Chariot – Book of Thoth

The Issue of the Vulture, Two-in-One, conveyed;
this is the Chariot of Power.
TRINC: the last oracle.

Triumph, victory, hope, memory, digestion, violence in maintaining traditional ideas, the “die-hard”, ruthlessness, lust of destruction, obedience, faithfulness, authority under authority.

Liber 777 attributes of the Chariot

Golden Dawn – Child of the Power of the Waters, Lord of the Triumph of Light

Triumph, victory, health. Success though sometimes not stable and enduring.


Triumph, Victory, Overcoming Obstacles.

Reversed meanings

Overthrown, Conquered by Obstacles at the last moment.

Etteilla – Dissension

War, Dispute, Disruption, Troubles, Riots, Unrest, Battle, Fight, Combat. Arrogance, Haughtiness, Vanity, False Glory, Pomp, Ostentation, Daring, Temerity. Violence, Disorder, Anger, Injury, Abuse, Presumptuousness, Vengeance.

Reversed meanings

Unrest, Racket, Quarrel, Disagreement, Contesting, Lawsuit, Harassment, Debates.

Thierens: VII. Libra

In the Seventh house of the evolutionary cycle the relation of the Self with the Not-self or outer world is contracted and completed and the ‘organism’ arises as the systematic whole of organs, a lawful microcosm, which in every instance is a phenomenon of the Cosmic Law, first significance of Libra. This idea is very well illustrated by the picture of the Chariot, drawn by the White and the Black Sphinx and governed by the Magician incarnate. It is the Self embodied. This card consequently means marriage, contract, body and bodily existence, organisation, achievement, co-operation.

7. Le Chariot

This Key stands for the letter Cheth and the sign Cancer. In astrology, Cancer is connected with the fourth house, and so with home, and with the conclusion of a matter in a horary reading. The picture shows a victorious chieftain, resting. The sphinxes, however, in the divinatory aspect of this card, may be understood to indicate some secret relating to the Querent. In general the divinatory aspect of this card, may be understood to indicate some secret relating to the Querent.


Triumph, victory, the successful outcome of a matter. It is also a card of possessions, particularly of lands and houses, and the financial security resulting from such possessions.

Ouspensky: V

“Man.” The Imagination. Magic. Self-suggestion. Self deceit. Artificial means of attainment. Pseudo-occultism. Pseudo-theosophy.

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Chariot tarot meanings - travel and control
The Chariot is about control - the driver is in charge of the horses pulling the chariot. The Chariot is about getting us to where we want to go.

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