card meanings & reading







The Chariot

The Chariot

The Meaning of the Chariot
Major Arcana Tarot Card in Readings

The Tarot Chariot card meaning in a nutshell:
- but beware of its consequences
at length.

Conqueror - success in spite of resistance.

       The Tarot Chariot card is about triumph in worldly matters. Like Caesar returning from a successful campaign, riding a chariot when receiving the cheers of the Romans. A moment of greatness, but also a risk of megalomania. Success can destroy character quicker than adversity builds it.

       The Roman emperors used to have a slave with them on the triumphal chariot, whispering repeatedly in their ear: "Remember that you're only human." It was to help them stay grounded through all the praise.

       Julius Caesar ended that tradition. It didn't do him any good. Below is a painting of Julius Caesar on his chariot, made by Andrea Mantegna in 1492.

Julius Caesar on his chariot, by Andrea Mantegna 1492
A triumphant and grim faced Julius Caesar on his chariot. Painting by Andrea Mantegna in 1492.

       Triumph is indeed cause for concern. There are two main risks with it: one's own state of mind and the easily reversed feelings of the people. When you are adored, you quickly lose perspective and see yourself as larger than life in any mirror. People who loved you in your moment of triumph will love to despise you as soon as they see you fail.

       So, at the moment of success - beware!

       If the Tarot Chariot card relates to a person, it's someone who grants success with whatever is at hand - also yours, even if your accomplishment might not have been decisive. If the Tarot Chariot card relates to an event, it indicates a most fortunate outcome, but you have to consider what the long-term consequences might be, envy from others definitely being one of them.

       The trick to accomplish lasting success is to be modest about it, and that's not always easy.

A. E. Waite about the Tarot Chariot Card

Click the header to read what A. E. Waite had to say about the Major Arcana Chariot Tarot card symbolism and meaning in divination.

The Major Arcana Tarot Cards

  1. The Magician

  2. The High Priestess

  3. The Empress

  4. The Emperor

  5. The Hierophant

  6. The Lovers

  7. The Chariot

  8. Strength

  9. The Hermit

  10. Wheel of Fortune

  11. Justice

  12. The Hanged Man

  13. Death

  14. Temperance

  15. The Devil

  16. The Tower

  17. The Star

  18. The Moon

  19. The Sun

  20. Judgement

  21. The World

  22. The Fool

The Book

Tarot Unfolded. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Tarot Unfolded

This book focuses on the Tarot card images and their allegorical symbols. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. The book will help you find your own intuitive way of making inspired Tarot card readings. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

More about the book here.

My Other Websites:

I Ching Online

The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.

Complete Horoscope

How predictions are done in classical astrology with the full horoscope chart. Many examples.

Creation Myths

Creation stories from around the world, and the ancient cosmology they reveal.

Other Books of Mine

Your Health in Your Horoscope. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope

What the horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.

Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

Life Energy Encyclopedia

Qi, prana, spirit, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Stefan Stenudd, Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction. Stefan Stenudd

About me

I'm a Swedish author. In addition to fiction, I've written books about the Tarot, Taoism, astrology and other metaphysical traditions. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching ancient mythology. Click the image to get to my personal website.