The Meaning of the Chariot
The Tarot Chariot card meaning in a nutshell:
Major Arcana Tarot Card in Readings
- but beware of its consequences
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.
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!
The Chariot Card as a Person
If the Tarot Chariot card relates to a person, which is not that often in divination, it's someone who grants success with whatever is at hand — also yours, even if your accomplishment might not have been decisive.
The Chariot Card as an Event
If the Tarot Chariot card relates to an event, which is what it usually does in divination, it indicates a most fortunate outcome. But you have to consider what the long-term consequences might be. Envy from others is definitely one of them.
The Chariot Card as You
When the Tarot Chariot card refers to you as a person, it shows you being impressive and successful. You have the ability to get where you want to go. Remember that 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.
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