The Meaning of The Chariot [Card 7]


The Meaning of The Chariot Tarot

At a Glance

The Chariot Card #7 represents a period of youthful courage and an adventurous spirit guided by the unknown and protected by the cosmos.

If You Drew This Card…

Tarot cards offer a range of meanings to draw insight from. Both negative and positive aspects of each card can resonate with various aspects of your life.

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  • Are you ready to embark on a journey? What will you leave behind, and where are you headed?
  • What vehicle will you ride into the unknown? What are the potential risks and hazards involved, and how will you remain in control--what safety measures or checks and balances have you arranged?
  • What essential questions will you take with you on your journey? What riddles or wishes do you want to investigate on this trip? What parts of you do you want to grow and mature?

Reversed

  • Sometimes, running away from home, you might realize you are trying to run away from some aspect of yourself or a reality you need to face. Are you?
  • Getting carried away with the power of your vehicle, you might wreak havoc on others or on the natural environment. What powers do you have and how can you take care to not be selfish with them?
  • Know when it is time to descend from your chariot and feed the horses that draw you forward; know when it is time to take off your crown and join in for some local revelry. What time is it now?

Interpreting the Symbols

  • Sphinxes : A riddle or question guiding your journey through life at a certain time.
  • Chariot : What protects you on your journey; mobility and armor in one.
  • Stars : A youthful awe of time and space, of stars and planetary motion. The mystery of the cosmos guides you.
  • Rod : The ability to manifest needs magically; resourcefulness.
  • Young Man : The Self ready to take explore the unknown and reveal latent aspects in order to mature.

Charmaine’s Take

Standing up in his chariot, the long-haired prince proceeds through the village, pulled by light and dark horses. He holds a staff and wears a skirt decorated with ancient hieroglyphs. On his head is a gold crown with an 8-pointed star: the sun. Teal fabric hung from the chariot frame is patterned with more stars. Teal wings decorate the chariot’s front. The prince is young but also stern looking; he is ready for adventure but is also new to it. On his shoulders are two moons facing upward; he is guided into the unknown by the majestic nighttime, but his journey is sanctioned by the sun.

Another prominent feature on this card are the big yellow wheels which rise over the horse’s heads. Looking behind the chariot, we see that these wheels have pulled it through all manners of terrain: a town, a forest, and a river. Where does the chariot’s strength come from? It is the balance between night and day, dark and light, compelling the prince forward.

Often, at a certain age, it is time for the prince to leave behind what is familiar, to leave his home town, or kingdom, and to have new encounters which will make him wise. The chariot is an external symbol of the majesty within the prince, protecting and encouraging him as he comes to define himself in relation to new experiences. Although he is heavily decorated with the iconography of the cosmos, he is not yet in full control of these forces: sun and moon, light and dark. Rather, the cosmos protects him; it is his womb.

In Greek mythology, there is a story where the Sun-god’s son gets ahold of the sun chariot and then loses control, endangering himself and setting earth ablaze. The Chariot may appear self-driving, but the prince must remain vigilant if he wants to survive his journey.

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