The Chariot – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive

Welcome to part 8 of my 22 part Tarot Meanings Deep Dive series – each week we explore ONE major arcana card and uncover it’s secrets, symbols and messages.

Today we’re diving into The Chariot – a positive and powerful card that’s full of energy, drive and forward motion!

Grab your Tarot journal, a pen, and a hot cup of something good….

Keywords: progress, success, forward movement, alignment, triumph, gaining momentum

Symbols: black & white sphinxes, stars, moons and astrological signs (stars align), wings & wheels (movement and travel)

Light side: being in alignment, divine timing, success at something that is important to you.

Dark side: “progress” that isn’t aligned with one’s soul or higher purpose, empty success, “progress” without meaning or substance.

1) Progress / Success

The Chariot is all about moving onward and upward, making big, bold strides forward and succeeding at whatever it is you put your attention on. Power, positivity and change are all hallmarks of this card.

The two sphinxes symbolize the motivations that drive you forward:
White sphinx = conscious ideals, goals and values
Black sphinx = subconscious desires, needs and fears

Journalling Questions:

♥ What is pulling you forward? What is your white sphinx (what you say you want)? What is your black sphinx (what you secretly long for)?

♥ What helps you succeed? (Think back to the last time you were successful at something)

2) Alignment

Things must be in alignment if you are to move forward and succeed! You can work as hard as you like and be as talented as can be, but if things aren’t in alignment (right place/right time), it will feel like you’re treading water.

Outer alignment has to do with divine timing – think astrology and the positions of the stars, the phases of the moon and the seasons. Inner alignment has to do with your soul’s intentions, your unconscious/shadow desires and your conscious goals. When it’s all lined up, it’s full steam ahead!

Journalling Questions:

♥ Think of a goal you have – what does “conscious you” want? What does “shadow you” want? How can the needs of both be met?

♥ How can you incorporate astrology or moon phases and seasons into your manifestation plans?

The Wisdom of The Chariot

“Progress” and “success” are really only progress and success if they’re in alignment with your higher ideals and goals. Otherwise, it’s just empty change or movement for the sake of it. If you’re trying to move forward in your life, consider the concept of alignment and ask yourself how you can use astrology, moon phases, seasons, and your own energy patterns to your advantage.

Let me know in the comments below…Did you enjoy this exercise? Did you learn anything new about The Chariot? Or about yourself?

Join me next week as I dive into Strength and unlock the mystery behind the maiden and the lion!

4 thoughts on “The Chariot – Tarot Meaning Deep Dive”

  1. Really really enjoyed this video. Love the sugar example. This shifted my view on the Chariot card. I recently pulled the card when exploring my protector/what was keeping me stuck on moving forward with pivoting careers. I interpreted it as a safety container – but mind blown – maybe I am out of alignment. I have been thinking a lot – maybe I don’t want to pivot as much as I think I do. This video really helps in exploring my shadow side more! Thank you!

  2. Hi Kate! thanks for another insightful video on Major Arcana cards. What I’ve found particularly helpful with this video is the idea that in order to make real and genuine progress in life, one’s conscious desires, ambitions values etc, need to be in alignment with the more hidden, shameful even and deeper parts of ourselves. Otherwise, the success we experience is empty or not real, as you put it. Thanks for the wonderful videos, they are real eye-opening lessons.

    Maria K.

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