The Chariot

Card image is from The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

The Chariot Tarot Card Meaning: forward movement, success, overcoming obstacles, travel

The Chariot is a card of moving onward and upward as you conquer that which stands in your way on your journey to succeed. Ironically, the figure in this card doesn’t really look like he is going anywhere! His chariot appears to be made of concrete and the two sphinxes seem as if they’re just lounging around, poised to go off in different directions.

If the two sphinxes aren’t in agreement on the direction, the chariot will go nowhere. The black and white sphinxes represent the need to integrate both light and dark sides of the self in order to move forward spiritually. Similarly, we often battle internally between what we want to do and what we think we should do.

The Chariot Tarot card meaning suggest that once we are whole, integrated and aligned with our purpose, things begin to happen! Shift occurs, movement takes place and we find ourselves hurdling down our path at mach speed!


  • You are about to move, go on a trip or get a promotion
  • You feel driven by a need to succeed
  • You have overcome challenges and are now in a time of change and transition


  • What are you directing your energy towards? Is that the direction you want to go in?
  • What do you want to do? What do you think you should do? Are they the same or wildly different?
  • What does success mean to you? How do you define it?


  • Get clear on the direction you would like your life path to go – take time to reflect, dream and ponder.
  • Make a list of your short and long term goals. Make sure they are in alignment with your highest values and purpose.
  • Do some “shadow work” to help accept and integrate the rejected parts of yourself.

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6 thoughts on “The Chariot”

  1. Hi Kate. Thanks for your guidance. I really love the way you interpret tarots. From your video, I understood that I’m in the Chariot energy right now! In fact, I feel I have to align the two sphinxes’ sides but the problem is how to do it. It isn’t easy to do the shadow work on your own. Any suggestions from you will be much appreciated. Thanks!

  2. Olivia Cheema

    Hi Kate,

    So sorry for the spelling mistake in my last response , I was obviously excited t get a reply from you! And you MADE my morning not Mad! HAHA

    Olivia Cheema

  3. Olivia Cheema

    Great thanks Kate for the reply, I think your right as long as it feel right for me or the person doing the reading it doesn’t matter how it is done.

    I have just purchased A Magical Course in Tarot from Amazon and am awaiting its arrival, I think I may try and read the cards better myself. try and get a better understanding and if I still can’t read his cards with full confidence I may ask for your assistance again.

    Thanks so much for the reply, it has mad my morning. 🙂

    Many Thanks again


  4. Olivia Cheema

    Hi! I have recently regained my interest in Tarot reading and have just found your website. Im really thankful for your hep and guidence, your website is great.

    I have just done a 3 card reading for my son who is only fourteen.

    his past card was the World

    Present card was 6 of wands

    future card was the Chariot.

    Can you help me with this reading?

    Also are you able to tell me when Im doing a reading for someone do I get them to shuffle the cards or just think of the question they want answered??

    I look forward to your reply 🙂

    Many Thanks

    Olivia Cheema

    1. Hi Olivia,
      That’s wonderful that you’re getting back into Tarot again – and your son is very lucky to have a Tarot reading mom!!!
      When I give a reading to someone, I like to shuffle the cards myself after they tell me their question, then I get them to pick their own cards. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing it differently though – like getting the person you’re reading for to shuffle. I don’t really think it matters, just as long as your doing things in a way that feels right for you.
      As for your reading – I would love to help you out and give you an interpretation. I offer Tarot Interpretations as a service on my site, so you can check it out right here: and if that’s something you’re interested in, just let me know 🙂

      Happy Tarot Reading!

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