The Chariot (Tarot card)

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The Chariot (VII) is the seventh trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in game playing as well as in divination.


A powerful, princely figure sits in a swift chariot, pulled usually by two sphinxes or horses. There is often a black and white motif, for example one of the steeds may be black and the other white. These symbolise balance or as some say positive and negative working in tandem. The figure may be crowned or helmeted, and is winged in some representations. He or she may hold a sword or wand, or other masculine symbol. The Thoth Tarot deck has the figure controlling four different animals, representing the four elements.

It has been suggested the square on the charioteer's chest is a representation of the earth tattva.[1]

Although the sky is bright, there is a canopy of stars above the charioteer's head. This shows how "celestial influences" from above guide him to a victory.[2]


Signals decision making, focus and determination. A willingness to take the reins. Depicted by Freya the Nordic goddess in Doreen Virtues' Goddess cards and often called "Victory" or represented by the ArchAngel Chamuel. Lesson imparted is that of balance in the way in which the Querent uses this new found energy. If already at this stage , that is the card falls in the present , the Chariot calls upon the querent to tread cautiously and utilise their newly asserted power with discipline and care. Paying attention to detail and refusing the temptation to be aggressive in achieving their aims. In a way it leads nicely into the message imparted by the following card Strength.

Alternative decks[edit]

  • Other names for the card are The Centurion or Victory.
  • In the Vikings Tarot this card depicts Thor on his chariot ride across the sky.
  • In the X/1999 Tarot version made by CLAMP, The Chariot is Sorata Arisugawa.
  • In the Mythic Tarot deck, the Chariot is depicted by Ares.
  • In the Wild Wood Tarot deck, the Chariot is represented as an archer with steady eyes and an arrow nocked and ready to strike.
  • In the Osho Zen Tarot deck the Chariot is represented by the Awareness major arcana card.


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  2. ^ Gray, Eden. "Complete Guide to the Tarot." 1970. Crown Publishers, New York, NY.

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