The Chariot: general, standing and reversed meaning

The Chariot, general description

The Chariot is the 8th card of the Major Arcana. It is part of Fatecaster’s Tarot card list that summarizes the Rider Waite Tarot cards’ meaning.

The Chariot means a huge improvement. It shows that we get rid of our usual environment and start our own way. The motivation for this is the desire for freedom, the search for the lost paradise or simply just the ambition to succeed. The Chariot is the only Tarot card that depicts this journey hopeful and joyful. In every other situation saying goodbye is demanding and fearsome.

Here, however, this is a jaunty improvement that lacks despondency. It’s about entrepreneuring and taking risks. The card shows great skills with handling the chariot but it also reflects our inexperience in the world of the unknown. That means we also have to interpret it as a warning not to overrate our powers and not to be too euphoric. We have to acknowledge in time that we still have a lot to learn.


The Chariot, standing

Victory with power. Improvement by brave actions. Effectiveness by attention. Succeeding in a challenging situation by balancing opposite powers. Attention, personal effort and persistence that have their fruitful result.


The Chariot, reversed

Inefficient use of power. Power rounded on the weak or the true. Meaningless violence and wartime incitement. Lack of discipline the incitement of a situation on purpose that otherwise have already lost its lead. Improvement that ignores the consequences for others.