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The Chariot Upright Meaning

by MoMoTarot

Don't give up, move forward and use your trained mind.


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A valiant warrior rides a chariot pulled by two sphinxes, strong in battle as evidenced by his heroic stance. The warrior wears a crown of eight awns, symbolizing domination, and a laurel crown, symbolizing victory; he is dressed in battle armor and holds a scepter in the form of a spear, symbolizing will and strength; his body is covered in several layers of armor, with protection for each part: shoulder guards, elbow guards, and breastplate. The shoulder insignia on the armor is in the shape of a stringed moon, showing the association of the chariot plate with Cancer, the sign of the moon, and showing the shape of a human face, with two different expressions on each side of the face, a crying face on the right shoulder, and a smiling face on the left shoulder. This set of yin and yang faces represents two different emotions in the heart, which the warrior must control and reconcile, and cannot be in a dilemma as a result.


As for the breastplate that this warrior wears over his shoulder on the outer chest of his tunic, it is a kind of magical breastplate called "Urim" and "Thummum" ~ Urim and Thummum ~ these two terms are from the Hebrew language, meaning "light" and "perfect". The shining breastplate that this warrior wears has a quadrilateral pattern in the center representing the earth element, symbolizing the power of will.


The lower half of the black robe has many straight stripes with many ancient symbols between them, all in white. Inheriting ancient and mystical wisdom, it becomes his knowledge of life, applied on the battlefield of life. The belt of the sword is worn around the waist, which is yellow in color to represent the ecliptic, with many squares and images for the astrological symbols, and is tilted at about 23 degrees, which also coincides with the angle of the equatorial ecliptic.


The chariot has four pillars (four representing God's Hebrew letters YHWH or the four elements of fire, water, wind, and earth) supporting a blue carport, which is adorned with a six-pointed star pattern, symbolizing the influence of celestial bodies on the warrior's success. This chariot has two large wheels on its side. The two wheels enable the chariot to run, and also represent the turning and changing nature of life, the ever-changing nature of the human world, just like the role of the Wheel of Fortune. The four pillars of the chariot, together with the two powerhouses in front of the chariot, and the one driver who represents mastery and control, are a representation of the number seven, representing the will to master action and energy.


The winged disk in front of the chariot is a representation of Isis, the goddess of Egyptian mythology who was the patroness of magic and motherhood and a goddess of compassion. The winged disk depicts the power of the spirit over emotions. It represents the ability to keep a clear mind when encountering events related to emotions. Beneath the wings is a small shield with a red design that is an Indian totem, derived from the Indian mystical symbol ~ Lingam-yoni, a symbol of the union of the male and female genitalia and the reconciliation of opposing forces, as well as duality and oneness, similar to the Chinese yin and yang, and possibly suggesting that Chariot number seven is one-third of the way through the Journey of the Fools, and has reached the stage of sexual maturity. The combination of the two symbols, the Indian yin and yang and the Egyptian eagle's winged disk, represents the combination of the power of yin and yang as a navigational tool, with wings leading this power to lift and move.


In front of the chariot are two sphinxes, also known as Sphinx, one of which is black, representing severity, and the other is white, representing compassion. The two beasts, when viewed together, symbolize the balance of yin and yang. The two sphinxes each have opposite contrasting colors, and their manes are both black and white, but the colors are still opposite to each other, and their eyes and postures are also divergent. The right hand side of the chariot is black, representing darkness and tribulation; the left hand side is white, representing light and salvation. The front is led by these two animals, representing the hesitation and choice of the way forward. The juxtaposition of black and white also represents the choice of opposing concepts and positions, and also has the meaning of reconciling the two ends of the spectrum. It also denotes the opposing forces in his life that require him to use his willpower to control. If he does not exert his will, the two sphinxes could move in opposite directions and tear his chariot in half (the sphinxes in other tarot cards are back to back and each determines its own direction). He can go towards the water, the land, or he can go into the world of emotions and reality. If he can harness these two sphinxes, he can control his instinctive desires.


The river behind the warrior is one of the four rivers of Eden in the biblical book of Genesis, the same river as in the Empress, Emperor and, Death cards. This mountain and river could be his original home, or a place he has already conquered, yet that is where he has left off and is beginning the exploration of new territory, he has come to this current place stopping for the moment to look forward and is about to head off on a newer quest, and then behind him is a city with high walls. The warrior's back is turned to the city, suggesting that he has put material things behind him and is moving forward on a spiritual journey. The absence of reins in his hands suggests that he is not physically controlling the two sphinxes traveling in different directions, but rather that he is using his exuberant willpower to steer and control the direction of the future with the power of his spirit. It is worth noting that he stood outside the walls defending, not attacking, so this warrior was a guardian, a defender, not an aggressor. He is doing his part and trying to do the best he can. The yellow color in the background represents a bright and positive state of mind.


Card meanings deduced


The Chariot card implies a trained mind, this man is the summation of all the previous cards, and he must not give up, he must keep moving towards the World card. As with all the sevens of the Tarot, "don't give up" is the key theme. He carries the Scepter of the Fool with the mantle from the Pope behind him, the armor is from the Emperor, the Sphinx shows the duality of the Lovers, and the Egyptian symbols on his clothes indicate the process of learning in the Pope card.


The warrior's steely eyes disguise the fact that he is struggling between thought and feeling. Examined logically, life seems both simple and straightforward, though when emotions are thrown into the mix, balancing your perspective becomes both complex and challenging. The winged disk is a reminder that his mind can transcend his emotions and give life more purpose. His subject is combining his thoughts and feelings to achieve a balanced view of life.


The Chariot represents the astrological sign of Cancer, especially if accompanied by the Moon or any of the court cards of the Holy Grail. One of Cancer's subjects is learning to use reason to control or exercise feelings. Whereas in the Emperor you deny your emotions, in the Chariot you need to accept the fact that they exist and tame them with reason.


The Chariot can represent a car or traveling in a car. When this card comes up, it could mean that you need to control the forces in your life that are working against each other. The current situation may present certain conflicts and you are controlling them with reason.


This is a card that represents success due to persistence. If used to describe a person, the Chariot is suggesting that the person (usually a man), is in control of himself and the things around him. A square Chariot could also mean an important business deal, or a significant success.


As the seventh card, the Chariot suggests that success always awaits those who don't give up. You are learning that bravery is a combination of commitment and doubt. Assuming that bravery requires only commitment, then there will be no failure, but it will become less challenging, and one escalates to just regularity. But if you are just skeptical, then I'm afraid you won't want to step forward to accomplish your goals. The Chariot card describes the courage to go after despite doubts. He is like the Emperor card, but also knows the importance of your own feelings, as well as the feelings for others found in the Lovers card.


The Chariot corresponds to the astrological sign of Cancer, as well as to Ares, the Greek god of war, who, like Napoleon, who dominated Europe for a while, and Genghis Khan and Wanyan Bonyta, who opened up new frontiers and won countless battles, was not necessarily a brilliant ruler, but was certainly skilled at winning on the battlefield. From this we can see that the primary significance of the chariot license plate is victory. A warrior attaches great importance to winning and losing, and with a strong desire to win, he usually wins. He likes to win by competing with others, and always wants to be first, even if he has to work twice as hard as others. He is very ambitious and focused on competition. He is dedicated to achieving the goals he has set.


Another important significance of the chariot license plate is strong willpower. Remember when the warrior didn't have any reins in his hands? He controls the chariot entirely by willpower, and also controls the two sphinxes from going their separate ways so that the chariot disintegrates. The Warrior has unwavering faith and determination, and he has the ability to control the entire situation. The Lovers card in the Sixth is about choices, and the Chariot in the Seventh acts on his choices, overcoming the fear of the road - the fear of failure, the fear of making the wrong choice.


Self-discipline, self-demand and emotional control are also qualities that make the warrior exceptional. Only strict self-discipline will enable him to win in competition. A loose, undisciplined, and muddled life is something he will never accept. It was even more unlikely that he would indulge his emotions. He would conquer.


Chariot, as the name suggests, denotes a means of transportation and is also associated with a journey, usually (but not always) overland. The Chariot also represents movement or change, though not necessarily physical, as some sort of decision has just been made in the Lovers card, and life is bound to go through some sort of change at this time as a result of that decision.


In actual divination, the presence of the Chariot usually implies some degree of challenge, and it would be unwise to give up at this point. You should learn the spirit of the warrior and fight a good battle with a bang, and victory may well be yours. The will has to be strong, persistent and self-disciplined. Show determination and follow through, and don't forget that the chariot also represents victory. In terms of relationship divination, the Chariot usually lacks soft conversations and emotional exchanges. There is a possibility of a competitor, or you are that competitor. If the Chariot represents a person, it could be a traveler, a driver, a knight, a winner, or anyone with a warrior spirit.


Although the Chariot represents invulnerable power, there are some more negative qualities to be aware of: because of the emphasis on effectiveness and speed, it's not easy to overlook details, and it's necessary to increase caution. With the aura of success and triumph, you can't help but be youthful or condescending in your personality and emotions, and you don't explore the inner and spiritual levels enough, so remember to give full play to your strengths, the root of which comes from knowing and controlling your inner self.


Money-wise, the presence of the Chariot in the shape of financial problems suggests that financial success is within your grasp, as long as your reasoning is able to control your emotions. Success depends on being clear about your goals and never giving up, whether you reach the end of the line or the end of the line. The stop sign describes the adjustment of your pace on the long road ahead in order to maintain a balance between financial goals and emotional needs. It usually describes someone who has been successful.


Life-wise, this card square usually represents a balanced state of life. The demands of life are strong at the moment, meaning that you are tugging at straws between reality and emotion. On one side you want to suppress feelings so that things can be more efficient, but on the other side you are looking forward to the tender embrace of someone special (appearing in the Lovers card). The Chariot card calls out emotional and practical desires, while encouraging people not to give up on long-term plans. It may be necessary to put your needs on hold for a while, relying on the long-term rewards that come with consistent and tireless effort.


Meaning on gender relationships, Chariot suggests controlling your emotions should be helpful in current gender relationships. It may also describe a man who is able to control his emotions with confidence. He may be successful in business or in any situation where he needs to exert control.


The message of this card is "don't give up" because success is possible if you can harmonize conflict (opposing forces or energies) in a relationship.


Olivetti came to me for a reading about his relationship. Renee wanted a deeper commitment, which caused Olivetti fear because commitment always comes with abandonment, and in the past he had already had three experiences of having a family, only to have them leave him within six months.


As she sat in front of me, he was at war with both the desire for a deeper love relationship with Renee and the fear that she would leave her within six months. When I elaborated on certain underlying patterns he had experienced in past relationships and how he was more or less responsible for the continuation of these patterns, he had the ability to recognize that he could change them.


His reason was able to look beyond the opposing forces of fear and desire and see a solution to the problem. He understands that he can change, and the first step is to leave the past relationship behind and learn from those patterns.

Core Tip

The Chariot is a card that represents the spirit of aggressiveness, striving to explore and take risks, being competitive, having strong resources, and going out on a limb. This card encompasses tangible and intangible, internal and external victories, including competing with oneself or with others.
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Knowledge Expansion

The Chariot represents the necessity of balancing all things, especially inner thoughts and emotions. Driving without reins is exactly what is represented by emotional learning and control, which is to be guided by the power of the spirit; this is the card to manipulate all external forces and to fully utilize one's own abilities.
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Card Meaning Extension

The force shown by the Chariot is intelligent and thought out, these actions are backed and grounded, and are capable of carrying a powerful outfit that sends out an invincible impulse and drive, and is undoubtedly successful in battle and competition.
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