The Chariot (Cancer) is a powerful Tarot card that symbolises triumph, determination, and self-control. Here are some common positive and negative meanings for the Chariot:
Positive Tarot Card Meanings for The Chariot
- Victory: The Chariot represents triumph and success. It signifies your ability to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.
- Self-Confidence: This card reflects a strong sense of self-assurance and confidence. It encourages you to trust in your abilities and take charge of your life.
- Willpower: The Chariot represents the strength of your willpower and determination. It suggests that you have the focus and discipline needed to navigate through challenges and reach your desired destination.
- Control: This card signifies mastery and control over both your external circumstances and your inner emotions. It advises you to harness your energy and emotions in order to maintain balance and move forward with purpose.
- Direction: The Chariot guides you towards making decisive choices and taking action. It encourages you to set clear intentions and follow a specific path towards your desired outcomes.
Negative Tarot Card Meanings for The Chariot
- Conflict: The Chariot can symbolise conflict or opposition. It warns you to be mindful of power struggles or conflicts that may arise.
- Anger Issues: This card may indicate anger management issues and especially a tendency to become passive-aggressive. It advises you to address and manage any unresolved anger or frustration.
- Lack of Control: The Chariot in a negative context suggests a lack of control over your circumstances or emotions. It reminds you to stay focused and disciplined in order to regain control.
- Difficulty in Letting Go: The Chariot may indicate difficulty in letting go of the past or emotional attachments. It advises you to work on releasing emotional baggage and embracing change. This is the type of hard control you sometimes get when the ego is unwilling to hand over the reins to the Higher Self. For soft control, see Strength.
Remember, Tarot card meanings can vary depending on the context and surrounding cards in a reading.
Getting a Feel for the Energy of The Chariot Card
Together with The Tower, The Chariot corresponds to the Solar Plexus Chakra. It’s a card of personal power through the ability to control two opposing forces, something we (hopefully) learn to master between the ages of 14-21 according to the Vedic tradition.
Anger management issues could be indicated both with The Chariot and its numerological ‘twin,’ The Tower. The Chariot is more passive-aggressive than the overtly aggressive Tower card.
Positive personal development on the level of The Chariot indicates a healthy sense of self and the ability to keep one’s cool when under pressure.
There is a connection to early childhood issues as well as karmic lessons with this card due to the correspondence with the Zodiac sign Cancer. Internal conflict could be indicated because of nebulous emotions connected to the distant past surfacing from the unconscious realms. Opening up to intuitively receive information about this is part of the healing message of The Chariot.
Regression therapy, hypnotherapy and dreamwork are good medicine when this card shows up reversed or ill-dignified. Moonstone can be used to facilitate the emergence of subconscious intel that will speed the healing work along.
Sea salt has protective properties and serves to draw out the dirt hiding in the murky waters of the subconscious. Magickally, it can be used to protect the home which is ruled by Cancer.
Angelic corrrespondence: Archangel Metatron
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Chakra: Solar plexus chakra
Colour: Yellow, white, red
Crystal: Citrine, moonstone, ruby, pearl
Body: Chest, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, elbows, digestion, womb
Exercise: Anything that moves you forward with speed where it is necessary to stay focused in order to maintain your balance. Swimming.
Stance: Yoga Warrior pose
Magickal Tool/Ingredient: Sea salt
Associated Major Arcana Cards (through numerology): The Tower
Associated Minor Arcana Cards: All cards associated with Cancer
- 2 of Cups (Venus in Cancer). Healing through cultivating loving relationships and integrating opposites.
- 3 of Cups (Mercury in Cancer). Healing through cultivating nurturing friendships and engaging in joyful creative self-expression.
- 4 of Cups (Moon in Cancer). Healing by being emotionally honest and having realistic expectations. A release of tears may be necessary.
- Queen of Cups. Healing through self-reflection and intuitive understanding. Establishing healthy boundaries and eradicating any manipulative behaviour.
The Chariot Through The Elements
In the Element of Air, The Chariot excels through the ability to focus thought energy.
The Chariot displays magickal genius and extraordinary willpower or suffers from anger management problems in the Element of Fire.
In Water, the Chariot can become over-sensitive and easily influenced. On a more positive note, this is where the intuitive powers of the Chariot come to the fore.
In the Earth Element, the caring and compassionate traits of The Chariot shine. However, the Earth-bound Chariot personality type person can become stuck in the past and gather dust in old houses in the country together with his collection of antiques.
Remedies to increase the energy of The Chariot energy in your life:
You can make a tarot essence to increase the energy of The Chariot, using the Chariot card of your choice, along with any of the crystals above that you feel drawn to work with.
- Meditate lying down with The Chariot over your Solar Plexus Chakra to become more centred, focused and successful in all your endeavours.
- Enact holding the reins of two horses that you name after two conflicting interests/ego desires, feeling your Higher Self be in complete control.
Affirmation: “I move forward into the future of my choosing with poise and confidence.
Angelic Invocation to Archangel Metatron
Dear Archangel Metatron, thank you for guiding me as I align my thoughts, words and actions with my divine purpose in this lifetime. Help me to stay focused and disciplined so that I may fulfil my mission. Amen and so it is!
- Spending time by a campfire
- Recycling and avoiding hoarding
- Forgiveness and letting go of the past
- Clearly state what you want/need without being attached to how it is perceived
- Doing nothing for a whole day and being fine with it
The Chariot in Love and Relationships
Relationship lessons concerning personal power and control issues fall under the influence of The Chariot.
Beware of Power Dynamics
This card reflects a dynamic in the relationship where personal ambitions may take precedence over togetherness. It suggests that one partner may be absorbed in pursuing their own goals, potentially causing a sense of exclusion for the other. When this card appears in reverse or is ill-dignified, it could imply passive-aggressive behaviour or emotional manipulation within the relationship.
The Chariot symbolises the dual nature of human emotions. It serves as a reminder to keep your anger and impulses in check while working collaboratively with others. Just like the contrasting horses in the Tarot card illustration, when you align your ambitions and work together, you can overcome any obstacles that come your way.
The Chariot as your Love interest
If The Chariot card describes your lover, s/he could be a generous, outwardly successful and caring person but also extremely sensitive with a tendency to withdraw rather than share their hurt with you. They could be giving too much of themselves and feel hurt when the giving is not reciprocated. Rather than be direct about their needs, they may be emotionally manipulative in order to protect their soft inner core.
Surrounding cards will give you more clues and show you whether they are extremely generous (too generous!) or withholding completely. Their life lesson is about finding the balance between the two as well as about defining personal boundaries.
They could also have a tendency toward sentimentality and find it difficult to let go of the past. Being a hoarder is an outward expression of this type of emotional resistance to letting go. At their worst, they can be what is best described as a ‘grumpy old git.’
The Chariot and Intimacy
On an intimate level, this is one of the cards that could signify sexual withholding as an expression of passive-aggressiveness.
If The Chariot comes up as advice in a reading about your love life, it can indicate a romp in the Jacuzzi or going skinny dipping by moonlight… or perhaps even a second honeymoon to the seaside! Spending time by water cleanses the relationship of heavy emotions and allows you to bond more deeply.
On the deepest level, The Chariot is about having the courage to shed the hard outer shell of the personality self. When doing so while trusting in your ability to keep sound boundaries made of confidence and love, there is no limit to the levels of intimacy you can ascend to. At those dizzying heights, there is no need for hard control or manipulation because you have achieved the perfect balance between freedom and love.