Visually, it is hard to look at this card without picturing a hero riding at top speed through the desert or over stone streets. This card represents speed, travel, triumph, courage, control, and messages.
You are the driver. You are moving forward. You control the direction the horse travels. You can speed it up or slow it down. You are the conquering hero or heroine. You might be traveling well-worn streets, or creating a new path.
This card is about you. You, like the Chariot, can interact effectively with others, but you are the catalyst. You drive the chariot. You are also protected. If you fall, you simply get up and take the reigns again. This is not a card for the faint-hearted.
What you are about to undertake might include some travel. It might be temporary or permanent, but it is an important aspect of the situation. Your success depends on it.
Take control. Take a risk. Get back out there and grab the success that is yours for the taking.
In a spread, the Chariot can interact with many cards. The effect is usually to quicken or create some sort of movement.
Fool: With the Fool, it suggests travel and some sort of important news.
Hierophant: When the Chariot comes before the Hierophant, it indicates success in a creative field.
Lovers: If the Chariot comes before the Lovers, it suggests a sudden departure that will end a romance or venture. If the Chariot comes after the Lovers, there is likely to be some sort of betrayal.
Wheel: When the Chariot is next to the Wheel, it indicates a triumph.
Strength: If the Chariot comes before Strength, it indicates great strength in future trials. If the Chariot comes after Strength, it will take considerable effort to succeed.
Tower: If the Chariot comes before the Tower, a sustained effort will eventually lead to success.
Moon: If the Chariot comes before the Moon, a secret is likely to be revealed. When the Chariot comes after the Moon, it suggests there might be some sort of scandal or illness — this is lessened, if the Moon is inverted.
Judgement: If the Chariot comes after Judgement, there will be fame and triumph.
World: If the Chariot is in the same spread as the World, in any position, it suggests long-distance travel. If the Chariot comes before the World, your ambitions will be fulfilled.
Eight of Cups: If the Chariot appears with the Eight of Cups in any position, it emphasizes a need to leave a situation.
Ten of Pentacles: If the Chariot appears with the Ten of Pentacles in any position, it suggests independence taken to an unhealthy or anti-social extreme.
Six of Swords: If the Chariot appears with the Six of Swords in any position, it suggests a need for quick action.
The Major Arcana
The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.
Number — 7
Seven is a number of mastery, reflection, and assessment.