Tarot Meaning
Tarot Meaning: The 78 Tarot cards, their meanings in divination and free online reading.
By Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
I'm a Swedish writer and astrologer. In addition to fiction, I've written books about astrology, Taoism and other Far Eastern traditions. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Here is my personal website: stenudd.com

Tarot Meaning & Online Reading

Tarot Meaning
& Online Reading

Tarot Online Reading

Major Arcana

Minor Arcana

The Celtic Cross

Tarot Card Decks

The Rider-Waite Tarot

Tarot vs. Playing Cards

What to Make of It

Tarot Copyright

Tarot Unfolded

Contact




Other Divination:

Complete Horoscope
Complete Horoscope
How predictions are done by classical astrology and the complete horoscope, with many examples.

I Ching Online
I Ching Online
The 64 hexa­grams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.


Major Arcana
Click the image to get the Tarot card reading.

The Fool Tarot Card The Magician Tarot Card The High Priestess Tarot Card The Empress Tarot Card The Emperor Tarot Card The Hierophant Tarot Card The Lovers Tarot Card The Chariot Tarot Card Strength Tarot Card The Hermit Tarot Card Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Justice Tarot Card The Hanged Man Tarot Card Death Tarot Card Temperance Tarot Card The Devil Tarot Card The Tower Tarot Card The Star Tarot Card The Moon Tarot Card The Sun Tarot Card Judgement Tarot Card The World Tarot Card


Books by Stefan Stenudd:

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.

Your Health in Your Horoscope
This book shows you what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the planets, the Zodiac signs and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.


The Chariot

The Chariot

The Meaning of the Chariot
Major Arcana Tarot Card in Readings


The Tarot Chariot card meaning in a nutshell:
Triumph
- but beware of its consequences
at length.

The Tarot Chariot card is about triumph in worldly matters. Like Caesar returning from a successful campaign, riding a chariot when receiving the cheers of the Romans. A moment of greatness, but also a risk of megalomania. Success can destroy character quicker than adversity builds it.



     The Roman emperors used to have a slave with them on the triumphal chariot, whispering repeatedly in their ear: "Remember that you're only human." It was to help them stay grounded through all the praise.

     Julius Caesar ended that tradition. It didn't do him any good. Below is a painting of Julius Caesar on his chariot, made by Andrea Mantegna in 1492.


Julius Caesar on his chariot, by Andrea Mantegna 1492


     Triumph is indeed cause for concern. There are two main risks with it: one's own state of mind and the easily reversed feelings of the people. When you are adored, you quickly lose perspective and see yourself as larger than life in any mirror. People who loved you in your moment of triumph will love to despise you as soon as they see you fail.

     So, at the moment of success - beware!

     If the Tarot Chariot card relates to a person, it's someone who grants success with whatever is at hand - also yours, even if your accomplishment might not have been decisive. If the Tarot Chariot card relates to an event, it indicates a most fortunate outcome, but you have to consider what the long-term consequences might be, envy from others definitely being one of them.

     The trick to accomplish lasting success is to be modest about it, and that's not always easy.


A. E. Waite's Texts
About the Tarot Chariot Card

7. The Chariot. This is represented in some extant codices as being drawn by two sphinxes, and the device is in consonance with the symbolism, but it must not be supposed that such was its original form; the variation was invented to support a particular historical hypothesis. In the eighteenth century white horses were yoked to the car. As regards its usual name, the lesser stands for the greater; it is really the King in his triumph, typifying, however, the victory which creates kingship as its natural consequence and not the vested royalty of the fourth card. M. Court de Gebelin said that it was Osiris Triumphing, the conquering sun in spring-time having vanquished the obstacles of winter. We know now that Osiris rising from the dead is not represented by such obvious symbolism. Other animals than horses have also been used to draw the currus triumphalis, as, for example, a lion and a leopard.


The Inner Symbolism of the Tarot Chariot Card

An erect and princely figure carrying a drawn sword and corresponding, broadly speaking, to the traditional description which I have given in the first part. On the shoulders of the victorious hero are supposed to be the Urim and Thummim. He has led captivity captive; he is conquest on all planes - in the mind, in science, in progress, in certain trials of initiation. He has thus replied to the sphinx, and it is on this account that I have accepted the variation of Eliphas Levi; two sphinxes thus draw his chariot. He is above all things triumph in the mind.

It is to be understood for this reason (a) that the question of the sphinx is concerned with a Mystery of Nature and not of the world of Grace, to which the charioteer could offer no answer; (b) that the planes of his conquest are manifest or external and not within himself; (c) that the liberation which he effects may leave himself in the bondage of the logical understanding; (d) that the tests of initiation through which he has passed in triumph are to be understood physically or rationally; and (e) that if he came to the pillars of that Temple between which the High Priestess is seated, he could not open the scroll called Tora, nor if she questioned him could he answer. He is not hereditary royalty and he is not priesthood.


Divinatory Meaning of the Tarot Chariot Card

Succour, providence also war, triumph, presumption, venge­ance, trouble. Reversed: Riot, quarrel, dispute, litigation, defeat.



The Tarot Major Arcana

  1. The Magician

  2. The High Priestess

  3. The Empress

  4. The Emperor

  5. The Hierophant

  6. The Lovers

  7. The Chariot

  8. Strength

  9. The Hermit

  10. Wheel of Fortune

  11. Justice

  12. The Hanged Man

  13. Death

  14. Temperance

  15. The Devil

  16. The Tower

  17. The Star

  18. The Moon

  19. The Sun

  20. Judgement

  21. The World

  22. The Fool

The Book

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.
Tarot Unfolded

This book by Stefan Stenudd presents an imag­inative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Also, it gives many examples of symbolic and allegorical imagery within and beyond the Tarot. This book will help you find your own intuitive way of making inspired Tarot card readings. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.