Thoth Chariot Tarot Card Tutorial (2021 Update) - Esoteric Meanings (2022)

This article consists of a detailed YouTube and written presentation of the Thoth Chariot Tarot Card of the Major Arcana of the Thoth Tarot, as part of a complete series on this deck. Clicking on the image below will access the YouTube Presentation:

Thoth Chariot Tarot Card Tutorial (2021 Update) - Esoteric Meanings (1)

(ii) Thoth Chariot Tarot Card

A charioteer in armor sits in a meditation posture inhis chariot drawn by the four kerubic beasts: The Bull, the Lion, the Eagle, and the Man. The starry night sky is cast in the canopy of the chariot and includes the inscription ABRACADABRA. He holds the Holy Grail in front of him.

The Chariot represents the Wheel of Life just as the soul is bound by the wheel of karma.

The Charioteer is the Spiritual Warrior just as soul identifies with stillness of spirit in meditation.

The Disk represents Holy Grail containing elixir of life which Christ used in last supper. This is symbolic for discovering mans infinite nature which is beyond both birth and death.

(iii) B.O.T.A Chariot Tarot Card

The Charioteer stands up in his Chariot wearing armour with crescent moons. The 2 sphinxes guide the Chariot although there appear to be no reins to the Charioteer.

(iv) Thoth Chariot Tarot Card & the Tree of Life

Path 18: The House of Influence

Binah is the great sea in which the beginnings of the world of ‘form and structure’ take birth. It is the highest sephiroth on the Right Pillar of the Tree of Life Tree of Life and is therefore the most exalted in this column.

Geburah is ruled by Mars and is both the source of movement of the Charioteer, and therefore the spiritual impulse, but also the destructive properties of this Sephiroth make it the ideal energy for the spiritual seeker (Charioteer) to break down his limits of perception and his attachments. He has therefore, a clearer perspective on his life, as his consciousness expands with ever greater awareness.

The Chariot is associated with the 18th Path of the Tree of Life and this is termed ‘The Intelligence of the House of Influence’. The illustrations below show the interconnectedness between the planets, sephira and the Chariot with the Priestess:

The connection between the Chariot and the (High) Priestess is iillustrated below:

The house represents the enclosed space or ‘human form’ of the spiritual seeker. It is the container of the soul.

The intelligence is that which comes down from higher levels of the Tree of Life (The Supernal Triangle, The Heavenly Jerusalem), filling consciousness of the Charioteer with the revelations from these higher realms. This is illustrated in the B.O.T.A. Card below:

(v) Thoth Chariot Hebrew & Astrological Attribution

Cancer = Cancer is a cardinal water sign,the first onrush of the element. People born under this sign can be very sensitive to their surroundings and so benefit from having a ‘suit of armour’ to protect them from the harshness of life. The Soul Lesson for Cancer is ‘Peace in Action’ (Joan Hodgson, Astrology the Sacred Science) and this refers to the peace attained in worldy actions (the Chariot being about movement) and actions in our spiritual endevours, rising above the strong waves of feelings that the Cancerian has as a personality trait.

Hebrew Cheth = ‘means’fence or field. It links in with the qualities associated with the Cancer zodiac sign described below.On the evolutionary path, Cheth represents the enclosure which is the container for the spiritual essence or the soul within the body, just as the Charioteer has a suit of armour sheathing his body.

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Applying this definition we can say that Cheth pertains to destroying any fences (barriers) that lie in the way of your progress in life spiritually or materially. We become liberated into a new perspective of who we are as we shed false precepts of ourselves.

A fence is also an enclosure, just as our personality is an outer garment for the soul. When these fences ‘identities’ are dissolved and our consciousness expands we find that with have an inceased field of view on life.

This is what is meant Biblically when Noah’s Ark rests on top of Mount Ararat. The spiritual vision is vast when we raise out of the seas of our emotions and personal attachments (Cancer), to raise above them, and yet also we still have a physical vehicle with its polarities and dualities (animals went in pairs, one male, one female) after this process of detachment. There is an image of Mount Ararat below and the perspective looking down from the top would be much greater than standing in a level field.

Thoth Chariot Symbolism

Charioteer = has no reins and so does not drive the chariot, his main function is to carry the Holy Grail.

Crab on Helmet = Cancer sign of the zodiac.

Armor = similar to protective shell of the crab described above.

10 Sapphires on Armor = 10 sephira of the Tree of Life and attributed to the world of Assiah, the most material of realms. His journey is to move through the worlds to eventually reach the divine realm of Kether in Atziluth.

Sapphires on armour = linked to Binah which gives birth to form. There is therefore a link here between Binah (birth of form) and its manifestation in Malkuth. This implies the meaning of the card relates to practical planning of things for its manifestation in our life.

Visor covers face = Crowley says that “no man may look uponhis face and live”.Spiritually this means that once we see his true identity we will die to our current perspective of the world, which will subsequently be changed forever.

Meditative posture = concentrates his will internally not externally.

Sits on Moon (not visible in card) =Rides above the tides of the emotions.

Red Chariot Wheels = Geburah ruled by Mars. The driving force to proceed on his spiritual journey.

Red Cloak =Symbolic of his passion to find his true self, and also the destructive force of this Sephiroth to break down limitations and increase his awareness of self.

White cloak = purity of purpose on his path.

4 pillars = four parts of the Tetragrammaton. Representing macrocosm and microcosm. Linking the spiritual to the physical. The charioteer connects the two by crossing the abyss.He has to lose his ego when making his way from Geburah (5th Sephiroth) to Binah (3rd Sephiroth).

4 sphinxes = They represent the Fixed signs of each element:

Lion = Leo = Fixed Fire

Eagle = Scorpio = Fixed Water

Man = Aquarius = Fixed Air

Bull = Taurus = Fixed Earth.

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They are discussed in the Bible in Ezekiels Vision:

Cardinal Signs being the first of each element to manifest implies that the charioteer has control over the direction of his world and therefore the direction in which he moves is a useful one.

Holy Grail = held in the hands of the charioteer and made of Amethyst, the stone attributed to Jupiter. The violet rim and blue outer area are also associated with Jupiter in the colour scales of the Golden Dawn. The Holy Grail was used by Christ at the last supper and contains the elixirof life. Crowley identifies it with sexual alchemy and containing both male and female fluids.

The Grail has 4 spirals for handles and this represents the fourth sephira Chesed ruled by Jupiter. This is the last sephira that one passes through before crossing the abyss going up the tree from earth to spirit on the spiritual journey:

21 yellow bricks of path (seven are hidden) = 21 is Eheieh, a Godname for Kether the ultimate goal for the spiritual aspirant and so the chariot travel the path from Tiphareth to Kether.


Written on top of the blue canopy of the Chariot:

The Old Aeon was associated with Christ and the dying figurehead and is calledThe Aeon of Osiris with the letters INRI (“Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum,” meaning “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”).The idea is that the human psyche evolves through a cycle of birth, death and resurrection:

ABRACADABRA =iswritten on top of the canopy which disguises the real name which is ABRAHADABRA.

ABRAHADABRA = isthe word of the new Aeon of Horus (see Three Aeons Article).

The Hebrew association with the Chariot, as we have seen above is Cheth and its numerical value is 418, the same as Abrahadabra.

So Cheth = Abrahadabra = 418 in Hebrew numerology.

In looking further into the significance of Abdrahadabra, it can be broken down into 5 vowels (the a’s) and 6 consonants ([2 x b], [2 x r] ,h and d ) and so represents the union of man (hexagram the six, God, pentagram the five, man). The interrelationshiprepresents the interplay between man and God as the spiritual seeker progresses on the Spiritual Path in the Chariot.

These letters relate to certain cards of the Major Arcana:

5° = 6°: (5 vowels, 6 consonants) represent attainment of Minor Adepthood in the Golden Dawn. The ranks are listed below:

The Hexagram and Pentagram combine to form the 11-ponited star. Eleven is the number of magic and also the number of letters in both


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Man is seen as the pentagram and God the Hexagram:

If we break the wordABRAHADABRA down it is related to other tarot cards and starts with nothingness in the fool which repeats throughout the word.

It then proceeds onto Br the masculine principle, HA and D the feminine principle and then returns to the masculine with BR and ends with A and the Fool.

The Fool permeates throughout and implies that ‘Nothingness or ‘Limitlessness’ of spirit is lies behind all of creation which is, in itself an illusion.

This principle of duality is related to the Tetragrammation:

As discussed in the section above, the tetragrammaton and its 4 stages were linked to the 4 pillars of the chariot and the 4 sphinxes indicating that the vehicle of the charioteer is life itself, with the cycles birth, death and reincarnation, until the spiritual seeker evolves spiritually enough to go beyond this cycle of limitation.

The Lovers to Chariot Transition

Going back to Crowley’s quote regarding looking at the charioteers face and dying, this card implies the seeker will have to overcome difficult challenges internally and externally on his journey and that these need to be resolved not suppressed. Once these are worked through life will never be the same again for them and they will be able to die to their old self as their gain higher awarenessof their true spiritual nature. Resolving the conflicts and opposites inherent in the Lovers Card.

Thoth Chariot Divinatory Meanings

May represent retracting yourself into a shell, to come out for no one until conflict is resolved internally. Sometimes you need to crawl into a hole and cry and not come back out into the public until the tears have been wiped away.
A common description of this card is an armored vehicle moving with haste in one particular direction. Blind to the left and right, it moves forward stopping for nothing.

When this card appears I interpret it as a symbol for victory, likely achieved by progressing at an unwavering speed. Dominion over wild forces (represented by the sphinxes or horses) propels the chariot forward allowing this progress to happen. If the beasts are rebellious or do not fall in line there will be conflict and disorientation.

Thoth Chariot Upright

This card represents a faith in going with the flow of the universe as the Charioteer does not control sphinxes which move the Chariot.The card is related to the watery sign of Cancer and so just as a river flows and is diverted around obstacles, you must not expect your path ahead to be without its challenges. Even the crab itself moves from side to side and yet succeeds in its desired direction.

However, this is not just a passive process and we need to show up with a inner strength and determination (meditative posture of Charioteer) to make the most of our opportunities.

It not just about acting for the sake of it but in accordance to a chosen goal. In the process we might feel out of our comfort zone and familiar surroundings (in the Rider-Waite Card the Charioteer moves away from the stability of the city behind him), however we are protected by the armour of our inner strength and confidence.

Thoth Chariot Reversed

When the Chariot is reversed it could mean that you may need to slow down and make sure that your actions are based on solid foundations and that you are not getting too far out of your confort zone too fast.

There may be a tendency to exert too much control over situations (trying to force the direction of the sphinxes) which may be hampering the natural flow of an opportunity and so you may need to ease back and loosen the reins so to speak. Perhaps we are applying too much control or pressure on someone rather than letting them express themselves naturally.

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You really need to connect with what you think and feel about a situation before acting and have some alignment with the forces that pull you in certain directions (sphinxes, emotional and mental impulses).

Thoth Chariot in the Celtic Cross Spread

1: Heart of the Situation = a certain amount of willpower and inner drive is necessary for you to move your life where you want it to be. This has now come to the surface that you must act and courageously.

2: Possible obstacle = Inability to act and focus on your goal through fear or lack of confidence

3: Unconscious Influences = that sometimes we lack the resolve and decisiveness to overcome our fears/obstacles. Lack of self-confidence.

4: Recent Past = overcoming adversities/obstacles and you are now in a better place.

5: Hopes and goals = to overcome negative patterns and conflicts to move ourselves into a better place. Have a better relationship with ourselves.

6: Short Term Future =need to become focused on your inner drive and resolve

7: Our Self Image = unresolved conflicts , can be controlled/dominated too easily.

8: Environment = controlling feeling trapped or dominated

9: Guidance & Warning = need to change our environment and become more protective of ourselves in the process of moving our life forward. Do not always let our vulnerabilities show.

10: Overall Outcome = overcoming our fears and moving onto living the life we really want to.


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What does the Chariot card represent? ›

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

What does the Chariot Tarot card mean in money? ›

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Don't get distracted by other things; focus on what you're attempting to accomplish and what you want to achieve. To avoid obsessing over the negative, focus all of your attention on a positive goal.

What is the Chariot lucky number? ›

The Chariot tarot card is related to the number seven. Seven awakes desire within us. It tells you that there is more to this life and tempts you to pursue a goal.

What is the Thoth Tarot system? ›

The Thoth Tarot is a divinatory tarot deck painted by Lady Frieda Harris according to instructions from Aleister Crowley. Crowley referred to this deck as The Book of Thoth, and also wrote a 1944 book of that title intended for use with the deck.

How do you read a chariot card? ›

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Is Chariot masculine or feminine? ›

Although driven by a man, the Chariot itself is neither masculine nor feminine but asexual, referring to the pure contact of souls that has little to do with physical touch and instincts, and much more to do with the higher purpose, shared paths, ideals and directions meant to widen our horizons and perspectives.

How do you shuffle tarot cards? ›

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What does the Moon mean in tarot? ›

The moon tarot card upright meaning

Generally, when the moon tarot card appears upright in a reading, Naude says, it is a reminder to move through change and life transitions with ease and grace rather than fear and resistance—hence why it may pop up more when you're experiencing a lot of change.

What does the Sun mean in tarot cards? ›

It is said to reflect happiness and contentment, vitality, self-confidence and success. Sometimes referred to as the best card in Tarot, it represents good things and positive outcomes to current struggles.

What does the strength tarot card mean in love? ›

Upright Strength Tarot Love Meaning

Alternatively, Strength's tarot love meaning is one of compassion, empathy and inner strength; you may find that these qualities are bound to attract the partners that you need, or bring you and your existing partner closer together than ever.

Who designed Thoth Tarot? ›

This book describes the philosophy and the use of Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot, a deck of Tarot cards designed by Crowley himself and co-designed and painted by Lady Frieda Harris. The Thoth Tarot has become one of the best-selling and most popular Tarot Decks in the world.

What is the oldest tarot deck? ›

The oldest surviving tarot cards are the 15 or so Visconti-Sforza tarot decks painted in the mid-15th century for the rulers of the Duchy of Milan.

How many cards are in Thoth deck? ›

The classic Crowley Thoth Small Tarot deck is presented in Premier Edition format for greater display impact and less pilferage. The 78 cards were painted by Lady Frieda Harris according to instructions from the occult scholar, Aleister Crowley.

How do you use tarot cards? ›

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Is strength Yes or no? ›

Therefore, the Strength tarot card in a Yes or No – Tarot reading almost always represents a yes.

What does the Empress mean in a love reading? ›

The Empress Tarot in a love Tarot reading is a very positive card to get. If you are single, get ready to mingle because The Empress indicates that real love and romance is on the way. If you are in a relationship it is an indicator of a committed relationship becoming deeper and more loving and affectionate.

What zodiac is the Chariot? ›

Cancer: The Chariot (June 21-July 22)

As the sign that is most centered around the home and the family, it might come as a surprise to learn that the tarot card associated with Cancer is The Chariot; the card of freedom.

What does the Chariot mean upside down? ›

If the Chariot appears reversed, it means that fear of making the wrong decision can rob you of feeling like your life and destiny are in your control. This card will often accompany a feeling that life is pulling you in two opposite directions. Fear of committing to a choice can lead to a sense of being stuck.

What tarot cards represent Virgo? ›

Virgo - The Hermit

This card is all about reflection, shedding light on matters, and using one's analytical mind to make proper decisions.

What can you not do with tarot cards? ›

Questions not to ask in tarot card readings
  • Questions you don't really want answered. ...
  • Questions that already have answers. ...
  • When you're going to die. ...
  • Questions about other people. ...
  • Medical-type questions. ...
  • The same question, over and over again. ...
  • Yes-or-no questions. ...
  • Future-predicting questions.
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Why do you knock on Tarot cards? ›

Place your tarot deck face down on your non-dominant hand. Make a fist with your dominant hand and knock the tarot deck once, visualising your own energy being put into the cards as you expel excess energy from their previous use.

Can I cleanse my tarot deck with incense? ›

Simply hold your deck near the smoke of herbal incense or a dried wand, allowing it to waft over and around and cleanse all of the cards. Vanderveldt's herbal preference is lavender, as it's ruled by Mercury, making it great for clear communication.

Can you do tarot on yourself? ›

Is it possible to do Tarot spreads on yourself, even if you're a beginner? Yes! It absolutely is. Tarot is a modality that helps us gain greater insight into our current situations, honor our intuition and forecast potential outcomes.

Do you have to cleanse New Tarot cards? ›

"Tarot cards are traditionally given as gifts," Tarra says. "Cleansing the cards and doing a protection ritual for them before you give them to a new owner will neutralize any weird energies they've picked along the way."

How many times should you shuffle tarot cards? ›

Apparently, the exact number of shuffles to achieve a truly random tarot deck is seven, but honestly, there is no need to adhere to that. Some people like to shuffle their tarot deck a few times, while others like to shuffle for at least a full minute as they zone in on their question.

What does the moon symbolize spiritually? ›

The phases of the moon symbolize immortality and eternity, enlightenment or the dar k side of Nature herself. It might reflect inner knowledge, or the phases of man's condition on earth, since it controls the tides, the rains, the waters, and the seasons.

What animals are associated with the moon? ›

Rabbit or hare

In Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica the rabbit is often associated with the Moon, for example, Tecciztecatl, the Aztec moon god, was pictured as an anthropomorphic rabbit. Frequently, the Maya moon goddess is represented with a rabbit in her lap. There is also a myth involving Quetzalcoatl and the Moon rabbit.

Why is the moon upside down? ›

An upside down moon is a result of the moon's orbit around the earth, and the earth's orbit around the sun. And exactly when you see the moon in the shape of a U (lit on the bottom) rather than a backward C depends on what latitude you are at.

What does Devil mean in tarot cards? ›

THE DEVIL. —Ravage, violence, vehemence, extraordinary efforts, force, fatality; that which is predestined but is not for this reason evil. Reversed: Evil fatality, weakness, pettiness, blindness.

Is the moon tarot card good? ›

The Moon in a spiritual context is a great card to get as it's all about intuition. If you are interested in psychic development or healing work, you will find everything flows really naturally for you and you are open to receiving messages from spirit with this card in your Tarot reading.

What is the Tarot Card for pregnancy? ›

Of all Tarot cards which indicate pregnancy, The Empress is clearly the most prominent one. The fact that The Empress' main meaning is that of pregnancy, fertility, and childbirth makes it an obvious pregnancy card.

Is strength a positive card? ›

Strength Upright. In its upright position, Strength is a positive pull. You already possess the characteristics that you need to succeed in your pursuits and are ready to take the next step in life. While there may be challenges ahead, you will easily overcome all the obstacles on your path.

How do you read a strength card? ›

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Who is the woman in the strength card? ›

In the X/1999 Tarot version made by CLAMP, The Strength is Yuzuriha Nekoi and her Inugami, Inuki.

What is Thoth's book called? ›

The fictional Book of Thoth appears in an ancient Egyptian short story from the Ptolemaic period, known as "Setne Khamwas and Naneferkaptah" or "Setne I".

When was the Thoth deck created? ›

… achievement was the publication of The Book of Thoth (1944), in which he interpreted a new tarot card deck, called the Thoth, that he had designed in collaboration with the artist Frieda Harris.

Who invented Tarot cards? ›

Tarot cards likely originated in northern Italy during the late 14th or early 15th century. The oldest surviving set, known as the Visconti-Sforza deck, was created for the Duke of Milan's family around 1440.

What does the carriage tarot card mean in love? ›

Once you know your destination, the Chariot tarot love meaning urges you to take action. When you take control of your love life, you are very likely to see rewards. Confidence, courage and drive will lead to success.

What is the meaning of the hanged man? ›

What does the star card mean? ›

What does the strength card mean? ›

What does the Sun mean in tarot cards? ›

It is said to reflect happiness and contentment, vitality, self-confidence and success. Sometimes referred to as the best card in Tarot, it represents good things and positive outcomes to current struggles.

What does the Moon mean in tarot? ›

The moon tarot card upright meaning

Generally, when the moon tarot card appears upright in a reading, Naude says, it is a reminder to move through change and life transitions with ease and grace rather than fear and resistance—hence why it may pop up more when you're experiencing a lot of change.

What deity is associated with The Hanged Man? ›

In other interpretations, The Hanged Man is a depiction of the Norse god Odin, who suspended himself from a tree in order to gain knowledge. There is also a Christian interpretation that portrays Judas Iscariot, and include the bags of silver in his hands.

What does death mean in tarot cards? ›

DEATH.—End, mortality, destruction, corruption; also, for a man, the loss of a benefactor; for a woman, many contrarieties; for a maid, failure of marriage projects. Reversed: Inertia, sleep, lethargy, petrifaction, somnambulism; hope destroyed.

Who is the hangman in Norse mythology? ›

Interestingly, Odin, harvester of the dead, has died on at least one occasion himself. In numerous poems, he is described as 'the hanged god', or given other titles hinting that this story was fairly widely known.

What zodiac is the Star tarot? ›

In astrology, the Star card is associated with the planet Uranus and Aquarius zodiac sign.

When a tarot card is upside down? ›

When you pull a reversed tarot card—which you can do intentionally by flipping the deck upside down and selecting or can happen by chance—it essentially means that you're missing some of the energy of that card's turned-right-side-up meaning.

What does the Star mean in love? ›

In a love reading, a Star card means you're ready to move deeper into love. This Star card indicates that you can let go of past relationships and hurt and open yourself up to a new partner. The upright Star card expresses optimism about your future romantic prospects.

Is strength a positive card? ›

Strength Upright. In its upright position, Strength is a positive pull. You already possess the characteristics that you need to succeed in your pursuits and are ready to take the next step in life. While there may be challenges ahead, you will easily overcome all the obstacles on your path.

What does strength mean in love? ›

You may find yourself in a passionate and fiery romance when you draw the Strength card in a love tarot reading. The intense feelings suggested by this card can indicate both a strong relationship, and also one that can be prone to anger, jealousy or other emotional explosions.

How do you read strength? ›

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