Card VII Chariot – S & M

Tarot de Marseille – Le Chariot

This is the map of difficulties overcome.

  • The trolley wheels are described by this arcane obviously not in a good way for the vehicle to move.
  • Both horses are perfectly opposed. One is red (symbol of activity) but has a placid air, while the other, although blue (passive) seems a big effort. Unless his attitude expresses the aggressiveness.
  • The character wears shoulder pads Janus … … and despite all the difficulties, do not seem to have difficulty in managing this unlikely coupling.


The carriage carries a shield with the letters S and M, the initials of the couple “Sulphur and Mercury” and are Spiritua and Materia .

The truck is also related to Ares , god of war and his two son (horses), Phobos (Fear) and Deimos (Terror). This is the map of violence, warlike instincts and Martian Rights.

The Chariot: a warrior who triumph in his chariot, a conqueror who travel. After realizing unconditional love, having realized in its material and spiritual life, man has managed his career, the veil is lifted.

From a point of view down to earth, this card can represent travel, a vehicle (car, motorcycle, bicycle, etc..), A prince of elegance, the perfect lover.

The truck, carrying as number 7, is also identifiable in the Big Dipper , which consists of 7 stars.

Tarot card from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, also known as the Rider-Waite-Smith deck.

The Chariot has many allusions to the kabbalistic Ma’asei Merkavah. According to Waite, the figures on the charioteer’s shoulders are supposed to be theUrim and Thummim which were divinatory tools often used by the Israelites for guidance during times of war. Waite describes the charioteer as conquest on all planes — in the mind, in science, in progress, and thus able to reply to the riddles of the sphinx, even though he is not of priest and thus unable to answer to the High Priestess.


Also, on the Chariot card (at right above, from, where card makers typically put their initials, there we do not see FC. We see GS,; these initials do correspond to a card maker existing in Marseille at that time, Guilhem Sallonetz, according to Ross G.R. Caldwell, based on a list given by the card historian D’Allemagne (

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