THE CHARIOT Key 7, is the 18th Path of Cheth on the Tree of Life, the word Cheth means enclosure, or fence
In the THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM , Paul Foster Case stated: "The
Eighteenth Path is called the House of Influence ( by greatness of
whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings is
increased)and from the midst of the investigation the arcana and hidden
senses are drawn forth, which dwell in its shade and which cling to it,
form the cause of all causes."
Between Geburah (Severity) and
Binah (Understanding) the Great Mother on the Tree of Life, runs the
Path of Cheth. This is the highest and most profound Path on the Pillar
of Severity and introduces the Personality to the Supreme Spiritual
Self, that wraps our Soul in the Golden Armor of Protection so that the
Psyche can be carried through the unmanifested Universe, and/or Dark
Matter and Dark Energy. The Chariot is the enclosure that holds the Soul
in a state of peace, as moves through all planes. In his BOOK OF
TOKENS, Paul Foster Cases stated this about the Chariot: I am the hedge of protection
Enclosing the field of existence
In this field thou dwellest,.
And I am thy defense, Against the darkness which is without.Yet is this hedge of safety
Alas a wall of limitation,
And the darkness against which it defendeth thee
Is the radiant Darkness of the Limitless Light.,
Too brilliant for thine eyes.
Darkness that Case refers to is that of the Limitless Light of Kether,
the very pinacale of the Supreme Spiritual Self. Pictured in the
Chariot, the experience of the Spiritual Self, is known in Alchemy as
the "Exhalation", where the Alchemist becomes the Philosopher's Stone.
The Thoth Deck Chariot, shows the influences of both the Hindu Tattvas
the biblical text of Ezekiel with its "living creatures" being
represented as 4 Sphinxes pulling the Chariot. These Four Kerubiim
(angelic beings) represent not only the four Tarot Elements of Fire,
Water, Air and Earth, but also each has four sub-elements, as do the
Tattvas, and are represented as the four faces of the creatures.
In his Ryder-Waite Tarot Deck, Waite mostly followed the design of Eliphas Levi straight out of Levi's book, The Ritual of Transcendental Magic where Levi wrote:
A Cubic Chariot with four pillars and a azure and starry drapery. In his chariot a victor crowned with a circle adorned with three radiant pentagrams. Upon his breast are three superimposed squares, on his shoulders the URIN and the THUMMIN of the sovereign sacrificer, represented by the two crescents of the moon in Gedulah [Chesed] and Geburah; in his hand is a sceptre surrounded by a globe, square and triangle, his attitude is proud and tranquil. A double sphinx or two sphinxes, joined at the haunches, are harnessed to the Chariot; they are pulling in opposite directions, but are looking the same way. They are respectively black and white. On the square which forms the fore part of the chariot is the Indian lingum surrounded by the flying sphere of the Egyptians.
Rather than a square on the forefront of the Chariot, Waite used a shield and placed the Eye of Horus above the lingum, sphere glyph. He also depicted the Mystical city of Jerusalem in the back ground along with a river that is being straddled by the Chariot representing the River of Paradise that flows from the High-Priestess to Tiphareth and making the Chariot an intermediary between the Above and the Below.
Other than the Egyptian sphere and Indian lingum,Geburah,
is also symbolized with a Pentagram, or five pointed star,that has the
Four Elements crowned by the Spirit. Thus, making 5 the number of
Geburah on the Tree of Life, Geburah is a Red Force, and is symbolized
on the Thoth card as Red Wheels, on the Ryder-Waite card, the red glyph of lingum and sphere, meaning that the force of Geburah
(Severity) is the motive force of the Chariot.
is complimented by Chesed (Mercy) on the Tree of Life, and this
compliment is seen in the constant usage of the number 4, Chesed's
number. We have Four Sphinx, and four columns (Four Universal Elements)
holding up the starry canopy or heavens of Binah (The Great Mother-
Empress Card key 3). Theses four elemental columns are called the " four
columns of the Tree of Life in a Solid Sphere", adding a little more of
the arcane to this card. I suggest the curious student gets the book,
THE QABALISTIC TAROT by Robert Wang, as it is a fine text for
understanding the Arcane.
the Golden Armored figure is a crab, symbolizing the sign of Caner
Woven into the canopy is the word "ABRACADABRA", which Robert Wang
thinks is an apparent pun on "ABRAHADABRA", a word that Crowley
called,"one of the most important key numbers of the Liber Al...the
word of the Aeon....the cypher of the Great Work which when using
Qabalistic Gemtria (numerology), (Book 777 of Crowley) adds up to 418.
Crowley understood that something martial is going on in the Psyche of the Seeker themselves. Much like the Bhagavad Gita, where
the pursuit of enlivenment is symbolized by warring factions. On this
highest Path of Severity, the Soul Warrior of Geburah has reached a
pinnacle, as shown by the Tens stars on his golden chest that represent
Assiah or Matter. Seated in meditation, with the Holy Grail in his
hands: the Cup (Womb) that we look directly into.
movement of the Chariot conceals a mystery (arcana) of great
significance. The Chariot is reminiscent of the Greek Chariot of the
Sun, Helios, as the four horses of the Sun pulled the Chariot of the Sun
across the sky. This is significant as a representation, since the
Chariot moves between the Light, centered in Tiphareth (Beauty) and the
Supreme Darkness of the Limitless Light at the hidden side of Kether
(Crown). Yet, there is even a more complex meaning suggested here, as
the Sun is guided by the Moon! And in both Greek Mythology and the
Qabalistic Tree of Life, the sun is subordinate to the moon. Since
the Chariot is of the sign of Cancer, that is ruled by the Moon (and
in which Jupiter is exalted), the Charioteer follows this philosophy of
subordination to the Great Mother nicely. The cardinal Path of the Moon,
leads from Tiphareth (Beauty-Solar Logos) to Kether (Crown) is the
Path of the High Priestess. Water ( Pure Consciousness) takes
precedence here and is represented by the Moon.
is a Higher Path card, and requires much skrying, meditation, and
arcane study, so this author recommends that you devote more time to
this card than a brief blog. At least, get the books I have recommended
in this blog and read them liberally! What is also noted here, is that
the Male-Female relationship, is represented backwards here in our
reflected world. The Male Force of the Universe is Subservient to the
Female Force in order for Force to become Form. Idea is subservient to
Understanding, for Life to progress. There is much to consider here, if
one wishes to "Know thyself!"
the Chariot card is thrown during a reading, the querent is reminded:
- to devote
themselves to the combination of activity and quietude so that they may
have the drive to attain goals.
- It is a time of clearing out the past,
moving beyond and beginning with new energy while taking responsibility
for one's present condition.
- There is a need for victory here, by
combining the images or content of the unconscious with the
consciousness for the purpose of achievement.
- The Chariot also signifies
that the querent has begun controlling a situation by the force of
their personality....a focus of Will.
- The goal will need fighting for,
but you have been granted the energy to win it!
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and Prosper.