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TAROT CARD COMPARISONS: The Elemental Tarot - key 7 - VICORY/AMBITION & The Thoth Deck Tarot Key -7 - THE CHARIOT.

THE CHARIOT Key 7, is the Path of Cheth on the Qabalisitic 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 UN-manifested 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.
The Darkness that Case refers to is that of the Limitless Light of Kether, the very pinnacle of the Supreme Spiritual Self. Pictured in the Thoth 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
and 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.

Geburah, is often 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, meaning that the force of Geburah (Severity) is the  motive force of the Chariot.
 Geburah 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 Arcana of Tarot.

The Thoth Chariot-key 7- is the vehicle that encompasses the Soul on its journey into manifestation, shown by the four Sphinx with different animal faces, each  element having four sub-elements (cubed) . The Chariot itself is Kether, the Throne of the Soul, that protects the Soul through its journey through dimensions of universal manifestation. The Chariot itself is thus unmoving and stable while the Red Wheels of Geburah power it through the Universal manifestation. Here the Soul is a golden-solar-warrior, who is protected from the Abyss by the Limitless Light of Kether, a form of energy that the Soul rests on.
The Chariot is ruled by the sign of Cancer, a Water sign (the crab on his helmet) and it is the Water of the High Priestess that is the Fence or Enclosure  (  the meaning of Cheth) that protects the Soul in its journey from the Higher to the Lower planes of manifestation. The Soul is the Self of our selves, it is our emanation of the Supreme Spirit Identity from Kether. The Soul being the "Solar Warrior" as shown by the Golden Starred Armor, is lead by the Moon. According to the ancients, our Sun seems to follow the Moon across the sky. The wheels of Geburah (an energy intelligence of Binah the Great Mother) drive the Chariot into Form.

Knowing that Binah is the Mother of Form, and is the Feminine Magnetic force of the Universe, we can see that the Chariot is the combination ( the Marriage of Kether-Chokma- Binah that is the Supernal Triangle of the Above.) of Electromagnetic force and the Spirit's form of experience that is Soul. So with this in mind we may conclude that the Flowing nature of magnetic mother, protects our Soul from dispersion back into the Limitless light (Dark Father) which is Darkness to us.  She is the Vessel, Womb, Graäl (that is in the hands of the Golden Knight on the Chariot) that moves our now stable soul-self through the Universe, allowing us a conquest on all planes of energy! Therefore identifying us as  "the Child of The Divine Creative"!

The Thoth card also symbolizes the vision of Ezekiel, wherein the prophet described  the appearance of "four living creatures" and that each had four faces, A man, a lion, an ox, and that of an eagle which are the symbols for the elemental forces of the manifested universe.
Man= Water/Consciousness
Lion=The Fire
Ox= Earth
Eagle= Air

What many of us should now understand is that the Very Severity of Binah, the Great Mother Defends us from dissolution into "Nothingness" as we are her most important "Masters of Form": we are both Master and Masterpiece and as far as She is concerned we are her "Most Beautiful Children"  and have been given her Property---The Worlds of Manifestation, as Trusted Keepers! We are Souls who create and operate Self-Image in the Name of Abracadabra (As seen woven into the canopy above the Golden Knight-Soul)-The Vibratory word of the Aeon, The Great Work. The Holy Grail, is the cup which we look into directly, giving form to our thoughts......which become the Self-Awareness of I AM ME.

Now I know all this can be confusing, there are so many ways used to describe these cards because they are very old images of invisible forces that are fascinating but almost incomprehensible to our reasoning brain. That is why we must practice raising the Serpent Force within to awaken the normally unused 3/4's of our brain, The Kundalini must flow over and through our brain as the Waters of the High Priestess, before we manifest the comprehension of the Greater Self.   Therefore, Understanding will come to the diligent, for no matter the seeming obfuscation of meanings attributed to them, The Tarot Keys represent truly universal archetypes, Forces and Forms that remain immutable despite the limitations of the worded attempts to describe them.

You are comprised of everyone of the 78 images in the Tarot Deck---The Tarot is YOU, not the man-made you who is a reaction to your ruler- defined environment but the Powerful You that is the action that changes environment. As a "Will of God", you can expand and Liberate the survival mind from its animal existence into the Higher Existence of the Immortal Soul.  For in the Brain sits the Chariot-resting, while Powered by the Great Mothers Work and sitting quietly on the thrown of Kether, totally protected by the Magnetic Field of the Grail, awaiting the time when the Brain can hear ABRACADABRA--the cypher of the Great Work. With the Ears to Hear, that are developed by Knowing thyself, we can then be the Master- Soul who operates a Power tool--in Mothers Great Garden, rather than a animal looking for its soul, which it will never find, as to seek it is to deny having it. Also, since the finite are definitions from the infinite they are unable to define the infinite in the limited perspectives of worded thoughts.

The Chariot card represents the Solar Warrior Soul who defines being---but is not defined by being. As you can see, there is much to study here....so investigate!
[Above the Golden Armored figure, is a crab, symbolizing the sign of Cancer 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 Gematria ( Qabalistic numerology), (Book 777 of Crowley) adds up to 418.]

It is apparent in this card's art that 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 and shoulders that represent Assiah or Matter. Seated in meditation, with the Holy Grail in his hands: the Cup (Womb) that we look directly into.

THE ELEMENTAL TAROT KEY-7  is called VICTORY/ AMBITION, also signifying the martial element of this card. Instead of a Chariot, the young warrior, wearing the red cloak of Mars, is riding a Sphinx, which symbolizes the four elements and the physical, intellectual and spiritual powers of the Soul. The flaming torch implies leadership and illumination.  (The golden Armor of the Thoth Card also implies these solar qualities). 
Sky above, is the representation of the green of youth that fades into the yellow of maturity.
Below we have flags and banners, indicating group identification, victory and  celebration.
Along the boarders of this card is the quote from THUNDER THE PERFECT MIND, a Nag Hammadi Gnostic Text (see the last three days of blogs) which is a poem of the Goddess Sophia. The quotes of this text are notoriously ambiguous, for that is the nature of the Universe of "life and death. The quote states:  " I am  compassionate and I am cruel. I am the one who is praised and the one despised".  Which does indeed explain the actions of the Soul as seen by the body it makes live.

The  movement of the Thoth 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.
This 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!"
When the Chariot or Victory/Ambition 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.
  •  That 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!
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