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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 or Victory/Ambition card is thrown during a reading, the querent is reminded to:
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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