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The Shadow Series of Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot key 7- The Chariot & The Shadow Tarot Key-18-Charachith

THE TAROT OF ELIKey- 7: THE CHARIOT

Motion or change and identity or rest are the first and second secrets of Nature: Motion and Rest. The whole code of her laws may be written on the thumbnail.
-Emerson

The Chariot represents the Universal Principles of change/movement combination of stillness-activity: of movement and repose.

Every individual is touched by change multidimensional in their areas of Earth, Air, Water and Fire, as symbolized by the four pillars, the four wheels,and the four animals. These four elemental aspects of ourselves combine to create who we are, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The spinning disc in the hands of the charioteer, symbolizes the wheel of fortune (The Womb of the Goddess Fortuna) that we have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves. 
The ten crystals on the golden armor represent the ten powerful positive choices of the Ten Sephiroth on the Qabalists' Tree of Life.
The crown, which is "the crowning achievement", wisdom, understanding, mercy, severity, beauty, splendor, victory, foundation and kingdom. These ten states of conscious energy are multidimensional movement and repose that are known as "Our Greater Self".
When this card is thrown during a reading, it generally means  that a new force is dissolving old forms. This is a time for clearing out, moving beyond the past, beginning with new energy and taking full responsibility for the past. This is a time of supreme magical power and self mastery. But as always, this blog is too short for a more profound explanation of this Powerful symbol of Self movement and much more study is required.

THE CHARIOT Key 7, is the Qabalistic Tree of Life 18th Path of Cheth on the Tree of Life, the word Cheth means enclosure, or fence. Therefore, it is the 18th Card of The Shadow Tarot, representing the Qliphoth, or Shadow/Night side of the Day side Tree of Life. As I often say it, the Dark Energy/Matter side of the Reflected/Light side of the Tree of Life.
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.
Obviously the Shade Case is referring to is the Shadow side.
Between The Fifth Sephiroth- Geburah (Severity) and the Third Sephiroth- 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 (left side) 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 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 Arcane.

Above 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. 

The  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.

The Chariot 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/Wisdom (Chokmah) is subservient to Understanding (Binah), for Life to progress. There is much to consider here, if one wishes to "Know thyself!"
Now for the Shadow cast by the Solar Warrior of the Chariot.
The Shadow Tarot-key 18 (shadow of the 18th path of Cheth, meaning Enclosure.)
Here is depicted the Graäl or the Yoni, an often used symbol for the Dark Matter or Dark Mother.

There are fangs of a Vampire shown here, as souls or "Astral Entities" that pause outside to drink of the "pink" are addicted and supposedly suck the life-force of the unwary who dare to attempt this Tunnel into the Dark Matter of The Divine Collective Unconscious. However, if you approach this Tunnel of Characith with the "blazing Armor" of the solar warrior (as shown on the Thoth Card), this will not happen. All the Solar one will hear is the skittering of claws as the Vamps run like hell! So I would suggest that one achieve union with Tiphareth, the Solar Logos, before taking this dark jaunt into the Psyche.

Therefore, we have represented on this Shadow card the pink flesh of the yoni gate of the Mother, entrance to the dark womb where Dark Energy and Dark Matter, join in a powerful rhythm of immortality which according to the myth of the Holy Graäl, the elixir within provided. As the old joke goes, "all men are born of the womb and then they spend their entire life trying to return to it."  As always, there is a lot of truth in humor.
Our Psyche was born on the "other-side" of this Universe of light. Many of us feel, that we don't belong here or don't come from here. Not because of some psychosis, but rather because we aren't from the evolutionary process of animal here! We are "those who from the sky came", or their progeny who have inherited the psyche of those ancient astronauts.  Deep within we know we are a type of "mutant", a Genetically Modified Organism, whose genetic material was mated to "Angels" who ran genetic experiments here.
Let's face it, this place is hard, and still voracious, and many of our psyches wish to return to "home" which over time has become Paradise in our minds. Truth be told, going to heaven, is the religious way of saying returning to the heavens. But to do so, we need to travel through a "black hole", a Tunnel of Set, called Characith. Sounds good, but in truth, you'll be sent right back, with more "divya Sidhis" (Magic abilities) and/or cleansed senses that give you the insight as to why you are here.

In general, our Spiral Entity Parents
saw a Universe through a dimensional hole and it was dead. This Galaxy didn't show high sentience life. So in they came, and invaded, terraforming/transforming life as they experimented with Dark Matter and Light Matter, until suitable bodies could be made to harbor their intelligence (its all coded in the DNA). So buck it up  and ride that horse partner; get with it, we are here to EXPAND AND LIBERATE LIFE FROM THE CONFINES OF ENTROPY!  What may excite you is that we are a combination of Negative (anti) matter and Positive Matter. Our Psyche holds this precarious balance and if it goes extremely out of balance, we loose the precious magnetic bottle, of our etheric body and Whoosh! We flame up and disintegrate.
 I think this is called "Spontaneous Human Combustion".
You may note, animals don't do this, only humans have been recorded in going Whoosh! You see Animals are from here. We are From the Qliphoth, the Dark Energy, Dark Matter Universe, and scientifically bonded to this positive matter universe. But the bonds are held by Psyche in the state of Love. Lacking self esteem is not recommended! 
Our "human aura" is not human, it is No-Man, an egg shape of dimensions of Dark Fire/Dark Sun.  But I digress.

The symbolism of the card goes on to explain Linda's vision. Shadowed within the Yoni is the symbol of the God Set, of the identity of the Phallus with Kteis (Kteis is a Greek word literary meaning shell or vagina -as opposed to Phallos- and it is commonly used meaning Great Mother or Goddess.) Here we have a prostrate and yoni, representing the Divine Androgyne.  
The Orphidian Serpent is shown , curling about the sigil, with extended forked tongue licking up the Gaäl elixir.
The Two red suns, represent the "two suns of the upper and lower horizon", symbolic of the Blood Moon and "black Sun". It has been suggested that this is a subliminal reminder of a long lost planet of two moons. After all, we came from a long lost planet.
The rampant symbols go on as a turtle which supports the Universe, a crab, and a whale representing blissful denizens of the fluidic Astral world  where magics begin.
There is also a wheeling bat, representing dark desire and delight. Also, leprous hands hold open the Graäl gate, inviting us to drink.

Okay, there really is a lot of suggestion of repugnance here, but then the animal mind is fearful of the unknown, and as long as it is sutured to our Alien psyche, images of fear will show their little nocturnal heads. To "dive into the Graäl" is my greatest pleasure, as would be of a Solar Phallus and fear is left on the earth.
The Powers of Characith are:
  1. the abilities to take what one needs to ensure survival, at any and all costs.
  2. Boundless energy, creativity and endless youth.
  3. Bestows personal sexual magnetism, on anyone will choose.
  4. To see all as bliss, and accept mindless ecstasy.

If you don't feel these things, then there is a need to go to this Dark Yoni tunnel of Characith. Skry both the Thoth card and the Shadow tarot card, by switching them back and forth. This way the Solar Warrior "within" is shown his Hearts desire and go forth!
When the Thoth or Shadow 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!
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2 Comments to The Shadow Series of Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot key 7- The Chariot & The Shadow Tarot Key-18-Charachith:

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Jackie on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 1:14 PM
Thankyou, profound,indescribable knowledge.
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Eli on Thursday, January 15, 2015 12:15 PM
Thank you for your humbling comments. All Knowledge comes from the Higher Self, and access we all have. Just never stop trying to know thyself, and it arrives! May you live long and prosper.

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