The Thoth Chariot and Babylonian Chariot/Adad-key 7-
are representative of the Path between Binah,
(understanding) the third Sephiroth on the Tree of Life and Geburah
(severity) the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. It 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).
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. Presented on the Thoth Card, 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. This limitless light, (energy) is shown all around the image of Adad,
the god image of the Babylonian Chariot.
The Chariot is ruled by the sign of Cancer, a Water sign (the crab on the Thoth Charioteer's helmet) and it is the Water of the High Priestess that is the Fence or Enclosure ( the meaning of the Hebrew word Cheth) shown as the vehicular chariot,that
protects the Soul in its journey from the Higher to the Lower planes of
manifestation. The Soul is the Self of ourselves, 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. As
our Sun seems to follow the Moon across the sky. The Babylonian chariot sports the winged lion dragon of the Sun who was known as a "roaring weather beast".
The wheels of Geburah
(an energy intelligence of Binah the Great Mother) drive the Thoth Charioteer-Soul
into Form. Knowing that Binah is the Mother of Form, and is the Feminine
Magnetic (womb) force of the Universe, we can see that the Chariot is
the combination ( the Marriage of Kether-Chokmah- Binah that is the
Supernal Triangle of the Above) of Electromagnetic force and the Spirit
form 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 and non-identity to
The companion to Adad, was the goddess Sala, who is not depicted on the Babylonian card, but as in the Thoth Card, She is "behind the scenes", hidden by the "clouds of form".
is the Vessel, Womb, Grail (that is
in the hands of the Golden Knight on the Thoth Chariot) that moves our now
stable soul-self through the Universe, allowing us a conquest on all
planes of energy; giving us dominion! That would make us the inheriting Child of The Divine
Creative, depict as in motion and/or "Alive"!
The Thoth card 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
The Babylonian Tarot Chariot/Adad, represents the Sumero/Babylonian Epic of Creation, where Adad/Marduk was the Storm God that fought the sea dragon Tiamat in the epic battle of order and chaos. Adad, as most Babylonian gods, was later made into another "Talent" of Marduk, the Supreme God. However, he was the son of either Anu or Ellil and twin brother of Ea. Adad, as a "Storm god", had powers both constructive and destructive, fitting the description of a "Solar Warrior".
What many of us should now
understand is that the Very Severity of the Qabalistic 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, i.e.The Worlds of Manifestation, as Trusted Keepers!
are Souls (not bodies that have a soul), a collective Psyche of personalities developed over timed
manifestation; 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 of electromagnetic frequency. The Holy
Grail, is the cup (imagination) which we "look" into directly, giving form to our
thoughts......which become the Self-Awareness of the ternary I AM ME.
Now I know all this can be confusing, there are so many ways used to
describe these Qabalistic Tarot cards because they use very old images of invisible
forces that are fascinating but almost incomprehensible to our reasoning
brain; a bio-computer that is limited to " modern cultural" reasoning; about 7 to 10% of our brain's capacity. Therefore we must by-pass our indoctrinated software and practice raising the Serpent Force (Spiral Energy) within to
awaken the normally unused 90% of our brain. The Kundalini is the
"original Word of God" (Lion Serpent) and must flow over and through our brain as the
Waters of the High Priestess, before we manifest the comprehension of
the Greater Self.
Don't fret the brain heat that this generates
, 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, each and everyone, are comprised
of all of the 78 images in the Tarot Deck. The Tarot is YOU, not the
man-made you who is but a reaction to your ruler- defined environment, but
the Powerful You that is the action that changes environment. You came To Expand and Liberate the survival mind from its animal existence into the Higher Existence of the Immortal Soul. This body is giving the gift of mortality to the "personality", allowing ever-changing self awareness and expansion driven by "up close and personal" experience. The Soul loves this!
In the Brain sits the Chariot-resting,
while Powered by the Great Mother's 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 (Abrahadabra)--the
cypher of the Great Work. With the "Ears to Hear", that are developed
by Knowing thyself, we can then manifest the Soul as the personality who
operates a Power tool in Mothers Great Garden, rather than a animal
looking for its soul; something it will never find, since the finite are
definitions from the infinite and are unable to define the infinite in
their time-limited thoughts. The Thoth and Babylonian Chariot cards represent the Solar
Warrior Soul who defines being---but is not defined by being. As you can
see, there is much to study here, so get off your suffering butt and
investigate! Use your Tarot Cards!
THE CHARIOT Key 7, is the Path of Cheth on the Tree of Life, the word Cheth means enclosure, or fence (womb).
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.
This description is also supported by the Babylonian Tarot/Adad, as he had a positive side of control over fertile rains and streams. He was the divine overseer of celestial and terrestrial sources of water (Water is the symbol of Consciousness; Therefore he was overseer of Soul and Personality consciousness.). Some of his other titles, were, "lord of the clouds" (depicted on Babylonian Tarot Card), "lord of the rain", "lord of abundance, the controller of the flood gates of heaven". All of which support the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot card as well.
Between #5- Geburah
and #3- Binah (Understanding) the Great Mother on the Tree of
Life, runs the Path of Cheth/The Chariot. This is the highest and most profound Path
on the Pillar of Severity and introduces the Personality to the Supreme
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/ Abyss; often called the "Great Sea of Binah". The Chariot is the enclosure that
holds the Soul in a state of peace, as it moves through all planes, as a Psychonaut.
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 fence, 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, an unseen state of energy. 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.
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. On the Thoth Card 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 the Qabalistic Tarot.
Above the Golden Armored
figure on the Thoth Card, 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
which equals 4+1+8=13; the Key 13 Death card which is "Spiritual Transformation".
Crowley understood that something martial is going on in the Psyche of the Seeker themselves. Much like the Bhagavad Gita, or the Babylonian Epic of Creation, where the pursuit of enlivenment is symbolized by warring factions. In Babylonian Tarot it was Adad/Marduk and Tiamat.
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/
Soul) that we
look directly into.
The movement of the Chariot
conceals a mystery (arcana) of great significance. The Chariot Card is also
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 Egyptian Theology, the source of the Thoth tarot believed the Sun is guided by the
Moon! And in Egyptian, 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. As does Consciousness to Unconsciousness, as consciousness (rational mind) is born of the Divine Collective Unconscious (imagination). The cardinal Path of the Moon,
leads from Tiphareth (Beauty-Solar Logos) to Kether (Crown) and is the
Path of the High Priestess. Water (Pure Consciousness) takes
precedence here, in the Formative, and is represented by the Moon.
This is a Higher Path card,
and requires much sckrying, 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
When the Thoth or Babylonian Chariot card is thrown during a reading, the
- 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.
Chariot also signifies that the querent has begun controlling a
situation by the force of their personality....a focus of Will.
goal will need fighting for, but you have been granted the energy to win
- Triumph, victory, and conquest over enemies.
- Mastery of opposing forces.
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