THE Thoth Tarot- CHARIOT Key 7, is the 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.
The Darkness that Mr. Case refers to is that of the Limitless Light of Kether, the very pinnacle of the Supreme Spiritual Self. When on the Path of The Chariot, the experience of the Spiritual Self is known to the initiate and in Alchemy as the "Exhalation", where the Alchemist becomes the Philosopher's Stone.
and the biblical text of Ezekiel with its "living creatures" being represented as four Sphinxes pulling the Chariot. These four Kerubim (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 (Space in the 5th Tattva). Thus, making 5 the number of Geburah on the Tree of Life. Geburah is a Mars-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 the Qabalistic Tarot.
Above the Golden Armored figure on the Thoth Card, 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 Gemtria (numerology), (Book 777 of Crowley) adds up to 418 which equals 4+1+8=13; the Key 13 Death card.
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.Therefore he depicted the Mars-Red Force of Geburah as the "enclosure"/Chariot of the Golden-Soul Warrior.
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 the Completed Tree of Life in Assiah or Matter. Seated in meditation, with the Holy Grail in his hands: the Cup (Womb) that we look directly into, which consists of the Blue Womb of The Sophia (Wisdom) and the Red Womb of Geburah (Severity).
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 ancients consider the Sun to be guided by the Moon! And in Egyptian mythology, 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 and the Blue Canopy of the Universe that is supported by the four red pillars rising above the Chariot. I will present an interesting exurb from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia about the Egyptian belief in the Moon as Khonsu/ "Traveler". In this you will see why the Red Womb is presented in the Thoth card, for it represents the "king's placenta". Also the Charioteer is shown as a "defender" of the Soul, as is Khonsu. The Thoth Card then is another symbol of Khonsu.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see.God of the Moon.
Khonsu in human form;
Khonsu, the ancient Egyptian moon-god, was depicted either as a falcon wearing the moon-disk on his head (left) or as the child of Amun and Mut.
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of the moon. His name means "traveler", and this may relate to the nightly travel of the moon across the sky. Along with Thoth he marked the passage of time. Khonsu was instrumental in the creation of new life in all living creatures. At Thebes he formed part of a family triad with Mut as his mother and Amun his father. At Kom Ombo
His name reflects the fact that the Moon (referred to as
Iah in Egyptian) travels across the night sky, for it means "traveler", and also had the titles "Embracer", "Pathfinder", and "Defender", as he was thought to watch overnight travelers.
As the god of light in the night, Khonsu was invoked to protect against wild animals, and aid with healing. It was said that when Khonsu caused the crescent moon to shine, women conceived, cattle became fertile, and all nostrils and every throat was filled with fresh air.
"Khonsu" can also be understood to mean "king's placenta", and consequently in early times, he was considered to slay the king's (i.e. the pharaoh's) enemies, and extract their innards for the king's use, metaphorically creating something resembling a placenta for the king. This bloodthirsty aspect leads him to be referred to, in such as the Pyramid texts, as the "(one who) lives on hearts". He also became associated with more literal placentas, becoming seen as a deification of the royal placenta, and so a god involved with childbirth.
This is a Higher Path card, and requires much sckrying, meditation, and arcane study on the Thoth/Khonsu connection, so this author recommends that you devote more time to this card than a brief blog. At least, get the text book: The Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang.
What is also noteworthy here, is that the Male-Female relationship, is represented backwards here in our reflected world. The Male -"Will to Force" of the Universe is subservient to the Female-"Will to Form" in order for electric Force to become electro-magnetic Form. Mr. Idea is subservient to Mrs.Understanding, for Life to progress.
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.
The Chariot represents the Universal Principles of change/movement combination of stillness-activity: of movement and repose.
Every individual is touched by change multi-dimensionally 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, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. The spinning disc in the hands of the charioteer, symbolizes the wheel of fortune (The blue water womb of conscious and the red-fire womb of Life Force) 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 that accumulate in physical matter in the process of "As above, so below". The crown of Kether is then worn as a "Crown Chakra", which when open, is "the crowning achievement", of wisdom, understanding, mercy, severity, beauty, splendor, victory, foundation and kingdom. These ten states of conscious energy are multidimensional movements and repose that are known as "Our Greater Self".
The Connolly Tarot-Key 7-The Chariot, seems to resemble a Roman illustration, even though the plaques resembling Egyptian Pharaohs decorate his blue and gold chariot.
The blue starry canopy of the Universe that is seen on the Thoth Chariot, is represent on the Connolly card as a blue star spangled banner. The red of Mars, is show in his tunic. The golden winged orb of victory, that decorates his chariot, represents a triumphant warrior returned from battle.
His eyes seem pained, but his grip on the reigns, show his control.
Therefor the key word of this card is CONTROL.
When the Chariot-key 7- card is thrown during a reading, it generally means:
When this card is thrown during a reading, the querent is reminded:
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