Key- 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.
The Chariot represents the Universal Principles of change/movement combination of stillness-activity: of movement and repose.
individual is touched by multi-dimensional change in their areas of
Earth, Air, Water and Fire, which are symbolized on the Thoth Tarot Card 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 blue water womb of birth/nurture Mother and the red-fire womb of Sex/ Death/reincarnation Mother), reminding us that we have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves.
ten crystals on the golden armor represent
the ten powerful positive
choices of the Ten Sephiroth on the Hermetic 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 movements and repose
that are known as "Our Greater Self".
THE Thoth Tarot- CHARIOT Key 7, is the Path of Cheth on the Tree of Life, the Hebrew letter- 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)
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. 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 Kerubim
(angelic beings) represent not only the four Alchemical/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,
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 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 the Divine Feminine- 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
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 ; a Spiritual Battle won. Much like the Bhagavad Gita, or the Babylonian Epic of Creation,
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, transforming our very soul.
The movement of the Chariot
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
Egyptian mythology, 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.
This is a Higher Path card, of the Soul and not the personality, hence requiring 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 -"Will to Force" of the Universe is Subservient to the Female-"Will
to Form" in order for electric Force to become electro-magnetic Form;
Idea is subservient to Understanding, for Life to progress.
There is much to consider here, if one wishes to "Know thyself!"
The Jungian Tarot of Robert Wang-The Chariot- the all present Father, represents explains the Chariot card as the Demiurge and/or Hierophant. This is the most misunderstood card of the Tarot deck and is more easily explained as a story as the Demiurge is a ruler over a illusionary realm of the Collective Unconscious.
Due to his own ignorance or intention the Demiurge hides from the conscious the fact that there is a Greater Father to whom he is subject, and also the fact that the world he rules is illusion. Our souls/the Son, is born in this imperfect world of Material illusion, however, we are not abandoned by the Divine Creative, as we are considered it's Child, therefore, we have a direct link to the Greater Father/Supreme Divine Creative, and therefore able to transcend beyond the debased authority of the Demiurge.
Let us take this story to the history of our world, and say that the Alien Creators of our physical forms (Annunaki of Sumer) built for a Universal Creative intelligence (our Psyche) a world of physical sensuality, to serve their own purpose. However, the Universal Divine Collective Unconscious, found this combination to be "Good" and linked right up to us as a more powerful physiological/mental mechanism for discerning thought! We are the Golden Child. However, the Lesser Father, filled our identities with delusions of his own grandeur, as did the Alien "gods" of our distant past. We still think as slaves to this Jehovah/Demiurge character, when in truth, we have inherited the Divine Universal Collective Unconscious, and now the Greater Father can "Walk as we Walk" through sensual, and therefore more discerning data construction. We are of the Divine Androgyny, the Divine Creative and are not limited to or by the Lesser Father.
In terms of the Hermetic Qabalistic Tarot, the Chariot, is the the only state of psycho-dynamic energy that can move between states of consciousness, effortlessly. Therefore the Jungian Tarot card is shown drawn by the force of the Crown, rather than that of horses. The Crown represents the Supreme Divine Creative, to whom, alone, the Charioteer is answerable.
The Charioteer is also known to represent the Supreme Guardian Angel of our Soul.
Mundanely, it is understood that the Chariot Card represents the emerging Self-Consciousness that resides in the loving Womb of the Collective Unconscious. Therefore, "in" all of us resides the inner protection and inner guidance that will lead us out of the illusion of our sensual perceptions and into the Pure Conscious of Self.
Above all things, know thyself! If you boldly go into the depths of yourself, you will find that there is no one to Worship in this Universe, for the Greater Self is experiencing Life through you. The Temple of Greater Self, is a stable place, that moves through the Universal Collective, without hindrance, and is just what our body-mind connection can be, if our Self Identity is that Provided by The Divine Creative, rather than mankind!
When this 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.
is a time of clearing out the past, moving beyond and beginning with
new energy while taking responsibility for one's present condition.
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.
- The goal will need fighting for, but you have been granted the energy to win it!
- That a new force is dissolving old patterns.
- This is a time for clearing out, moving beyond the past, beginning with new energy and taking full responsibility for the past.
is a time of supreme magical power and self mastery.
But as always,
this one blog is too short for a more profound explanation of this
Powerful symbol of Self movement of the Psyche and much more study is required, so
feel free to read my many blogs on this card and comment your questions.
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live long and prosper!