The Thoth Tarot- The Chariot-key 7:
Is representative of the Psyche- Path of the Hermetic Qabalah, on the Tree of Life, 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. Elemental manifestationis suggested by the four Sphinx with different animal faces, each element having four sub-elements (cubed).
The Chariot itself is Kether as the "Blood of the Great Mother", in Severe red form as Geburah, 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 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) that is exalted by the Moon and it is therefore, Magnetic-Water of the High Priestess (blood or wine) that is the Fence or Enclosure ( the meaning of the Hebrew word 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. This is because the Moon represents the "magnetic reflection" of light, while the Sun represents unlimited light that is reflected upon itself to make form. The Soul is therefore, always looking into the "mirror of reflected light" to see itself.
The wheels of Geburah (an Strong or Severe energy intelligence of Binah the Great Mother) drive the Chariot into Form. Knowing that Binah is the Mother of Form, and is the Feminine Magnetic (womb) f 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 Electric "Will to Force" and the Spiritual Magnetic "Will to Form" that is Soul. So with this in mind we may conclude that the Flowing Forceful nature of The Fiery Creative Father and the Receptive-Magnetic nature of the Watery-Mother of all Form, protects our Soul from dispersion back into the Limitless light (Dark Energy- Father) which is Darkness, a non-identity of Limitlessness.
She/Binah, is the Vessel, Womb, Grail (that is in the hands of the Golden Knight on The Chariot ) both blood red and water blue, that moves our now stable soul-self through the Universe, allowing us a conquest on all planes of energy! That would make us the inheriting Child of The Divine Creative!
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 manifested universe.
What many 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" as seen by our Psychosomatic power; 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, a collective of personalities developed over timed manifestation, 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 (Imagination) giving form to our thoughts......which become the Creative-Sensual-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 in their subjectivity, 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 is the "original Word of God" / The Logos, 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 heated interference, which is a "firewall" implanted by those who wish to rule you, 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 and ourselves. You, each and everyone, are comprised of all of the 78 images in the Tarot Deck. The Tarot is the YOU-fractal of The Divine Self, not the man-made you who is but a reaction to your ruler- defined environment. There is a Powerful You that is the Solar- Action that changes environment. You are of Solar Psyche, a "spiral entity", that evolved before planets and their life forms. Hence, your Psyche rules the "Soma"! You came To Expand and Liberate the survival mind from its fear based animal existence into the Higher Existence of the Immortal Soul's love based identity.
In the Brain sits the image of 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 (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 of the infinite and are unable to define the infinite in their time-bound thoughts. The Chariot card represents the Solar Warrior Soul who defines being---but is not defined by being.
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 of a Soul, is touched by multi-dimensional change 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, also symbolizes the wheel of fortune (The blue water womb of birth/nurture Mother and the red-fire womb of Sex/ Death/reincarnation Mother) stating that we have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves: through the process of Self-I-dentity!.
The ten crystals on the golden armor represent the ten powerful positive choices of the Ten Sephiroth on the Qabalists' Tree of Life. The Golden Helm on the Thoth Card Charioteer, is The Crown, on most traditional decks, including the Barbara Walker Tarot and it represents that which is "the crowning achievement" of As above so below, is the radiant Self that is 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 18th Path of Cheth on the Tree of Life, the word Cheth means enclosure, or fence.
In the THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Dr. 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 formless 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's very body becomes the Philosopher's Stone.
and 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 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 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"; a cube in circular space, 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, representing both the constellation and the astrological 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, i.e. 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.
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, for the Holy Grail, is the Image Maker of The All. We may know that as the Imagination which resides in the Great Ocean of Unconsciousness.
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 Egyptian mythology, Greek Mythology and the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the sun is subordinate to the moon, for as stated, the Sun looks into the mirror of the Moon to See Itself! Hence, we look into the Imagination, to see ourselves! To take this further, The I AM looks into Me, to see itself! Therefore, Me is simply a fractal of identities formed by sensually experiencing perspectives! By now there are those who call this thinking "deep", and we've yet to plunge into the Depths of the Great Ocean Of the Unconscious!
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.
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 -"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.
Again, in the Thoth Deck Key 7-The Chariot, the Cancer Crab stands on the Knights Helm, referring to the zodiacal sign of Cancer, into which the Sun moves at the summer solstice. Cancer is the cardinal sign of Water, shown as blue above and below the charioteer. Hence, Cancer not only represents the first onrush of the Tarot element water (Movement of Self in the Unconscious), but it also represents the Path Cheth (meaning fence or enclosure) that leads from the Great Mother Binah (understanding) to Geburah (Severity), on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Therefore the Chariot represents the Veil of Water ( which is also "Life's blood) in which the energy of the Supernal (The Trinity) descends on the energy of mankind as Prana and inspires the "spirit within". This card supports the old axiom," ...The Know is in the Flow" and helps us realize the value of Prana Yama (Yoga breath) breathing and the flow of the Life-Fire within and/or Kundalini.
The canopy of the Charioteer, is of the sky blue, both the color of water and of the color of the Great Gnostic Sophia and/or Binah, in her Wisdom state of energy conscious. Shown as a blue rose or blue chalice.
The four pillars of the canopy, represent the Pillars of the Universe (The Four Elements of Alchemy) while the Scarlet wheels represent the original energy of Geburah (the "cleansing menstrual blood" of the Goddess) that causes the revolving motion in the Universe.
The four Sphinxes that are drawing the Chariot, have the heads of the Four Kerubs, The Bull, The Lion, The Eagle and The Man. They actually represent the 16 sub-elements rather than just four, since in each Sphinx these elements are counter-changed.
The amber-gold armor of the Charioteer represents the sign of Cancer, The reins are not in his hands because he is enthroned in the Chariot rather than conducting it as the whole system is in perfect balanced and his only function is to bear the Holy Grail. This Grail looks like a Blue and Red Chakra in his hands, as both colors represent the One Womb of the Blue Binah and the Red Geburah.
The design of the Ten Stars of Assiah sits upon his chest as an inheritance of the celestial dew of the Mother.
Cancer maybe known as the House of the Moon but Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer. This concept is illustrated as the color of Amethyst that rings the Grail. The Shape of the Grail represents the Full Moon and the Great Sea of Binah. Spiritual life is inferred by the radiant blood -red in the center of the Grail: light in the darkness of the Womb.
Again, studying the individual symbols will lead to a greater understanding of the whole. The Charioteer looks the masculine part he is, but this card is of the Goddess as Binah and Geburah which are both receptive (female) and expressive (male). One will find that in the Gnostic Qabalah, both sexes are inseparable, where there is She, there is He and visa versa. The Chariot also represents the mystical Merkabah , the Chariot that carries the Throne of God in the visions of Ezekiel. The Throne is stable and unmoving, while the Chariot descends on the revolving wheels of Geburah.
Arcana means secret and/or mystery and the Major Arcana (Key Cards) are deeply embedded in mysterious secrets buried in the imagery of time long past while being totally relevant today. As Plato said:
" To know thyself, is to know God" which also describes the mystery of the Qabalah.
Illustrates the Chariot in more of a traditional and/or mundane manner. Here, a young hero is portrayed as "king of the world". Here is the egoistic youth, newly arrived at 21 years of age, according to the Yoni Yantra layout in red, raised to the 7th degree, and who is successful in both love and battle.
The four pillars, and the canopy of stars, the chariot was obviously a symbol for the world. Since this Key 7 card follows the card of Marriage, the Lovers key 6, it seems the traditional tarot made a place for young adult arrogance . He is shown in a conviction, albeit brief, that he has achieve some type of paradise. This is also traditional, as even in the Hindu concept of Shiva's achievement of marriage to Kali, where he achieved the title of "Lord of the World"(Jagannatha), the world of Shiva was represented as a Giant Chariot- (Juggernaut-an obvious bastardization of the god's name) rolling along the track of time
Obviously, the title "Lord of the World" stood for transitory earthly glory. This was even understood in ancient Rome, for when a Roman hero road triumphantly through Rome as a prototypical-Mars in his war chariot, with crowds roaring approval, a masked figure representing death, stood beside him and whispered in his ear, "Man remember that you are mortal." Which could be the message delivered by Mercury (the sign of Mercury is on the front of B.W.'s chariot) to the Charioteer.
In the12th century book, Liber Imaginum Deorum stated that the War God Mars in his Chariot stood for, leadership, glory, war and death.
[The full range of genealogies of the classical Gods are described in the fifteen books, drawing on the standard earlier works, especially the Liber imaginum deorum, a 12th-century treatise by the otherwise unknown Albricus (possibly Alexander Neckam), and the older so-called Vatican Mythographies. These themselves drew on the late antique Christian Fulgentius, and writers of the actual period of classical paganism, especially Ovid and Statius. Some Greek material was probably supplied by his Greek teacher Leontius Pilatus]
TheSabine fertility god, much older than Rome's Mars adaption, was born of a famous Capitoline trinity of Juventas-Juno-Minerva, was killed each year and resurrected, as were all vegetation gods. This god in turn can be traced back to the red Hindu god Rudra, " He who belongs to Three Mother Goddesses" (Sanskrit: Tryambaka), who became merged with both Shiva and Krishna, and expounded the secrets of fate to Prince Arjuna, in the disguise of a divine charioteer.
As early as thethird millennium BC, in a land between India and Europe known as Akkad, it was known that the secrets of fate involved a consciousness of death, and was called the "the road of the chariot" or "the road of no-return". Throughout the history of mythology, the red chariot ridding heroes, passed from glory to a martyr's death, frequently personified the Sun, as did the Greek myths of Hippolytus, Phaethon, and Helios.
From the Phaedrus, came the platonic idea that the chariot represented the human soul. It was postulated that heavenly charioteers rode the celestial airs until they lost their winged vehicles and fell to earth to be born as human beings.
Oriental philosophers, often called the soul the charioteer of the human body and to sensual desires as the horses that pulled the body-chariot.
Carl Jung, the famous dream interpreting physiologist, pointed out that in the symbolism of dreams and fantasy, horses usually represented uncontrolled or uncontrollable emotional drives.
Therefore the horses of the Tarot Charioteer, must merit more study.
Be theyrepresented in Tarot as black and white (night and day) horses, doglike lunar death dogs, or Sphinxes with female breasts, or sometimes a strange two headed creature with four forelimbs and no hind legs, facing opposite directs like pushme-pullyou, which seems to be a copy of the Egyptian Hieroglyph for xerefu and akeru, " the lions of yesterday and today". They all seem to relate the message that, even when he thinks he is in control of his fate, man is not. Therefore, the Charioteer, on any traditional tarot deck, is never shown holding the reigns.
Oriental wisdom, throughout written history, using the Chariot wheel as the Karmic Wheel, has proclaimed the folly of pride in earthly glories, which are being dealt by the karmic hand of fate, are soon to be replaced. For a proud person, has yet to realize the wisdom of the "True Self" which could realize the inexorable turning of the Karmic wheel, as unstoppable as a Juggernaut chariot.
When the Chariot Tarot card is thrown during a reading the querent is or will be soon experiencing:
If the accompanying cards are ill defined, then none of the fore mentioned qualities will be stable and all will be short lived. Great pride in small things.
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