The Legends Tarot, names its Chariot Key 7, without a chariot in the art. In the Legends Tarot, the Chariot seems to be an owl, carrying a scroll.
According to the Wicca doctrine, the Owl is a messenger of Spirit.
The young woman, carrying a lantern in a dark winter's night, suggests one is traveling a life path that she has not traveled before. Hence, she must pay special attention to the directions of those who have traveled this life path before; which are probably on the scroll.
Here characteristics must be assertiveness, discipline and determination; qualities that insure a safe journey. Here, the mind triumphs over fear.
THE THOTH TAROT CHARIOT Key -7: or Atu-7, refers to the sign of Cancer which is the sign that the Sun moves in during the Summer solstice. The first keen onrush of Water (Consciousness) in the Universe is represent by the sign of Cardinal Water, which is Cancer. On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, Cancer also represents the path which leads from the Great Sea of Mother Binah, to Geburah, the Severe aspect of the Great Mother; thus carrying the influence of the Supernal through the Veil of Water (blood) upon the energy of human, so bringing Higher Consciousness to form.
The night sky canopy on the Thoth Deck card, is representative of the Night-Sky- Dark Blue of Binah, the Wisdom of Mother. The regime of Tetragrammaton (4) is shown as the four pillars of the Universe. The Original Energy of Geburah, is shown as red wheels, this is the scarlet energy form that causes the revolving motion of the Universe. Instead of Horses, as in more traditional Tarot , the Chariot is drawn by four Sphinxes, composed of the Kerubs (Ruling powers of the elements) , the Bull, The Lion, the Eagle and the Man. Crowley states that in each of the sphinx, the elements are counter-changed thus the whole of them represents the 16 sub- elements.
The Charioteer sports amber colored armor, that is the color appropriate to Cancer as the summer solstice. Here the Thoth Tarot Card, Charioteer, is enthroned in the Chariot, rather than driving or conducting it. His only purpose being that of carrying the Holy Grail.
Ten Stars of Assiah adorn his armor, as they are the inheritance of the celestial dew from his Mother. Assiah is the Qabalistic term for the Active World (lower Triangle) which has its own Ten Sephiroth. The Crab is enforcing the application of Cancer to this card, and the visor is closed as "no man may look upon his face" and live.
Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer, so the Holy Grail bears the amethyst of color, relating to the color assigned to Jupiter, but the Shape is reminiscent of the Full Moon and the Sea of Binah. Thus, once again the Thoth Deck goes into directions of deeper Mysteries of the Qaballah for the center of the Grail image is the radiant blood; inferring spiritual life, or light in the darkness. The revolving rays, imply the Jupiterian influence in the symbol.
The psycho-analyst Carl Jung pointed out that dream horses, in this case sphinx, usually implied our uncontrollable emotional drives. On the Thoth Tarot, the Charioteer is not holding the reigns which might suggest that mankind is not in control of his/her fate, no matter how much they think they are. Here the fate belongs to the Great Mother....the revolving wheels of Geburah.Thus, implying, the three Fates of Maid, Mother and Crone, (The Greek- Moerae : Clotho the spinner, Lachesis the Measure and Atropos the Cutter) really guide the life threads of the living. Hence, the Charioteer implies daring, love of adventure, etc and is our solar self and/or soul symbol.
WHEN THE CHARIOT OR MASTERY CARD IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
Reverse or ill dignified meanings are:
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