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Thoth- ATU VII-The Chariot
the Declarative Tarot - Path 7-The Eternal Guardian
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 Thoth -ATU 7-The Chariot represents the Universal Key of change/movement combination of stillness and 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 4 pillars (Thoth), the Thoth Card displays 4 wheels, and the 4 animals. These 4 elemental aspects of ourselves combine to create who we are, mentally (Air), physically (Earth), emotionally (Water), and spiritually (Fire).
The spinning disc in the hands of the Thoth charioteer symbolizes the wheel of fortune (and esoterically the Blue and Red Grail) that we have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves. There are 2 discs, one blue and one red. The Blue Disc represents the "Blue Water Grail" of the Divine Mother and the Red disc represents the "Blood Grail" (or Wine) of the Divine Mother. These wheels of blue and red also refer to the Merkabah of Jewish Mysticism. Merkabah/Merkavah Mysticism (or Chariot mysticism) is a school of early Jewish mysticism, c. 100 BCE-1000 BCE, centered on visions such as those found in the Book of Ezekiel chapter 1, or in the hekhalot ("palaces") literature, concerning stories of ascents to the heavenly palaces and the Throne of God. All based on Ezekiel's vision of wheels spinning within wheels. A commonly used example of an ancient astronaut visiting us in his Flying Object (hence, wings on beings from the sky) and technology being misinterpreted as miraculous and/or magic of Gods. Ancient people had no words for flying machines and astronauts.
Anunnaki ("Those who from the heavens that came to earth")
Crowley's Hexaculm and/or unicursal hexagram is an image of the Merkabah.
The Chariot also represents the more modern Merkabah, also spelled Merkaba, which represents the divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. "Mer" means Light. "Ka" means Spirit. "Ba" means Body. Mer-Ka-Ba means the spirit/body surrounded by counter-rotating fields of light, (wheels within wheels), spirals of energy like in a torus, which transports spirit/body from one dimension to another. Such wheels are shown held between the arms of the Charioteer. The image of a Modern Merkaba Symbol is a shape made of 2 intersecting tetrahedrons that spin in opposite directions, creating a 3-dimensional energy field.
The Modern interpretation of the human Merkabah
Tree of Life
The 10 crystals on the golden armor of the Thoth Charioteer represent the 10 powerful positive choices of the 10 Sephirotic Beings on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The Thoth Charioteer's crown is the crab-symbol for the sign of Cancer which is "the crowning achievement of rejuvenation/regeneration", and then the 9 Sephira of wisdom, understanding, mercy, severity, beauty, splendor, victory, foundation, and kingdom, in that order. These 10-states of conscious energy are multidimensional movements and repose that are known as "Our Greater Self" and/or Adam Khadmon, "The Heavenly Human" (The GMO of Gods and Man). When this card is thrown during a reading, it means that a new force is dissolving old forms. This is a time for clearing out, moving beyond the past, beginning with new energy and taking full responsibility for the past. This is a time of supreme magical power and self-mastery. But as always, this explanation is far too short for a more profound understanding of this Powerful symbol for Self-movement through the Cosmos and much more study is recommended.
The Thoth is represented by the Hebrew letter Cheth or the 18th Path of Cheth on the Tree of Life. The word Cheth means enclosure, or fence which is that enclosure as the Chariot provides an enclosure for the Charioteer and/or the Merkabah enclosure for the human form. In the THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, The Great Western Qaballist 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 the 5th Sephiroth- Geburah (Severity) and the 3rd Sephiroth- 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 (Holy Guardian Angel) 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 to the Abyssal Womb...The Source. The Chariot is the secure enclosure that holds the Soul in a state of peace, as it moves through all planes of Sephirotic existence.
In his BOOK OF TOKENS, Dr. 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 defends thee Is the radiant Darkness of the Limitless Light, too brilliant for thine eyes.
The Darkness that Dr. Case refers to is that of the Limitless Light (no measurement; hence: "dark") 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 body becomes the Philosopher's Stone.
The Thoth Tarot- Chariot, shows the influences of both the Hindu Tattvas and the biblical text of Ezekiel with its "living creatures" being represented as 4 Sphinxes pulling the Chariot. These 4 Cherubim (angelic beings) represent not only the 4 Tarot Elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth, but also each has 4 sub-elements, as do the Tattvas, and are represented as the 4-faces of the creatures. Fire is the red triangle, Water is the blue circle, air is the yellow square, earth is the crescent moon, and ether-the black egg.
Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth-Severity, is often symbolized with a Pentagram, or 5-pointed star, which has the 4 Elements crowned by the Spirit. Geburah is a Red/Ruby Force and is symbolized on the Thoth card as Red Wheels, meaning that the force of Geburah (Mars-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. Such correspondence with the number 4 is shown in the Thoth Chariot card as the 4-Sphinx, and 4-columns (4 Universal Elements) holding up the starry canopy or heavens of Binah (The Great Mother- Empress Card key 3). These 4-elemental columns are called the “4 columns of the Tree of Life in a Solid Sphere", adding a little more of the arcane to this card. However, 4 is also the number of Form.
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 Gematria (numerology), (Book 777 of Crowley). Abrahadabra adds up to 418. Using the math of numerology, we do the sum, 4+1+8= 13, the Key/ATU 13 of the Death Card that represents a great spiritual change.
Crowley understood that something martial is going on in the Psyche of the Seeker themselves. Much like the Bhagavad Gita, where warring factions symbolize the pursuit of enlivenment. On this highest Path of Severity, the Golden Soul Warrior of Geburah has reached a pinnacle, as shown by the 10-stars/Crystals on his golden chest; the number 10 represents Assiah or Matter. Seated in meditation, with the Holy Graäl (Grail) in his hands: the Cup (Womb) of 2-colors, the Blue one is the mental enclosure that we look directly into when using our Imagination to produce ideas, i.e. "The womb with a view", that is the Universal Element of Water and the Red Graäl is the "magical Wine" from water, which represents the "Mother's Blood" of the Microcosm (Scarlet Womb). And if you dare to think about it, from the Waters of the Oceans on earth, all blood is formed, and it is the amniotic combination of ocean and blood, the "magic salty fluid of blood" in the Womb that all children are formed in and from. Therefore, all blood is "Mother's" blood. Here, on both cards is also the symbol of the Crab, Cancer, which is a not too subtle Tantric Alchemical symbol for a technique of Tantra Yoga in which male and female energies are "drunk" after being perfectly prepared, balance, and exchanged to create the 2 in 1 elixir of Life.
This "drinking" of male and female fluids/essences that produce the magic elixir of life might take a bit of explanation. Crowley "hinted" at this Tantric technique in his Book of Thoth, Pg. 256:
"The issue of the Vulture, Two in One,
Conveyed; This is the Chariot of Power.
TRINC: The Last Oracle! "
"The issue of the Vulture, Two in One, relates to the myth of Maät, the Egyptian Goddess of adjustment and supreme balance, her sacred bird is The Vulture. In most ancient times, it was believed that Vultures didn't mate, for each bird was thought to be both sexes, and they produced their young alone and unmarried. Therefore, the Vulture represented a childbirth of an internal marriage of 2 perfectly balanced forces and/or 2 in 1, the Divine Hermaphrodite.
One may ask "What the hell is TRINC- the last oracle"? The answer to that entails a lengthy explanation beginning with the Story of Gargantua and Pantagruel, a mystical satire written by François Rabelais (1494-1553). In the story Panurge, one of the main characters, seeks an answer to the question "Should I marry"? After much discussion with his partner decided to seek the answer from the Oracle of the Bottle. As in all heroic journeys, many adventures happen before they eventually reach the Temple of the Bottle. Upon passing through the entry door of the Temple upon which is written En Oino Aletheia (in wine lies truth), they meet Bacbuc, the Priestess of the Temple who escorts them to the Bottle. Panurge poses his question, "Should I marry", the Holy Bottle makes a sharp cracking sound like breaking glass: TRINC! Which happens to mean "Drink". To Panurge, this is a firm "Yes" and he interprets TINC as an admonition to drink deeply from the well spring of life and knowledge. Now we jump to the language of Thelema imagery to continue our Qabalistic fairytale.
Dionysus-God of Wine
In Thelema, the elixir is brewed in the Holy Graäl by Babalon(Crowley's gematric spelling) and/or Nuit in Binah-3rd Sephiroth-Understanding and Queen of the Qabalistic fairytale, who then offers it to the Beast/Hadit in Chokmah (the King of the Qabalistic fairytale) and they both Drink/Trinc and become ecstatically drunk. By drinking, they annihilate all sense of separateness and 2 become 1. This intoxication is also one of the "mysteries" of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine and one of the aspects used in Shamanism, where one becomes "intoxicated" on a mind-altering drug, to extend consciousness beyond physical boundaries.
The movement of the Chariot also conceals another 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-Sun) and the Supreme Darkness of the Limitless Light (Dark Energy) at the hidden side of Kether (Crown). Yet, there is even a more complex meaning suggested here, as the Ancient Egyptians believed that the Moon guides the Sun! And in both Greek and Egyptian 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 (Will to form). The cardinal Path of the Moon leads from Tiphareth (Beauty-Solar Logos) to Kether (Crown) is the Path of the Priestess. Water (Pure Energy-in-motion and Intuitive Consciousness) takes precedence here and is represented by the Moon.
Therefore, this is a Higher Path card, and requires much scrying, meditation, and arcane study, so I recommend that you devote more time to this card than a brief lesson. At least, get the books I have recommended in this treatise 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 for Force to become Form. What good is a Universes without Form? Idea is subservient to Understanding, for Life to progress. There is much to consider here if one wishes to "Know thyself!" ·
the Declarative Tarot-Path 7-the Eternal Guardian
The Declarative Tarot- Path - 7- The Eternal Guardian is shown as a Tiger or Tigress, with eyes full of the fire of virtue and self-authority in this card's triumphant background. The Eternal Guardian (the Holy Guardian Angel of Western Magic) sees us as a radiant celestial being shown as the figure with flaming hair who is holding a 4 element "medicine wheel" complete with inner child. This imagery suggests a seed of the future, representing our initiation into Life. The eucalyptus flowers speak in the language of flowers reminding us to stand tall. The eucalyptus tree has flowers that are naturally potent with an inner fiery essence and reminds us that we too can be this way when the 4 elements in us are out of balance, and "become fodder for other's fuel for cause" (Grace Sequoia). The African Secretary Bird, in the foreground, is a bird that reaches 5 feet tall and hunts by stomping snakes in the Savana grasses for food as well as nest protection from those slithery egg eaters. Hence, we are reminded to stomp out of our minds what does not serve us in hatching our True Presence.
The triumphant one enables us (the Charioteer, the Radiant Being), with firmness and vigor, towards the knowledge of what is negative and what is positive, thereby, harmonizing and transforming this knowledge into a driving force. This personage symbolizes the will to act (spirit is Will) in the Material world of Malkuth, bring together the highest qualities belonging to the Psyche (Soul) and body into one controlled movement. However, don't let unrefined emotions or thoughts drag this Radiant Being of the Merkabah/Chariot along. If this happens, pull back the reins, or break this motion immediately from the flight of fantasy, and find the right direction again. Emotion is energy-in-motion and as actors in our own story, thought emoted (expressed emotion especially in acting) becomes the direction we travel in life. Hence, you must willfully control and direct emotion in a growth manner if you wish to live the life of the enlightened and truly know yourself. The Thoth and Declarative Tarot card implies the manifestation of ambition that unites reality and desires.
The Four Universal Elements of Pythagoras.
Vimana-"Chariots of the Gods"- Merkabah.
*These were originally known as “Ratha” before being more commonly referred to as “Vimana” meaning traversing or measured out. Vimanas are flying chariots, or even flying palaces, mentioned in Sanskrit epics and Hindu texts. The Pushpaka Vimana of Ravana, the central antagonist in the Hindu epic of Ramayana, is a splendid example.
Human in Merkabah
Today, the body is seen as encased in the Merkabah in which our inner Solar Hero resides. We connect to our higher mind (inner lord) with clarity of intent and purpose; the 2 Sphinx (shown on left and right of the Thoth card) also representing the forces of light and dark that push and pull in our lives, always seeking resolution in the balance of opposites; the polarizing of our own forces such as, male-electric and female magnetic, shadow and light, inner demons and our divinity, all seeking balance within the Spirit-Mind-Body combination. With inner guidance, we are reminded we are not alone on this journey between the stars, and we do have assistance on the journey to our goals. The Truth being, the Earth is a Celestial Colony and in the Western Hermetic Magic, the Charioteer is called the "Holy Guardian Angel", the Power of Unstoppable Life.
When the Chariot ATU 7 and Path 7-The Eternal Guardian, 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.
- 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.
- The 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!
- Will power when dealing with problems.
- Will to continue.
- Triumph over fear.
- Following your intuition.
If ill defined by surrounding cards, it implies:
- Lack of will.
- Passivity or weakness.
- It may be best to let things run their course.
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