The Manara Erotic Tarot- key 7-The Chariot (Il Carro).
The Erotic Tarot of the World-famous Italian artist, Milo Manara, illustrates the Tarot-Key 7-The Chariot, as an actress, riding a Movie Camera, the vehicle of her fame, through the fires of erotic desire. Here, the motion picture camera is her phallic partner, used to create the mechanism for her to carry her image into the World. This coincides with the explanation of a person's character by *Emerson. Also, the number 7 is that of Venus, a goddess of beauty and desire. In a way, Milo is showing that the Desire of the Will to Form is the projector of a "mirror image" universe.
*Ralph Waldo Emerson was a renowned American essayist, philosopher, and poet who had many insightful thoughts on diverse topics, including the concept of motion. While Emerson's work primarily focused on transcendentalism and individualism, his ideas can be related to the concept of motion in a metaphorical or philosophical sense.
In Emerson's essays, he often explored the idea of change and the interconnectedness of all things. One of his famous quotes that can be related to motion is:
"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."
This quote suggests that our perception of the external world is influenced by our internal state or spirit. In a way, it implies that motion and change in the external world are reflections of the inner changes or movements of the human spirit.
Emerson also emphasized the idea of self-reliance and the importance of trusting one's own instincts and intuition. This self-trust can be seen as a form of internal motion or movement towards personal growth and understanding.
While Emerson's writings may not directly address the scientific or physical aspects of motion, his philosophical ideas can be interpreted in a way that relates to the broader concept of movement and change in both the natural world and the human experience.
Thoth-ATU 7-the chariot
The Thoth Chariot represents the Universal Key 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, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
The spinning disc in the hands of the charioteer symbolizes the wheel of fortune (esoterically the dual-Grail of red and blue) that we have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves. It is also known to be the "Grail Keeper" of the Blue Grail-Water, and the Red-Grail of Mother's blood.
The ten crystals on the golden armor represent the ten powerful positive choices of the Ten Sephiroth on the Qabalist' Tree of Life; The crown, which is "the crowning achievement", wisdom, understanding, mercy, severity, beauty, splendor, victory, foundation, and kingdom, in that order. These ten states of conscious energy are multidimensional movements and repose that are known as "Our Greater Self".
The Chariot- ATU 7-is the 18th Path of Cheth or Chet on the Tree of Life, the word Cheth means enclosure, or fence and is that enclosure which the Chariot provides for the Charioteer.
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 it moves through all planes.
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 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 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 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. Here also is the Merkabah, the "flying chariot" of the Ancient Astronaut-The Anu-who " from the heavens came to earth" and were called the Anunnaki by the Sumerians.
Geburah, is often symbolized with a Pentagram, or five-pointed star, which has the Four Elements crowned by the Spirit. 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. In the Thoth Chariot card there are Four Sphinx, and four columns (Four Universal Elements) holding up the starry canopy or heavens of Binah (The Great Mother- Empress Card key 3). These 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 Arcane.
Above the Golden Armored figure on the Thoth Card is a crab, symbolizing the sign of Caner 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) adds up to 418. Using the math of numerology, we do the sum, 4+1+8= 13, the Key 13 of the Death Card of great spiritual change. Hence, motion and 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 Soul Warrior of Geburah has reached a pinnacle, as shown by the ten 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 when using our Imagination to produce ideas, i.e. the womb with a view. In the Hermetic Qabalah of the Western Mysteries, this card is known as the "Holy guardian Angel" of the individual personality.
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 (Dark Energy) at the hidden side of Kether (Crown). Yet, there is even a more complex meaning suggested here, as the Moon guides the Sun! And in both Greek Mythology and the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the sun is subordinate to the moon. Since the Chariot is 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. 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 scrying, meditation, and arcane study, so this author recommends 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. Idea is subservient to Understanding, for Life to progress. There is much to consider here if one wishes to "Know thyself!"
When the Chariot 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.
- 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!
- 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 too short for a more profound understanding of this Powerful symbol for Self-movement and much more study is required.
- Out of control desire.
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