The Thoth Tarot- The Chariot-key/ATU 7:
Is representative of the Qabalistic Path of Cheth-meaning fence or enclosure, on the Tree of Life, which is 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, shown on the Thoth Tarot Card, by the four Sphinx with different animal faces, each element having four sub-elements (cubed).
The Chariot itself is Kether as Geburah, the Throne of the Soul, which 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 and/or the "holy guardian angel" who is protected from the Abyss by the Limitless Light of Kether, a vibrational form of energy that the Soul rests on.
The Thoth Chariot is ruled by the sign of Cancer, a Water sign (the crab on his helmet) and it is the Pure Water (Pure Consciousness) of the High Priestess (Key 2), who rules the Invisible Sephiroth-Daäth, that is the Fence or Enclosure and/or Womb , shown as blue oval rings around the chariot, that protects the Soul in its journey from the Higher to the Lower planes of manifestation. The Soul/Psyche is the Self of ourselves, it is our individual emanation of the Supreme Spirit Identity from Kether. The Soul being the "Solar Warrior" as shown by the Golden Starred Armor, is led by the Moon. Keeping the Tradition of the ancient Egyptians, who believed that our Sun followed the Moon across the sky. In Metaphysics, which would be the Divine Creatrix leading the Solar Warrior.
The wheels of Geburah (an 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) force of the Universe and/or Creatrix, we can see that the Chariot is the combination (the Marriage of Kether-Chokmah- Binah that is the Supernal Triangle of the Above) of Photon force and the Spiritual Psyche-Photon 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 nature of the Watery-Magnetic Mother of all Form, protects our Soul from dispersion back into the Limitless light (Dark Energy Creative) which is Darkness, a non-identity to us. Here, the Solar Warrior is a golden sun in the center of a Rose-colored Lotus. The Rose Lotus is a symbol of the Divine Creatrix. Here, the Solar Warrior is racing along the sky with shooting stars, and a Heavenly Steed.
She/Binah, is the Vessel, Womb, Cup or Grail (that is in the hands of the Thoth Golden Knight on the Chariot) both blood red, Blood of Mother-Grail and water blue, Womb of the Red Goddess/High Priestess-Grail, both comprising the engine that moves our now stable soul-self through the Universe, allowing us a Psychic-conquest on all planes of energy! Such an engine of Psyche, makes each of us the inheriting Golden-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 "Psyches of Form"; we are both Masters of Form and Masterpieces and as far as She is concerned we are her "Most Beautiful Children", her Mercury/Magus and have been given her Property---The Qabalistic 4 Worlds of Manifestation, as Trusted Keepers!
We are Souls; a collective of personalities of uncertainty created from the Photon Sun of the Milky-way's Galactic Core, who is the Logos that creates and operates Self-Image in the Name of Abracadabra (According to Crowley: Abrahacabra) that is seen woven into the canopy above the Thoth Golden Knight-Soul. Crowley states that Abrahacabra/Abracadabra is-The Vibratory word of the Aeon, The Great Work. Crowley called, Abrahacabra, "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) Abrahacabra adds up to 418 which equals 4+1+8=13; the Key 13 Death card. The Holy Grail is the "vessel of all Form", from which the Psyche drinks, (the Wine/blood of Imagination) giving form to our thoughts......which become the Self-Awareness of I AM ME, me being a free choice of manifestation. We have what we call "freedom of choice", because we are born in the Uncertainty of the Quantum side of the Universe. Here, rather than atomic laws, the Quanta, such as Photons, are under the auspices of what Physicist choose to call the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Uncertainty gives us the freedom to create our own identity, for the Infinite, having no measurement, is indeed uncertain of what it is, it just knows that it IS, i.e., I AM...!
Now I know all this can be confusing, as there are so many ways to describe these cards, who have been created out of the gathering of so many symbols, over time, as they are incredibly old images of invisible forces that are fascinating but almost incomprehensible to our reasoning brain who demands rules, such as geometry. That is why we must practice raising the Serpent Force within to awaken the normally unused portion of chromosomes of our brain. The Kundalini can be seen as the "original Will-Word of God" / The Logos of Light, and Abrahacabra, and must flow over and through our brain as the marriage of the Lust of the Great Fiery Creative and the encompassing Waters of the Priestess before we manifest the comprehension of the Greater Self. Don't fret the brains heat, 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. You, each, and everyone, are Force/Psyche and Forms of Light comprised of all the seventy-eight images in the Tarot Deck. The Tarot is YOU, not the man-made you, that indoctrinated one who is a reaction to your ruler- defined environment, but the Powerful You that is the action that changes environment. You came To Expand and Liberate the survival mind of earth from its animal existence into the Higher Existence of the Immortal Soul/ The golden warrior of Creation.
In the Psyche sits 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 an animal looking for its soul, something it will never find, since the finite are definitions from the infinite and are unable to define the infinite in their time-limited thoughts. We are souls/solar self who own a body, not a body looking for a soul.
The Chariot tarot card represents the Solar Warrior Soul who defines being---but is not defined by being. For those who wish to add more power to ritual, one should understand the Tarot Card correspondences of the Tree of Life.
Correspondences: 7-The Chariot & 2-The High Priestess.
The Chariot's astrological sign is Cancer, and the astrological planet of the High Priestess is the Moon, the ruler of Cancer. Remember, the Tarot is about polarities; Will to Form (female- magnetic) and Will to Force (male-electric). In this association, the Chariot is the form of -I feel.
The astrological Motion of the Moon (High Priestess) is- I seek myself through what I feel. It also helps us to remember that all the Major Arcana cards have a receptive form (female) and fiery motion (male) and are thus androgyny. In correspondence, the form of one card will often correspond with the motion of another.
There is also an association with Rune-stones (another popular divination). For the Chariot, the Rune correspondence is Ehwaz (or eoh-e), the rune of movement, gradual progress, dwelling places, and horses. This Rune looks like a capital M.
“The mind will trust the body; the body will trust the mind.”
Ehwaz – “eh-was” – Literally: “Horse” – Esoteric: Trust
Rune of harmonious teamwork and trust. Rune of pairs of entities working together for a common goal.
The Rune for the High Priestess is Othila , the rune of retreat, separation, inheritance, and the home.
“We inherit ourselves.”
Othala – “Oh-thall-ah” (Oeoel-oe)– Literally: “Homeland” or “Ancestral Lot” – Esoteric: Inheritance, estate, noble
Rune of ancestral spiritual power, divine inheritance, and earthly estate.
Primary colors are, Orange Yellow, with secondary colors of gold, white and silver. The corresponding Chakra is the Spleen Chakra or Navel Chakra (second chakra) which governs emotion, movement, pleasure, polarities, nurture and nurturing, socialization, sexuality, choices, pride, fear of rejection, and provides our life energy and vitality.
The corresponding stones/minerals are gold, silver, platinum. Also amber, pyrite, golden beryl (topaz), citrine, all orange-yellow chalcedony, clear quartz crystal, diamond, moonstone, pearl spinel, white coral, opal, zircon, and gray or white fluorites and chalcedony.
Musical notes: Chariot-D# and the High Priestess is -G#
The Qabalah Hebrew letters are Chariot- Cheth-Meaning -Fence. Cheth is also described as a simple letter-Speech while the High Priestess, in the Qabalistic Text-Sepher Yetzirah it is described as a -Double letter- meaning War-Peace.
The Tree of Life Paths are Chariot- Cheth, the House of Influence. For the Priestess, the path is: Gimel, the Uniting Intelligence. The meaning of the letter Gimel is camel and the meaning for Cheth is -Fence or Enclosure.
The plant essences: The Chariot-Coriander, carrot, labdanum, Roman Camomile and for the:
High Priestess-Camphor, lemon, and jasmine.
The psychic energy (magic abilities) generated by this correspondence is; Clairsentience (clear feeling) which is the ability to feel others' emotions. Since this can be perceived both consciously or sub-consciously, often the clairsentient can become moody and confused without knowing why. By applying all the above correspondences (one stone or mineral) with the Mandala that is the Tarot Cards, meditation/ scrying can be charged to enhance "magic abilities".
Further, The Tarot-Key- 7: THE CHARIOT is:
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 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 Thoth charioteer, also symbolizes the wheel of fortune/The Goddess Fortuna (The blue water womb of birth/nurture Mother and the red-fire womb of Sex/ Death/reincarnation Mother) and means that we as Psyche, born of the Solar Father and the Water Mother, have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves.
The ten crystals on the golden armor of the Thoth Charioteer represent the ten powerful positive choices of the Ten Sephiroth on the 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".
In the THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Paul Foster Case stated: The Eighteenth Path (The Chariot) 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.
To reiterate: 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, which wraps our Soul in the Golden Armor of Protection so that the Psyche can be carried through the un-manifested Universe, and/or Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The Chariot is the enclosure that holds the Soul in a state of peace as a harmonious collective, as it 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 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, a physiological change within the body.
The Thoth Deck 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.
Geburah, is often symbolized with a Pentagram, or five-pointed star, which has the Four Universal 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). These four Pillars 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.
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 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 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.
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), as depicted in the White and Dark horses that pull the Night Sun Tarot's Chariot. Yet, there is even a more complex meaning suggested here, as the Moon guides the Sun! And in Egyptian mythology, Greek 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 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.
The Chariot 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 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" for electric Force to become electro-magnetic Form; Idea is subservient to Understanding, for Life to progress.
Yet in more examination: In the Thoth Tarot- 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, 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 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, on the Thoth card, is 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. The Canopy on the Spell Caster's Tarot is the Macrocosm.
The four Sphinxes that are drawing the Thoth Chariot, have the heads of the Four Kerubs, The Bull, The Lion, The Eagle, and The Man. They represent sixteen sub-elements rather than just four, since in each Sphinx these elements are counter-changed.
The amber-gold armor or the bright blazing golden light of the Charioteer, on both cards, also represents the sign of Cancer. The reins are not in the Charioteer's 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 and/or the instruments of the All Mother, as shown on the Thoth Tarot as Spinning Chakras and the Spell Caster's Tarot as a Rose colored lotus. The Thoth Grail looks like a Blue and Red Chakra in the Charioteer's 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 the Thoth Charioteer's chest as an inheritance of the celestial dew of the mother.
Cancer may be known as the House of the Moon, but Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer. This concept is illustrated on the Thoth Tarot Card, 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 vice versa. The Chariot is 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 "fiery" 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 relevant today, requiring much study. " To know thyself, is to know God"; describes the mystery of the Qabalah.
When ATU 7- The Chariot card is thrown during a Tarot divination, the querent is or will be soon experiencing:
- Health, success, triumph, and victory. All of which shall be a combination of stillness and activity.
- There is a principle of self-mastery through change and movement towards a goal.
- In other words, winning one's own way.
- Self confidence that propels one to victory.
- In the next 7 weeks or 7 months, the querent will be making changes in their job, or home or travel.
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.
- 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!
If the accompanying cards are ill defined, then none of the fore-mentioned qualities will be stable and all will be short lived.
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