Thoth- ATU 7-The Chariot
#7. Living from that Will, supported by its unfailing Wisdom and Understanding, mine is the Victorious Life.
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. -Emerson
The Thoth 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, the 4 wheels, and the 4 animals. These 4 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 Grail) that we have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves. Actually 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.
The 10 crystals on the golden armor represent the ten powerful positive choices of the10 Sephirotic Beings on the Qabalistic Tree of Life; The crown, which is "the crowning achievement", 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". When this card is thrown during a reading, it generally 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 too short for a more profound understanding of this Powerful symbol for Self movement and much more study is required.
THE CHARIOT- ATU/ Key 7
The Thoth Chariot 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. In the THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, The Great Western Qabalist 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 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 defends thee Is the radiant Darkness of the Limitless Light, too brilliant for thine eyes. The Darkness that 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 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 4 Kerubim (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.
Geburah,the 5th Sephiroth-Severity, is often symbolized with a Pentagram, or 5 pointed star, that has the 4 Elements crowned by the Spirit. 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. 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.
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 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 Geomatria (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.
Crowley understood that something martial is going on in the Psyche of the Seeker themselves. Much like the Bhagavad Gita, 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 10 stars/Crystals on his golden chest; the number 10 represents Assiah or Matter. Seated in meditation, with the Holy Graäl 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, that represents the "Mother's Blood" of the Microcosm. 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 "magic fluid" in the Womb that all children are formed in and from. Here also is 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 times most ancient, it was believed that Vultures didn't mate, for in each bird was both sexes, and they produced their young alone and unmarried. Therefore, the Vulture produced a child of internal marriage of 2 perfectly balanced things and/or 2 in 1.
One may ask "What the hell is TRINC the last orical"? 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, his partner's 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 posses 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.
In Thelema, the elixir is brewed in the Holy Graäl by Babalon/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. Of this I'll say no more
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 Sun is guided by the Moon! And in both 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. 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.
Therefore, this is a Higher Path card, and requires much skrying, 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 in order 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!" ·
Haindl Tarot-Key7-The Chariot
The Haindl Tarot-Key 7- The Chariot, uses a red boat as the enclouser of the rider rather than a red wheeled chariot. The upper left displays the Hebrew letter Cheth (fence) and the Rune Hagall (hailstone) along with the symbols of the Moon and its changes. Lower right is displayed the sign of Cancer.
Hagalaz. The rune Hagalaz is the first rune in Hagall's Eight/Aett. Hail. Water is transformed due to weather conditions into hail. Rune of transformation and change, due to forces outside your control. Hail, however, may be a disruptive or destructive force.
Above the boat and the stormy sea, is an image of a mythical beast that both wolf and boar. It signifies one's deepest fears, both wild and unnameable. Therefore, implying a contest before one's goals are reached.
When the Chariot ATU/Key 7 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.
- Triump over fear.
If ill defined by surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl), it implies:
- Lack of will.
- Passivity or weakness.
- It may be best to let things run their course.
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