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Term: chariot


Chariot: One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered VII. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Zayin. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Chariot corresponds to the Hebrew letter Cheth and the astrological sign of Cancer.


The 7th Major Arcanum of the Tarot

Image: a man on a chariot with two horses

Hebrew letter: Cheth

Divinatory meaning: victory, success

18th path on the Tree of Life connecting Geburah to Binah.

Qabalistic Description. The 7th Key, the 18th Path. Child of the Powers of the Waters, Lord of the Triumph of Light. This Path connects Binah (Understanding) to Geburah (Severity), the descent of Spirit into the lower manifest universe. The Chariot, having conquered the lower planes, is the first path to cross the Abyss from the lower Sephiroth. Cheth means a fence or enclosure, which is the Chariot itself enabling its driver, the Higher Self, to rise above limitation through the balance of opposites.

Card Description. Here we have a symbol of the spirit of man controlling the lower principles, soul and body, and thus passing triumphantly through the astral plane, rising above the clouds of illusion and penetrating to the higher spheres.

The colors amber, silver-grey, blue-grey, and the deep blue violet of the night sky elucidate this symbol. It is the sublimation of the Psyche.

Interpretation. Triumph, victory, health. Success, although sometimes not stable and enduring.

Psychological Value This Arcanum may be used to master episodes of manic delusions, and uncontrollable fantasies. It helps you find a balanced, centered path, so that you may discover a personal expression for your spirituality. Thanks to this Arcanum, you can work on every aspect of your unconscious, and bring to light those elements that have been buried deep inside. It fosters gentleness and benevolence. This Arcanum is useful for assisting the Magus who wants to make spells, and it can also be used to resolve fantasies that get out of control. (According the Divine Tarot of Aurum Solis  -  Divinity: Poseidon;  Greek Letter: Psi.)

source: Psychic Empowerment for Everyone, by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D. and Carl Llewellyn Weschcke - Carl Llewellyn Weschcke


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Summary: Not a beginners deck, the energy and passion in the art, combined with a unique focus on the Enochian system that only loosely—very loosely—follows standard Tarot protocols, make this deck a powerful addition to any magickian’s toolkit, ...
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A Brief History of the Tarot
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