The Magickal Title of this card is Child of the Powers of the Waters, Lord of the Triumph of Light. The path of the Chariot runs from Geburah to Binah. It is "Understanding acting upon Severity. Saturn acting through Cancer upon Mars." This watery path is an intense one owing to the fact that by following the route of the Serpent on the Tree, the Chariot is the first path to cross the Abyss from the lower Sephiroth. In essence, the path represents a conquering on all the planes of existence. The Chariot has the ability to move through the planes with ease. It alludes to the descent of the Spirit into the lower, manifest universe.
The Ritual Tarot emphasizes the Chariot as the Vision of the Merkabah, the chariot which in Jewish mysticism carries the throne of God. This theme also has ties to the Vision of Ezekiel which describes the appearance of four living creatures. These creatures had the faces of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle. Next to each creature was a wheel, "Like a Wheel within a Wheel." Both the wheels and the creatures moved simultaneously, therefore the card is one of constant movement and shape-shifting. This is the Vision of the Kerubic (elemental) energies "coming into view" of the material universe.
The Chariot is gliding through space; pulled through the planes by two horses, one black and one white, which represent the dualities of positive and negative forces. The horses are controlled by a sphinx-headed armored figure who is the King ... the Yod of Tetragrammaton. His face is divided into a half-black, half-white mask signifying the further balance of positive and negative, for it is the union of opposites which powers the vehicle. The sphinx represents the Higher Self, and the Spirit pentagram above his head reaffirms the idea that the Kerubic energies of the four elements are crowned and guided by Spirit. The figure is not holding the reins, but controls the horses by his will. On the front of the Chariot is the symbol of the Sun, which alludes to the Greek myth of Helios, the Sun chariot, pulled across the sky by horses. Within the Sun is an eagle's head in the form of a cup to emphasize the watery nature of the path. Above it is the crescent of the Moon and the sign of Cancer. Together, these three watery symbols indicate that it is the Moon (ruler of Cancer) which guides the Chariot.
The lower part of the card is colored in shades of orange, because the path of Cheth, the Hebrew letter given to this path, is yellow-orange. The orange tones also allude to Geburah, while the upper part of the card is indigo and represents Binah, complete with the rings of Saturn. These rings are the Vault of the Heavens into which twin spiral pillars disappear. Red flaming Shins, symbolizing the martial aspects of the path, dance around the entire vision.
Interpretation in a Tarot Reading
Triumph. Victory. Health. Success though sometimes not stable and enduring.
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