Thursday, February 10, 2011

Atu VII - The Chariot

The Chariot

Despite the illusion of movement, this is a card of quiet contemplation.  It is akin to the Knight in the Middle Ages taking the night of vigil before setting out on a quest.  Making certain of the steps, centering to spirit, holding the Wheel of Fortune aligned with the solar plexus, chance can guide us, but we must have a clear energy center to follow the true path.  Preparation for change, anticipating change, staying centered and positive in the midst of things around you.  Personal integrity in all things.

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 VII - The Chariot.

"Inner direction coming from deep within. Balance extreme emotions. It's a concrete Chariot, it can break through anything."

"The 4 sphinxs at the front of the chariot remind me of the sphinxes in stories who ask the hero riddling questions; in turn this makes me associate this card with curiousity & the desire to learn & explore & ask questions of everything. Sometimes this can be confrontational & insensitive; but this is just part of the inexperience of the he proceeds on his journey, he learns to ask more of himself."
corrina elliott

"This is beth the house, connecting kether with binah. The number of thy house is 418. You have one red circle on this card and two on XX in the aleph position, supporting this card to be # one and the other to be 2=0. 418(=VII) + 300(=XX) = 718, the number of the stele of reveialing. This card, from another point of view also represents Hadit, whereas XX represents Nuit, but still VII is the house = the khabs".

"In my mapping (see discussion forum) this is the magus ruling the four Elements. He himself doesn't stand in front of the table where the elements rest, but joins them sitting on the table. You can see the sun (grale) united with the moon. There is a qoutation of the Lovers of the Rider Waite Deck by transforming outer parts to inner parts. When I saw a Jewish Wedding Ceromony on tv, I recognized the baldachin on the card. Under the baldachin is the place where bride and groom meet! The grale unites the wand, the cup, and the disk, thus representing the word spread."

"On the card, visible but concealed from casual observation, one can find the magic word ABRACADABRA. According to J. E. Cirlot in A Dictionary of Symbols "abracadabra" comes from the Hebrew "abreq ad habra", meaning "hurl your thunderbolt even unto death". This indicates the driver's level of commitment; nothing will stop him once he has finished his meditation, selected a destination and set out upon his chosen course".
John Hallyburton

"The nomad war machine, charging forth aimlessly, breeching borders, re-territorializing new ones. Outlaw, curiosity manifest as rage, hidden from view and heavily armoured, the Chariot is intent only on movement, having no identity. He and the Emperor make a particularly dangerous pair: The Chariot's swiftness and rage interspersed with the Emperors might and resources generate the seeds of fascism."
Clay Fouts

"In ancient times, one of the most skilled professions was the chariot driver. The word yoga means to harness. The word Yugoslavia is a derivative and refers to the harnessing of the slavics. The chariot is about handling change and forms with skill and aplomb. To immerse yourself in the "chapel perilous" with your spiritual armor intact, and a keen sense of direction. The challenge of this card is not to be afraid to close your eyes, open your heart, let down your guard, and walk by faith. It is inherently a left-brained card, but too much cancerian caution and armor, and not enough letting go can be bad. Finally, this card is a good indicator that a seeker tends to narrow their path/search quite well, but they may need to work on broadening it, thus developing their intuition, as opposed to merely acting upon instinct or education."
Robert S.

"The Chariot is courageous and a creator of excitement. He loves moving and traveling. He thrives on change and bores easily. Things move very quickly around the Chariot. He is challenged by his fear of failure, and his possesiveness."

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