The CHARIOT







Marseille Chariot
From Jean Dodal's 'Marseille' Tarot (c. 1701-1715)
Rider-Waite Chariot
From the Rider-Waite Pack
by Pamelea Coleman Smith (1909)



He rides, resplendent, encased in finery
His identity certain, his steeds reined
Ready to take him on his journey.

His carriage is steady, a support for his bearing
As he looks out on the World from under his helm:
This is safety, status, surety, leading

Through the ways that are maps of his life.
Do his trappings become him, or he them?
Will he loose the reins when the time is right?









Both Waite and Crowley replace the horses drawing the chariot with sphinxes (following Eliphas Levi).
But the horse is too strong an expression of elemental life for me to follow them in this interpretation of arcane cabbalistic lore.
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