The CHARIOT



Marseille Chariot
From Jean Dodal's 'Marseille' Tarot (c. 1701-1715)


He rides, resplendent, encased in finery
His identity certain, his steeds reigned
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 reigns when the time is right?


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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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