Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The Rider-Waite version - A Star-crowned Charioteer, tousled locks, and fair of face. He stands beneath the Sky - Canopy, a mundane king drawn by Sphinx who sport black and white. In the background a wealthy city stretches along the horizon.
Within a winged shield a red 0 & 1 , the great cosmic fuck-fest, binary and binary systems. This transforms into a spinning, active representation in the Book of Thoth version below. The Age of Reason and Static Sciences bleeds into the New Quantum Aeon. The Red+Blue provide another checkerboard motif, though far less usual than the B+W version. The Checkerboard motif = any on/off, 0/1 pattern, not necessarily just the Chess-Board. The Yi-Jing with its DNA resonance, its On/Off nature resonates strongly .
In the Book of Thoth version the Charioteer, vizored, puts forward a far different charioteer. Anonymous, it represents the human that is borne upon the Chariot of Life. Before it the criss-cross animalia = the DNA heritage we receive from all life on this planet, perhaps solar-system. As humans = Universe, we = all animals and beings upon this green-blue orb as well as our mind, invisible, faceless, unknowable MIND - The ADM if u will - human pattern integrity.
DNA has 4 'famous' nucleic acids - Adenine-Thyamine, Guanine-Cytosine. Their initials = ATGC which by syncromodius recirculation flings forth Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer -the 1st four Zodiacal elements, influenced by the initial characters of their respective elements - Fire,Earth,Air,Water. With the checkerboard motifs played out by these intermingling beasties I get the idea of the interlocking DNA matrix.
Thus Man as integrity projects into DNA to 'appear' as a human being, enclosed within the watery shell as described by CANCER, the sign influencing this card, shaped by that persons 'checkerboard' DNA pattern configuration -
I felt like collating the Chariot related imagery and thoughts and thus born from depths of the electronic maelstrom - this.
The Chariot - a tarot card , given to , or corresponding with the Hebrew letter Ch - 8. Perhaps showing my lack of mystic acumen, I don't see how it can be the 7th card. Why the Tarot cards should fiddle around with 0=1, 1=2, 3=4, criss-crossing the Hebrew and Latin numerals, I have no idea. Personally I think AC was taking the Mick-Key.
Hebrew 'letters' have to be spelt in full, and the full form of Ch = ChYTh , which sounds somewhat like hHAyt, a hardish H, slightly gutteral, but not Kh, even though the English transliteration seems to indicate that.
ChYTh = 418 = ABRAHADABRA - the word of the AEON, accorded to us by the eminent mountaineer , spiritual and mundane, Aleister Crowley. The word translates from the Hebrew as 'fence, enclosure' which seems to go well with its corresponding astrological symbol - CANCER - The Crab. With different diacritic marks and grammar the word seems to mean ' BEAST' or 'LIVING THING' as in Genesis Chapter 1, verses 24&25.
Above a young and necessarily innocent Charioteer proffers a Cosmic Cube. Her face expressionless like the vizored chap in the BOOK of THOTH
What of the Chariot - a vessel, a carrier, from the Latin CARRUS. The word weedled its way in or out of Breton , and the Chariot-maker became known as the CARPENTER thus alluding to the Charioteer as some kinda Jeesus.
I include many forms of transport within the Chariot motif - A Ferry , Taxi, Airship, anything that carries. Latin 'ferre' means to carry, bear and this includes the Light-Bringer -LUCIFER, The Christ-bearer -CHRISTOPHER, Water-bearer - AQUIFER, Cone -bearer - CONIFER as well a s the family of words like INFER, REFER, CONFER etc. rounding with FERTILITY carried by our imaginations.