Posts Tagged ‘Chariot


Magic Chariot Ride

Continuing the exploration of Chariot cards from the decks in my collection, the following cards depict the transformative vehicles that the Charioteers harness as they challenge and transcend the boundaries of being.

Masonic Tarot

Tarot Magów

El Tarot del Arco Iris

Rumi Tarot

Elemental Tarot

Holmsen Tarot

Crowley/Harris Thoth Tarot

Zigeuner Tarot

Tarot of the Sephiroth

Maroon Tarot

Diary of a Broken Soul

Basque Mythical Tarot

Rock Art Tarot

Tarot of the Four Elements

Yeager Tarot of Meditation

Let the sounds of Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” take you away as you go for a ride on these magical Chariots!

(Words and music by John Kay and Rushton Moreve)

I like to dream, right between my sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near, to the stars away from here

Well, you don’t know what we can find
Why don’t you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride
You don’t know what we can see
Why don’t you tell your dreams to me
Fantasy will set you free
Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound take you away

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Chariots of the Cards

The imagery of the Chariot cards in Tarot decks can be among the most creative and dynamic in a deck.  The Chariot card can represent the emergence of the will through controlled mastery and direction of the physical.  This can be depicted as a cosmic vehicle in which the material self and the spiritual self converge to journey on new pathways of expression and discovery.

The Chariot is the vehicle where man becomes superman, where the material expresses the spiritual (and vice versa), and the terrestrial meets the extraterrestrial.

Here are some of my favorite cosmically inspired Chariot cards:

bifrost Tarot

Trascendental Tarot

Cosmo Meditations Tarot

Fractal Firebird Tarot

Strange Tarot

Langustl Tarot

El Gran Tarot de los Tattwas

Wheel of Change Tarot

Tarot of Cosmic Consciousness

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Being the Chariot

One of my most sacred activities is the exploration/discovery/revelation of a personal mythology through the medium of Tarot.  I have found that working with and meditating on Tarot symbols and artwork is a powerful portal that connects me to aspects of the universe that I resonate with and learn from.

As part of that path of discovery, drawing my own Tarot artwork is the most direct and rewarding way for me to reveal that personal mythology, which I feel we all have as a unique yet connected part of our individual and collective being.  

(For an excellent example of this exploration and discovery through Tarot artwork, see Marie White’s Tarotsmyth blog.)

Here is a draft of my exploration of The Chariot card.  The Charioteer IS the Chariot, blazing new paths as he explores the universe. The imagery is in part inspired by the aspect of the superhero, part Superman in his confidence and strength, and part Dr. Strange in his magickal explorations and studies of inner and outer dimensions.


Strange Tarot - Chariot - draft

Strange Tarot - Chariot - draft


Tarot Czterech Żywiołów

Continuing my exploration of uncommon and noteworthy Tarot treasures, the Tarot Czterech Żywiołów (or Tarot of the Four Elements) is an intriguing Polish deck published in 2000 by Janusza Wieloboba (writer) and Amos (artist).

The imagery on many of the cards is reminiscent of the Crowley/Harris Thoth deck. An interesting “twist” on the Court cards are figures depicting both the upright and reversed meanings.  There are also some small scenes or figures on the bottom of several of the Major Arcana cards which provide additional hints to the nuances of the card’s energies.

The cards are quite small (92 x 56 mm, 3 10/16 x 2 3/16 inches), and although that makes it a good travel deck I wish there was a larger version so that the expressive artwork could be better viewed.  I recommend having a magnifier handy when viewing this deck to gaze more deeply into its magickal charms.

Here are some sample cards (slightly enlarged):

Chariot and Justice, showing influences of the Crowley’Harris Thoth cards.  Also note the small figures on the bottom of the card which embellish the cards reversed meanings;  the Chariot reversed meaning is Waywardness (the trampled knight under the horses), and Justice reversed meaning is Savagery (the combative figures).

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Chariot & Justice

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Chariot & Justice

The Princess of Cups has an upright meaning of “Trust” and a reversed meaning of “Envy”; on the reversed image she is choking the swan!  The Prince of Disks (which once again shows the influence from the Thoth deck) has a upright meaning of “Heavy Work” and reversed meaning of Phobia; the reversed Prince seems tired of that heavy work and appears to be taking a nap.

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Princess of Cups & Prince of Coins

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Princess of Cups & Prince of Coins

The Ace of Swords is quite similar to the Thoth Ace of Swords, and the 8 of Wands displays a very energetic arrangement.

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Ace of Swords and 8 of Wands

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Ace of Swords and 8 of Wands

The Tarot Czterech Żywiołów is a fascinating (but hard to find) deck.  You may be able to find it from the Tarot Garden.  It is worth the search.

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