Posts Tagged ‘Tarot


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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Close Encounters of the Tarot Kind

One of the most wonderful aspects of Tarot is the range of visions that utilize the Tarot as a framework for creative, spiritual, and multidimensional encounters.  A fascinating example is the Tarot Trascendental deck by Juan Albiol, published in Spain in 2009.

The images on this deck feature strange hybrid creatures amidst Bosch-like alien landscapes.  A kaleidoscopic mix of humanoid/extraterrestrial, organic/inorganic, and esoteric/scientific imagery keep you entranced (and perplexed) as you explore the deck.

The major arcana depict somewhat traditional scenes, but from an otherworldy perspective:

The minors really take you on a trip to strange worlds and even stranger beings:

Trascendental Tarot - Minors

The more you gaze on these cards, the odd landscapes and composite creatures become strangely familiar, as if you had encountered them from fleeting dreams, or perhaps from your past or your future!?

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On my recent birthday or Year day as I prefer to call it (another Year on this plane-t),  I pondered on the existential subject of “Why”, as in “Why am I here… at this place… at this time…”  (or maybe I was influenced by having just watched Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life”).

I then narrowed this meditation even further, and focused on the letter “Y”.

Visually, the letter Y depicts both a convergence and divergence.  Looking at it from top down, Two paths converge into One.  Viewed from the bottom up, the One diverges into Two.  Or viewed from the center, the One point at the crux of potential of what was / is / will be.   Y is the only letter in the English language that functions as both a vowel and consonant, demonstrating its morphic transitional nature.

In reflection on my birth/Year day, I performed a Tarot meditation on “Y”, using the Intuitive Tarot. The 3-card positional spread I used as an overlay or structure to this Tarot meditations was:

Receive / Integrate / Transmit

Intuitive Tarot: Knight of Discs / Hierophant / King of Discs

Intuitive Tarot: Knight of Discs / Hierophant / King of Discs

I was immediately struck by the positioning of the figures:  looking back, looking inward, looking forward.  Past / Present / Future.  These figures are symbolic of the intersection of the “Y”, the Past (Knight of Discs) and the Future (King of Discs), connected through the bridge of the EverPresent, the Infinite Now (the Hierophant).

  • The Knight of Discs:  Air of Earth, reflecting on the twists and turns that his travels on the wheel of life have taken him.  His conical helmet is flat topped, indicating a sense of restraint (self-imposed?), and the ring of gold at the top shows his dedication.  His gaze is analytical and stern, yet juxtaposed against a backdrop of strange geometric shapes, suggesting he has experienced and has an affinity with the unusual.  Perhaps he is realizing that life shapes and transforms itself in unpredictable yet creative ways, in order to transform and inform the beholder. The incoming branch of the Y.
  • The Hierophant:  A bridge between spirit and matter, an external guide to the inner light and outer limits. He provides the keys to open the doors of perception. The central support pillar of the Y, the Y- beam, the I-beam, the Inner Eye Beam.
  • The King of Discs:  Fire of Earth,  a seasoned leader with the perspective of experience, and a passion that is tempered and direct.  His crown radiates with solar energies, showing he is infused and in tune with creative forces.  A respected patriarch who provides guidance, impetus, and inspiration. The outgoing branch of the Y.

Receiving these 3 cards on my Year day gives me guidance on what has shaped me, what is within me, and what I can transmit to others.  The gifts I received from these 3 Wise Guys (Y Guys, Guide Y-ers):

  • Be receptive and learn from different perspectives.  Learn from the past, and move on.
  • Integrate the inner I to cross the bridge from inner to outer purpose.
  • Use your experiences to transmit guidance, foundation, and inspiration to others.

Progress !!

I periodically perform Tarot readings for my self, as a meditative interaction, a time of spiritual play and reverance, delighting in the random coincidences.  Often I choose a word or phrase as the focal point for these tarot interactions.

For a recent reading, I chose the word “Progress“.   Progress as a verb, as in “going forward”.  I want/need to Progress in many areas of my life.  For this reading, I used the Intuitive Tarot, by Cilla Conway.

The card I pulled was: the 2 of Rods.  Traditionally, the 2 of Rods (or Wands) is often associated with initiative, boldness, originality, commanding attention. Certainly appropriate themes to foster Progress!

And then I looked more closely at the specific imagery on this card.  And then I smiled, and glowed, and realized what day it was (Jan. 19, 2009, MLK Jr. day), and the momentous event that was about to take place the next day (Jan. 20, 2009):  the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States!

The card depicts a tall, lean, dark, regal figure standing atop a hill (Capitol Hill?), holding an orb in his outstretched hand, reflecting on the state of the world. In the background there appears to be a vast multitude of faces, of many colors.  A larger orb glows at the top of the card, like a spotlight or Sun.

2 of Rods

Intuitive Tarot: 2 of Rods

The scene is like a leader or actor on a great stage, pondering and expressing a vision of progress. The 2 parallel rods or bars crossing the orb could represent the 2 great leaders (Martin Luther King and Obama), and the ladder they have helped to build in the climb towards unity.  The 2 bars crossing the “O” is somewhat reminiscent of the Obama campaign logo.

I normally do not relate personal readings to public events, but the symbolic impact of this card, and of this moment, gave me a tremendous lift and feeling of positive transformation as we all work towards Progress, for our selves, for each other, and for the world.


Intuitive Tarot

The Intuitive Tarot by Cilla Conway is an evocative and transporting deck, providing unique and exotic perspectives into common and uncommon Tarot imagery.   Each image is framed in an oval window, which is like a glimpse through a dimensional portal into iconic scenes.

Per the accompanying book to the deck: “… we can see oureslves reflected in them:  a mirror world, which shows us as we are, and as we can become.”

The artwork in the Intuitive Tarot is simple yet other-wordly, populated with angular angelic/alien figures in dreamlike landscapes.  This is similar to my own artistic style, so I find myself easily “drawn in” to the imagery.

The Intuitive Tarot waited on my shelf for 4 years before I started to explore its strangely familiar portals.  Those portals now beckon to me…  perhaps you will also open these doors of perception, and break on through to the other side….

Moon - Sun - Judgement

Intuitive Tarot: Moon - Sun - Judgement

One of Rods - 4 of Swords - 3 of Cups

Intuitive Tarot: One of Rods - 4 of Swords - 3 of Cups

8 of Rods - 10 of Discs - Knight of Discs

Intuitive Tarot: 8 of Rods - 10 of Discs - Knight of Discs

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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



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