On the Chariot

by Tau Aleph

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

The Chariot card in Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot depicts an armored figure sits (apparently in the lotus asana) in a chariot with a bowl of blood in his lap. Four elemental sphinxes are harnessed to the chariot, but there is no sense of motion; all instead seems to be at rest. A canopy over the chariot reads ABRACADABRA. Why ABRACADABRA rather than ABRAHADABRA, the form of the word appearing in Liber AL and other Class A documents?

The meaning resolves itself if “C” is taken as Samekh. The meaning of the bowl of blood is precisely the same as the meaning of the blood-filled skull-cup (kapala) held by Padmasambhava (image), the Tantric Guru or “Beast” of Tibet.

The letter “C” is not a Kaph; it is a Samekh (refer to Crowley’s comments on “HAD”, “SAD” and the South), bringing the total of ABRACADABRA to 473: the three persons coelesced; skull; and millstones. The three persons (Atah, Hua, Ani or Thou, He, I) coelesced relates back to the three kayas or bodies in Tantric Buddhism, the Nirmanakaya, the Sambhogakaya, and the Dharmakaya. Kaya means a body or vehicle of consciousness, and their union is samadhi, which brings us back to the Chariot and explains why it is motionless. The skull has already been mentioned as the same as the bowl of blood (or the cup of Babalon, also carried by the Dakinis (example 1, example 2, close up) of the Tantric tradition), and the millstones are both the wheels of the Chariot and the wrath of God (see Liber Cheth). (Also, the Ninth Enochian Key mentions mill-stones.)

Not only does “Skull” point to the use of the skull-cup in tantra and thus a cognate figure also holding a bowl of blood, it also should have further significance to the Perfect Initiate. Skull is GLGLThA and comes from the root GLGL which means ‘wheel’ which brings us to the millstones or the destructive aspect of the Wheels of the Chariot. It is coincidence that Jupiter is exalted in Cancer? There are three figures on the Wheel of Fortune, which brings us to the next word AThHVANI.

The Chariot crosses the Abyss, it is the Merkabah leading to Union with God, sam-adhi, samadhi. The conventional description of samadhi is that it is that state in which the knower, the process of knowing, and the thing known become one. The relation of that description with the three persons coelesced should be obvious. The Chariot is stationary because one has come to the center of the Wheel. AThHVANI!

One should note that CAD or SAD = 65 = Adonai or the Holy Guardian Angel. Crowley writes of the relationship of this word with samadhi in Crowley’s Eight Lectures on Yoga:

Samadhi, on the contrary, is in a way very easy to define. Etymology, aided by the persistence of the religious tradition, helps us here. “Sam is a prefix in Sanskrit which developed into the prefix ‘syn’ in Greek without changing the meaning-‘syn’ in ‘synopsis,’ ‘synthesis,’ ‘syndrome.’ It means ‘together with.’

‘Adhi’ has also come down through many centuries and many tongues. It is one of the oldest words in human language; it dates from the time when each sound had a definite meaning proper to it, a meaning suggested by the muscular movement made in producing the sound. Thus, the letter D originally means ‘father’; so the original father, dead and made into a ‘God,’ was called Ad. This name came down unchanged to Egypt, as you see in the Book of the Law. The word ‘Adhi’ in Sanskrit was usually translated ‘Lord.’ In the Syrian form we get it duplicated Hadad. You remember Ben Hadad, King of Syria. The Hebrew word for ‘Lord’ is Adon or Adonai. Adonai, my Lord, is constantly used in the Bible to replace the name Jehovah where that was too sacred to be mentioned, or for other reasons improper to write down. Adonai has also come to mean, through the Rosicrucian tradition, the Holy Guardian Angel, and thus the object of worship or concentration. It is the same thing; worship is worth-ship, means worthiness; and anything but the chosen object is necessarily an unworthy object.

To elaborate further, the comment of Crowley’s I originally referred to is the “New Comment” to Liber AL I, 1:

It is also to be considered that Nu is connected with North, while Had is Sad, Set, Satan, Sat (equals “Being” in Sanskrit), South. He is then the Sun, one point concentring Space, as also is any other star. The word ABRAHADABRA is from Abrasax, Father Sun, which adds to 365. For the North-South antithesis see Fabre d’Olivet’s “Hermeneutic Interpretation of the Origin of the Social State in Man”. Note “Sax” also as a Rock, or Stone, whence the symbol of the Cubical Stone, the Mountain Abiegnus, and so forth. Nu is also reflected in Naus, Ship, etc., and that whole symbolism of Hollow Space which is familiar to all. There is also a question of identifying Nu with On, Noah, Oannes, Jonah, John, Dianus, Diana, and so on. But these identifications are all partial only, different facets of the Diamond Truth. We may neglect all these questions, and remain in the simplicity of this Her own Book.

Love is the law, love under will.

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