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18. cheth

(the chariot)

Cheth is the path of destiny between Binah, the formative potency of the universe, and Geburah, the enforcer of cosmic law. Through the Pillar of Severity, Binah's understanding of spiritual purpose is manifested as will in Geburah.

Cheth means fence or enclosure, the container or 'house of influence' in which spiritual essence is received. Geburah teaches that our true and strongest will is the will of God, and Cheth is the process of receiving it from Binah. Complete receptivity is the secret of the most powerful manifestations of will. Cheth is the path of the heroic warrior whose sword is guided by destiny, not blood-thirst.

In the vision of Ezekiel, the container is described in terms of the four kerubim or living creatures - man, ox, lion and eagle - the elemental energies of the manifest universe, each with a wheel and a throne beside them. Together they form the Merkabah, the Chariot which carries the throne of God (see tarot trump below), and which contains and protects spirit in its movement through the planes. When we open ourselves to become warriors of divine will, we are protected and guided by spirit.

Meaning of Letter: Fence. Enclosure. Type of Letter: Simple Letter: Speech. Value: 8.
Place Between Binah and Geburah in the Pillar of Mercy, opposite to Vau.
"32 Paths of Wisdom" "The Eighteenth Path is called the House of Influence (by the greatness of whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings is increased), and from the midst of investigation the arcana and hidden senses are drawn forth, which dwell in its shade and which cling to it, from the cause of all causes. "
Tarot Trump 7. Chariot. The Child of the Powers of the Waters. The Lord of the Triumph of Light. The Grail. Law of receptivity and will.
Virtue / Vice: Explorative / elusive. Astrology: Cancer.
The four worlds Atziluth Briah Yetzirah Assiah
Meanings of Trump Questing Secretive Focussed Moving
Colours Amber Maroon Rich bright russet Dark greenish brown
Tarot affirmation 1: "By harnessing all my efforts toward my goal, I will be victorious".
Tarot affirmation 2 "I am the Chariot, able to achieve anything".
Magical symbols Furnace. Grail. Chariot.
Body Right rear neck. Anterior pituitary. Endocrine in general. Outer growth disorders. Past life recall.
Mythology The warriors of the Bhagavad Gita. The chariot of Helios, the Sun, moved daily across the sky pulled by four horses. Shiva in his fire chariot. Ezekiel's vision (chariot of fire, the four kerubim). Nereid.
Other symbols C(D?) Sharp. Thyme. Nasturtium. Cherry tree. Crab.


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