The Chariot: Waite’s Symbols

We return to our series of posts regarding the symbols in the Waite Colman Smith tarot deck with the Chariot. Waite seems to be spending quite a bit of energy on distinguishing the Chariot from the High Priestess. The theme of Waite’s Chariot is mastery over this world, and most decidedly not mastery of the spriritual world. Why has he spent so much energy on this argument? My theory is that it’s a further step away from the kabbalah-leaning early interpretations of the Golden Dawn to the his Christian/Celtic re-interpretations. Exhibits “A” and “B” are the Urim and Thummim on the pauldrons (shoulder armor).

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