Re: The Chariot
Posted: 27 Mar 2020, 07:38
:-) ... Actually this is a place for chariots and not for Fortitudo presentations.
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Hi Mike, thanks for visiting my website and investing time in our discussion!mikeh wrote: ↑29 Mar 2020, 22:35Anne-Marie: I scrolled down with interest your gallery (well, I think it is yours) of 50 paintings at https://www.anne-marie.eu/en/fifty-extr ... symbolism/
Of relevance to tarot symbolism are your analysis of the tree and ascending snake as kundalini symbols in some of the paintings at the end of this series.
The serpent of Moses was a kundalini serpent . Being bitten by the serpent is using the kundalini energy for sensual pleasure (letting the energy dwell in the belly), which will lead to spiritual death (animal consciousness). Lifting the serpent on a pole, is letting the kundalini rise to the crown, which will bring (spiritual) life.mikeh wrote: ↑29 Mar 2020, 22:35The snake on a cross is by way of Numbers 21:9, "fecit ergo Moses serpentem aeneum et posuit pro signo quem cum percussi aspicerent sanabantur" ("Moses therefore made a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: which when they that were bitten looked upon, they were healed.") It was taken as a precursor to Christ's crucifixion. It is in juxtaposition to the snake on the tree in the Garden of Eden. The wavy columns behind Jesus in one of the pictures you showed us may allude to both connotations.
Of course the church fathers did not commission kundalini symbols in their paintings. This was done by the artist (a freemason probably) and they had to be careful, so it is often subtle. I understand historians want prove, but I don't think you will find something written on paper to confirm it.
The temperance card shows the flow of the kundalini energy from the pelvis to the head. You are refering to this card: This card is full of kundalini symbolism. Maybe I will write more about it when I find time. But for now, this illustration (from Atalanta Fugiens - Michael Maier 1617) shows the alchemist fishing coral (kundalini) out of the water (of the subconsciousness). Coral is a apt kundalini symbol because of its color red: the color of the first chakra, where the kundalini resides.mikeh wrote: ↑29 Mar 2020, 22:35Another detail in one of the paintings you show is coral on a string. That detail also appears on a 15th century tarot card thought to be Temperance, although it is not an attribute of Temperance in particular. You can find the discussion by using the search tool and putting in "coral".
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Nathaniel wrote: ↑08 Apr 2020, 03:43I just came across this illustration of Petrarch's Triumph of Fame, showing a figure holding a baton, seated on a chariot drawn by a winged horse. The image is apparently from a French manuscript from the 16th century, which is neither the right country nor the right era to provide strong iconographic support for interpreting the PMB Chariot card as Fame. ...