7: Ithaqua;

the Chariot.




As we now meet the Card that is in every Deck The Chariot, the image portrayed with Ithaqua is descriptive of the meaning of The Chariot in the Lovecraft Deck, and how it is interpreted as an original statement in the system which we here study. The Chariot is a Card that has one distinct meaning in all systems of the Tarot, but here Ithaqua conveys a unique and individual meaning, as the Lovecraft system of the Tarot makes a statement as to its own meaning, as every Card here has meaning not conveyed by any other Deck.

        The image that this Card depicts is quite simple, being a Wizard controlling Ithaqua as the Elemental of the Wind. It is what we can read into this Card which is important, though. With all of these descriptions which we have defined the Card according to its graphical depiction, and interpreted its meaning according to our Mythos, in terms of what these images can tell us if they are seen as being symbols accessing a deeper meaning. Our reference to the Tarot describes the meaning of The Chariot as being “success and victory achieved through hard work and application… self discipline and clear thinking” (The Tarot Workbook, Nevill Drury), and this is true when we define Ithaqua.

        With this idea taken into account, then, my interpretation of this Card represents primarily the use of magick to the worship of the Gods of The Necronomicon, and how this magick effects our natural environment. Ithaqua represents the power of such magick, and the power of humanity to control these esoteric forces that are around us.

        But Ithaqua is the Goddess of the elements, and the elements are stronger than man. Drawing this Card in a reading could mean that those forces which we wish to control are stronger than we are, and if this is to be the case when drawing Ithaqua, then this should be taken as a warning. Whilst the magick of the elements is stronger than any magick that can be employed by people, Ithaqua is more often symbolic of the power of the Magus in the context of the situation around us.

        The Goddess that is the ‘Wind Walker’* states that even if we cannot control our natural environment (as no one can control the weather), we do have purposes at our disposal, and we therefore have some degree of control over the environment around us; although the message with this Card is that the degree to which we have this control also depends on the circumstances. Ithaqua tells us that, as the worshippers of the Necronomoicon Gods, our magick has effect over what would usually not be the case. Despite representing a situation that our lives are always in the hands of higher forces – our magick does have its effect – and our religious system is as relevant to the worshippers of the Necronomicon Gods, as is any other system in aspect of the worshippers involved in such systems of religion.

        The most important point to be made with the Card of She who controls the wind and weather, is that the elements, as here defined, will always be stronger than man. In regarding Ithaqua properly, we are prepared, and have a level of control. But this Card can warn us that, as the practitioners of magick, if we do not take care, then we risk being swept away by forces of eternity.

        The Tarot describes Ithaqua in terms of psychoanalysis here, saying “…Ithaqua is the archetype for the human mystic… [T]his is the paradigm for the human ability to… raise oneself up… out of the mundane realm which merely receives and reacts to these influences.” In terms of describing itself with this, the theories of the psychiatrist CG Jung come into play, although to describe the Card in the context of psychoanalysis is outside of the scope of this book.

        In ending the short description of this Card that is given in the Introductory Book, the Tarot relays to us the concept that, “[I]n another mode of expression, one no longer reflects illumination, but becomes part of the original direct ray of light.” A poetic statement from the Tarot, although it doesn’t bring us any closer to a meaning as to what is represented here*…

POSITIVE READING: The Card defined as Ithaqua is that of The Chariot, and – in this respect – can always be read as being the same as The Chariot with every other Deck. This similarity stops here, however, as every Card in the Lovecraft Tarot has its own unique definition, as the occult of The Necronomicon is a single system of magick of its own.

            In respect of being The Chariot, this Tarot defines Card 7 with the description of “The Hero’s Journey”. Should we, then, regard ourselves (or the person who the reading is for) as being the Hero as defined in this respect? As we are all of us on a journey through life, this Card could be representative of ourselves in the normal situation, the normal context of life, whatever else the reading may forecast. The Tarot furthers this definition, elaborating that the definition here relates to “human action in & on the level of the Archetypes.” Without relating this Card in terms of the Jungian implications in such a statement, this reiterates the idea of the Magus in the normal situations of our everyday lives, as the Journey of the Hero, whatever this may relate to*? This is another example of how the Lovecraft Tarot can be vague in terms of defining its own meaning above what is usual in other systems, whilst defining a meaning very much of its own.

        The Lovecraft Tarot can also be quite vague in terms of exactly how the descriptions of the Cards can relate to an aspect as to what is forecast in the future, which is the usual reason for a reading to be done, although this has to be seen in the context of our Deck being dedicated to issues of the Lovecraftian. Here the Lovecraft system is again unique, telling us that its interpretation of The Chariot defines “The Mystic Journey; shamanism, mysticism, meditation; Astral travel”. Here it is understood that this Card continues to integrate with the study of The Necronomicon, defining this as being directly a matter of human interaction with the Great Old Ones as our chosen form of worship. It may be worth meditating on this, and also the other Cards of this Deck if we intend to work with these spheres; although these issues are not discussed in the HP Lovecraft Tarot, and therefore remain obscure.

        The idea that this Card in a Reading, can relate to a situation of ‘normal everyday life’, is implicated again when the Tarot defines “Mundane & materialistic ambitions”. So with this we should accept it as the statement of the Tarot being defined here as such.

        If these definitions were to be anything negative, then the same issues would be defined under the description written as a Negative Reading with another Card. With Ithaqua we should be grateful for home comforts. The definition of Ithaqua, in a Positive Reading, ends by saying that there will be “aspiration for worldly success and achievement; the road to success.” This is the situation of normal day to day life. We are contented and at home, and plans for the future, at home and at work, look as if they will be successful. Use of magick will also emerge as being positive. There should be no need to worry about issues that can be seen as being mundane.

NEGATIVE READING: Ithaqua is the Card that represents the ‘normal situation’ of home and of work. From what we have so far studied, we can assume that Ithaqua represents personal choices that we make about ourselves, and our chosen path in terms of our future intentions. This situation of home, work, and everyday life is followed with this Card, although in the context of a Negative Reading we are warned of being “Trapped in mundane cycles of reflex & reaction; passivity; indifference, apathy.” With this statement we are thinking in terms of a situation we’ve all been in. Work, TV, everyday repetition is beginning to take over, and Ithaqua warns us to get up and do something. Mundane repetition is something we can sort out if we try, and Ithaqua says that this is now the place to do so.

        This definition can go further than the mundane cycle of work, TV, and so forth, and when things do so it is a more serious situation. “Spiritual apathy & indifference to the aspirations of the Soul” is defined, and now we see the situation as being on a spiritual level. In terms of worshipping the Gods of The Necronomicon, this should be taken as a warning. Either our worship is resulting in nothing, or we should look towards engaging in ritual worship to change the situation. Maybe this is Ithaqua making Herself known, and telling us that now is the time to get up and make changes in our lives?

        The definition of Ithaqua ends in terms of speaking of our personal and spiritual path in life, and warns of a situation described as “Insouiance, lack of care or responsibility; lack of motivation & ambition”. All of this tells us that we are getting involved with negative cycles in life, and that all of these issues are circumstances where we have to wake up and make changes. Ithaqua is not an evil Goddess. She makes the future clear, as worship involves our situation and everyday life.

* A note should here be made about Ithaqua and the issue of Her gender as part of the religious regard of The Necronomicon. In making a study of Ithaqua in Mythos literature, I have found that reference to the gender of the ‘Wind Walker’ is often obscure, and that there is no general consensus as regards sex. Therefore I have chosen to regard Ithaqua as a Goddess for these purposes, as it suits me as regards this study.

* In describing Ithaqua, the definition given in this part of the book has taken some diversion from defining the Card closely as according to the Introductory Book. This is because interpreting Ithaqua as the Goddess of the Wind has, I have felt, defined the meaning more closely as according to the Introductory Book in the description of the Positive and Negative Readings, which follow below the main definition of this Card.

* The term ‘Archetype’, in this context, is vague, and refers to the ideas of the Psychiatrist CG Jung. This study of the Tarot, to be developed towards the study that I intend to develop in a coming book, is intended to discuss the work of Jung, in relevance to the Lovecraftian, in a Volume in construction, which will be called ‘The Astral Tarot of Starry Wisdom’. In the context of this Volume, however, the term ‘Archetype’ is probably best seen as being a term for the Magus in aspect of becoming closer to Mythos Gods. In this aspect the Jungian is descriptive of the quotation, ‘The Journey of the Hero.”