Driving it home


(Simulacrum of a hunky mostly naked, though not actually X-rated, charioteer. Loud gay undertones, and overtones too, but nothing direct about sex. Still, possibly not to your taste.)

Symbological notes on the occasion of a gift from Vadim Temkin: a 2019 calendar using his Gay Tarot of Eons materials, in particular the page for this month, February, with his Chariot card:

(#1) Most obvious phallicity: the spear. Auxiliary phallic symbol: the column. Subtler symbolism: the two horses (testicular symbols, perhaps) rushing onwards, barely controllable (as in an erection — the charioteer as erect penis — rushing towards ejaculation). Crowning symbolism: the Spartan helmet, in an open-faced variant.

(Note: Vadim’s materials use computer-generated images. No human beings or animals were exploited in their creation.)

Spartan helmets. In my 2/20 posting “News for penises: notes on phallophilia”:

#6, comic cover including “stylized Spartan helmets that look like dickheads”:

(#2) Cropped to focus on the helmets (which have no crest)

#8, one such mask, developed from Frank Miller’s 300 comics:


#9, crested helmets from the 1962 CinemaScope epic The 300 Spartans:

(#4) With partially open face and also with crest

Tarot. From Wikipedia:

The tarot (first known as trionfi and later as tarocchi or tarock) is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini, French tarot and Austrian Königrufen. Many of these tarot card games are still played today. In the late 18th century, some Tarot packs began to be used in parallel for divination in the form of tarotology and cartomancy and, later, specialist packs were developed for such occult purposes.

Like common playing cards, the tarot has four suits … Each suit has 14 cards, ten pip cards numbering from one (or Ace) to ten and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave). In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool.

… The 78-card tarot deck used by esotericists has two distinct parts:

— The Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of 22 cards without suits: The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World, and The Fool. Cards from The Magician to The World are numbered in Roman numerals from I to XXI, while The Fool is the only unnumbered card, sometimes placed at the beginning of the deck as 0, or at the end as XXII.

— The Minor Arcana (lesser secrets) consists of 56 cards, divided into four suits of 14 cards each; ten numbered cards and four court cards

The Chariot card specifically:

The Chariot (VII) is the seventh trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.

(#5) The Chariot card in the Rider-Waite Tarot® deck

A powerful, princely figure sits in a swift chariot, pulled usually by two sphinxes or horses. There is often a black and white motif, for example one of the steeds may be black and the other white. These symbolise balance or as some say positive and negative working in tandem. The figure may be crowned or helmeted, and is winged in some representations. The figure may hold a sword or wand, or other masculine symbol

In other decks, a variety of other creatures (or symbols) take the place of the sphinxes or horses, and some decks have a powerful female figure as charioteer.

The Chariot card is paired with the astrological sign Cancer (the Crab), the 4th sign in the zodiac, covering 6/21 – 7/23:

(#6) On the sign, see my 3/16/18 posting “Extended 69”

Vadim’s deck. From his site on the project:

Tarot of Eons: A new 3D-modeled tarot deck by Vadim Temkin (a work in progress)

VII – The Chariot The rider is Ares – the Greek god of war. The Alpha and the vulture, are symbols of Ares, as well as symbols of the beginning and the end. The pillar connects him to temple, and the castle to earthly power. He represents the Victory, but don’t forget – he fathered Phobos and Deimos (Fear and Terror).

Meaning: Triumph, victory, success, trouble. Reversed: Dispute, litigation, failure. ♋

In a YouTube video:

(#7) “Tarot of Eons: complete flip-through with anaglyph. This is the complete deck of Tarot of Eons. The actual card images are on the left side. As the deck was created with 3D modeling software, all the images are inherently three-dimensional. You can see 3D images on the right side with red/cyan glasses.”

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