The Hebrew word Merkabah (“chariot”, derived from the consonantal abjad root r-k-b with general meaning “to ride”) is used in Ezekiel (1:4-26) to refer to the throne-chariot of God, the four-wheeled vehicle driven by four “chayot” (Hebrew: “living creatures”), each of which has four wings and the four faces of a man, lion, ox, and eagle – the archetypes through which we have passed in our previous lives yet which still provide our Base as in Base Chakra. They represent the Horse part of the Centaur, the Lion part of the Sphinx. Our animal side is the basis of the selfish competitive ego. Our animal side is the basis of our evolving divinity as the Lotus has its roots in the mud and floats on the surface of the water..
These archetypes provide the foundation of the Tower of the Antahkarana which reaches upwards through the levels of the astral and buddhic planes to the highest energy which is the one God with 10,000 names.
These archetypal energies can also be taken over by people as in the Nagual Carlos Castenada where his helpers locked arms around him to allow him an energetic configuration to access the levels of the astral plane. We are composed of functional colonies of angels. As we purify these colonies of the their trauma caused negative karmic mass we then become able to fuse in more colonies for greater power transmission abilities and greater functionality.
Several movements in Jewish mysticism, including the Ma’asei Merkavah of the late Greco-Roman period following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, and later, students of the Kabbalah, have focused on these passages from Ezekiel, seeking underlying meaning and the secrets of Creation in what they argued was the metaphoric language of the verses. Due to the concern of some Torah scholars that misunderstanding these passages as literal descriptions of God’s image might lead to blasphemy and/or idolatry, there was great opposition and censorship for studying this topic without the proper initiation. Jewish biblical commentaries emphasize that the imagery of the Merkaba is not meant to be taken literally; rather the chariot and its accompanying angels are analogies for the various ways that God reveals Himself in this world. They are visions of an underlying reality which can only be comprehended by personal vision in meditation.
Hasidic philosophy and Kabbalah discuss at length what each aspect of this vision represents in this world, and how the vision does not imply that God is made up of these forms. Jews customarily read the Biblical passages concerning the Merkaba in their synagogues every year on the holiday of Shavuot, and the Merkabah is also referenced in several places in traditional Jewish liturgy.