The Whole of the Tarot itself, has been called since the time of
Levi, the Book of Thoth.
In the Thoth Deck, The first Key, The
Magician, is called the Magus.
In most decks the magician sports the
wand of Mercury, the Caduceus, which encompasses the whole of the
Sephiroth on the tree of life, except Kether who is represented as the "globe".
The Magician is the Path
of Beth, on the Tree ; Beth meaning "house" and the
Magician represents the original house/dwelling place of the Supreme One
Spirit Identity, which is represented by the O-Fool card in its descent
towards dense manifestation.
The first matter
of the Alchemists was called the Philosophic Mercury, the first in creation
the beginning of the beginning. This card also represents the opposites
of life and death, because to create the beginning, an end must also
be created. So without the energy of the Magician, there would be no
life or death, beginning or end. The Figure eight (lemniscus- Greek word for "ribbon")of the
Serpent crowning his head, represents this unbroken cycle of form and
energy in this universe;known to us moderns as the "Mobius loop". Therefore, the Life energy of the Universe is directed by
the Magician as step 1 in the evolution of Dimensional Matter.
As stated, the Planet attributed to the Magus is Mercury, thus the
winged heals on the Thoth Deck Magus.
Paul Foster Case, in his text, THE THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM
, calls the Path of Beth, the Twelfth Path that is the Intelligence of Transparency
, which is both the Transmitter and the Transmitted, i.e. The Mirror of
which He is both sides...the Message and the Messenger. The Magus tells
us that when the One Energy is transmitted it becomes primal matter,
which is the interaction of Kether, Chokma, Binah transmitted through
Daath (invisible Sephiroth,i.e. Transparent Intelligence) who is not the
Creator itself but the bearer of the Creators Will. Here, the Thoth
Deck Magus is a representative of Hermes (Greek), Mercury (Roman) and
Thoth (Egyptian) who all are the same deity. This Deity was associated
(shown as a dog-faced ape), because a messenger must clearly state the cause of
the one who sent him. However, these Words are vibrational sound and not
necessarily any spoken language. The Magician transmits the Idea of
Self Creation from the One from above, the Words
of the magician
is how its will is transmitted. A word is an intelligence-laden
vibration and the idea of the magician is the first vibration through
which the One Spirit begins manifestation. This vibration encloses the
Spirit and the All. As shown by the two different symbols on the lower
illustration, The Caduceus, encompassing the Four Worlds of Qaballah and
the Sephiroth on the Planetary symbol.
All created wills are but
reflections of the Will that is the Magician. A true Magus must allow
the Primal will to operate through him or her, utilizing all senses. By
doing so the control of the senses by the survival mind of good/and bad
is overcome with the greater will of the One.
Path of Beth (The Magus) is between Kether (Crown) and Binah
(Understanding) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, making it the transition
(Phallus) path of the One undefined Energy, and the Great Organizer,
Binah. Thus, the relationship that establishes the meaning of House,
that is the "dwelling place' (Womb) where Spirit resides before
"falling" into manifestation.
In this case, it is appropriate to
call the Magus "that which builds the House", in other words, the Magus
directs and encloses the One Spirit (Spiral energy-Vital Life Force)
which is symbolized by THE FOOL tarot card. The Supernal Triangle, is
represented by Tarot Cards whose activities are only separated by a
degree or less. Thus, the Aspects of the Magus and the Fool are closely
linked by a degree of separation [For those who wish a glaring example of this "degree of
Separation" it is about as much as the Testes and Phallus are separated
in a human male], albeit it is the One Great Being (Note* to a Qabalist a
"Being" is an Immortal Intelligent Energy") of the Supernal Triangle.
Scholars of the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch), point out that the letter Beth is the First letter, as the book of Genesis begins with "Bereshith", commonly translated as "in the beginning". Interestingly, Fabre d'Olivet
translated Bereshith as meaning "At First, in principle", knowing that
Beth symbolizes the "Beginning of the Beginning"; The Will of the One.
Thus, it is the First Matter of the Alchemist, the Philosophic Mercury
and or "First Principle".
As stated, because to create a beginning one must create
an end, the Magus also represents the key polarities of creation, Life
and Death. This life/death process is also indicated by the figure eight that is lying
on its side (lemniscus) and or Uroboros, the serpent that eats its own tale, as both represent the closed circle of One Energy, begun by the number One -Beth, acting on the Zero-Aleph,
THE FOOL (The Lemniscus symbolizes the Act of Turning upon oneself as a
Twisting or Spiraling-Thus creating Male and Female infinite circles of
Force in the ONE Energy... dimensional Mobius loop). The Magus is thus the action of Kether, because there is no Action in the Crown,
until "Will" disturbs it! Thus the Magus chant of ," I am the will . I am the way. I am the wealth, I own the Day." is most apropos to this card.
[For an entertaining story of the first relationship between the letters Aleph and Beth, i would suggest one reads the Zohar, a Qabalistic text.]
even though the Magus is associated with Mercury, the Messenger of the
Gods, it is not all active. In fact, it is both active and passive, as
it is both that which Transmits and that which is Transmitted ( A phallus)! The Magus represents both the One Life Energy which when transmitted becomes the Prima Materia (First Matter). Here
an understanding of the fact that the Magus (Mercury) is the "message
bearer" of the Gods, meaning he is not Himself the Creator, only the
bearer of his Will. The ejaculatory, if you will. (The whole Supernal Triangle is the action of the Divine Phallus and Womb.). The Wand in The Magician's hand (Golden Dawn Deck) symbolizes this "phallic action", showing that the Magick is merely the Transmitted will of the Greater Being that is the Supernal Triangle or Trinity.
In the Thoth Deck
Card, the Magic Wand of the Magician---is the Magician himself. Giving
us insight into a unseen Truth. The wand has no power, it just focuses
the Will-Power of the One who wields it! The Transmitter and the
The Thoth Deck MAGUS, is often called THE MAGICIAN in other decks or the TRICKSTER Key 1- in The Elemental Tarot.
Here it is Key-One, The Path of Beth; Beth is a Hebrew letter meaning
House or Temple.
The Elemental Tarot- THE TRICKSTER-key 1 is subtitled CONFIDENCE, as it is the Will of the One. The "Egg of Akasha" or Whole of Spirit is shown on the bottom of the colorful card.
The young man shown juggling on the Elemental Tarot card is in a suggestive pose in a clinging red suit, implying his sexual phallic action, virility and self-consciousness. The legs of this virile young man also form a standing number 4, depicting the authority of the Emperor (Key 4), as well as, the Four Alchemical Elements that are uniquely depicted as Fire-triangle, square-Earth, Crescent-Water and Circle-Air. The number 4 also represents the Qabalistic god name of Tetragrammaton.(see A. Crowley's book 777 or Book of Thoth) The dog-faced ape, Cynocephalus, represents words which are trickster like in their communications. The Cup is the Graäl or simple of the Womb of the Goddess, from which all living forms are conceived; also known as the "Will To Form". The yellow mask represents the planet Mercury, suggesting communication of sharp awareness, adaptability and an eye for opportunity. The jagged pathway leading to dark hills, suggest ambition and achievement, all willful pursuits. The Ten Trees, are representative of the Ten Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, that Will establishes. Therefore, will to force and will to form are represented in this cards interpretation.
The quote from Thunder The Perfect Mind (see yesterday's blog for explanation) that borders The Elemental Tarot Trickster, is from an ancient Gnostic text and states the nature of creation itself, as it is both illusion and manifestation; a kind of trick done with "Smoke and Mirrors". For all is in reality, only one, yet seems to be unrelated separates. This may shock many, but individuality is a grand illusion preformed by the One Trickster Artist of the finest legerdemain act ever done; we call it Creation or the Cosmos. Everything is of the same One, therefore,The Divine Creative's Will is the only show in town! The performance seems vast, yet it is from the "Will to Force" and the "Will to Form", respectively the Masculine and Feminine nature of the One.
The Roman, Mercury, is the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian- Thoth; all representing the same deity. Therefore the amalgamation of their qualities having become inseparable in modern esoteric literature.
was always associated with words, this makes sense as a messenger must
simply state the cause of the one who has sent him. Then there is the
Egyptian- Thoth, who reportedly created the Hieroglyphs, developing the
necessary means by which a message could be transmitted and recorded.
The companion of Thoth/Hermes, was shown as a dog-headed Ape
(Cynocephalus), representing words themselves. and their potential for
deception and misunderstanding. Thus, we have Cynocephalus, included in both the Elemental Tarot (being juggled) and in
the Thoth Deck card, laying at the feet of the Magus.
Not only do
words affect the Will, as cause and effect, but they also transmit
ideas from person to person in the same way that the Magus transmits
the idea of Self-Creation of the One -Kether. The Transmitted idea, from
The Magus , Fertilizes the ONE Womb,(Understanding) Great Mother
Binah. Just as words fertilize Consciousness! Thus the power of Words,
is about stimulating the birthing of unconscious ideas into conscious
images of understanding, by the Power of Expression, but not necessarily
the Truth of Creation, for that Must Be Made Manifest (THE HIGH
Okay, this concept may be so subjective, that it may
be difficult to understand. Meditate or Skry this card for a deeper revelation.
When the Magus or the Trickster Key 1 card is thrown it implies in divination that:
- The querent is mentally adaptable, flexible, versatile and ambitious.
- One has a "can do" personality as opposed to those who seek excuses.
- One is wise, skillful and cunning.
- Depending on surrounding cards: one has occult wisdom.
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