THE MAGUS & THE TRICKSTER: The Elemental Tarot and Thoth Tarot Card Comparisons.
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THE MAGUS & THE TRICKSTER: The Elemental Tarot and Thoth Tarot Card Comparisons.

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 with words (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.

The 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.]
However, 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 Transmitted.
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.
Hermes, 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 PRIESTESS)!
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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