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Tarot Card Comparisons-Shadow Series: Thoth Tarot- Magus-key 1 and The Shadow Tarot-key 12/ Baratchial.


The Thoth Deck MAGUS, is often called THE MAGICIAN in other decks. In Qabalisitic Tarot the Magus is Key-One, The Path of Beth. Beth is a Hebrew letter meaning House or Temple.

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
The Path of Beth (The Magus) is between Kether (Crown) and Binah (Understanding) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, making it the transition (Phallic) 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.

Therefore 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 Qabalistic Supernal Triangle (Top three Sephiroth on the Tree of Life), 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. 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.

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". Because to create a beginning one must create an end, the Magus also represents the key polarities of creation, Life and Death. This process is indicated by the figure eight that is lying on its side (lemniscus) and or Uroboros, the serpent that eats its own tail; as both represent the closed circle of One Energy begun by the number One -Beth acting on the Zero-Aleph, THE FOOL (The Lemniscus, is the Greek word for Ribbon and  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).

The Magus is the first action, 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, i.e. the ejaculator, 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.
The Roman, Mercury, is the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian- Thoth, all represent the same deity, 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- Ibis headed 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. Therefore, we have the Avant Guard-Cynocephalus, included 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. Therefore 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)!

To reiterate, THE MAGUS is the Path of Beth (house or temple), and it transmits  the idea of Self-Creation of the one from above-known as Kether (Crown). A spoken word is a sound that carries an idea, so the Magus is associated with the "First Vibration".
 The First Vibration encloses Spirit, beginning the process of creation, thus encompassing all that is.
In the Golden Dawn papers, this idea was conveyed by relating the Mercury symbol (planetary sign) to all the Sephiroth, with the exception of Kether. 
You may note that the "...Horns spring from Daath", often called the invisible Sephiroth but really, it is conjunction of Chokmah (Great Father and Binah (Great Mother), a face to face union,  that creates what is  called "the Divine Child". This union is understandable, since Wisdom (Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) conjoin in the birthing of Knowledge (Daath). 
Consequentially the showing of Mercury on the Caduceus, properly places the Four Worlds,[ Atziluth, Briah, Yetsirah and Assiah --see past blogs), that are transitions of the Wand of the Magus. Kether is the Winged Orb at the top. By deeper delving into the Golden Dawn tests, the student will find that the Primum Mobile, Latin for "first motion",  is acting through Philosophic Mercury (Magus) on Saturn-Binah, who is Will to Form or as I like to call her, "The Womb with a view". As before stated,She is the Mother of Form and the Magus is the "Idea of Being" and/or Will.

The activity of first motion acting on Saturn-Binah, is words or Vibration and whoever can willfully direct the Vibration of the First Motion, (often refereed to as to "Pronounce the word-YAHVEH") Shall "command the Universal Force". This Mastery of the Universal motion, is called the "moves-Moves" among certain Native American nations, and/or the "motion within the movement" of the Mysteries. Quantum physicists would call it the "Dark energy that pushes the Universe", while Qabalists call it the Magus.

Paul Foster Case, in his Book of Tokens, stated that, "all created wills are but reflections" of the Will that is the Magus. This is an essential ideal of the Mysteries and acknowledges the fact that our Superior Nature (Divine I) acts through the Magus.

In the Crowley card, unlike the Golden Dawn card, THE MAGUS  is not holding a Wand, the primary instrument of the MAGICIAN cards; Rather, THE MAGUS is the Wand, He is the Phallus, without a human body, which Crowley understood. This Subjective Phallus, is not an object. All Objects are formed by Binah, who is Will To Form. 
Victorian sensibilities has softened the ancient depictions of Hermes as the Herms, that were upright stone slabs with a bust and a very large stone phallus curiously attached to the front of the column. This acknowledgment of "First Motion" is also shown in Lingam worship of the Hindus and or the Phallus- God Priapus of the Romans.

Without the Transmitted Will of the One, Understanding of an idea, cannot become a Form of Understanding. This is a complex idea, and requires deep meditations on THE MAGUS  card, and also a release of Victorian  sensibilities, as we are describing the First SEX Action in the Universal Duality. That Action, produced our Higher Self called Daath, Knowledge, who is the Divine Child of the union of Will and Understanding; the Self Concept of I AM ME. Here, the I is the Will and the Am is the form of that Will and the Me is the manifestation of the Union. 

is the "other side of the Mirror" and is key 1 of the Thoth Tarot. The author of The Shadow Tarot says, that one must subtract the number 11 from the Shadow Tarot card to get the appropriate match of other Tarot decks. Therefore, 12-11=1, The Magus of the Thoth Deck.

The Shadow Tarot Key 12- Baratchail, is and attempt to depict the Dark psyche reached by Shamans through the use of psychedelics.  Cynocephalus, the ape shown in the Thoth card, is shown dark and has deposed the will of the Magus, by using instinctual manipulation of the formative elements. These are not the elements of the Solar Consciousness but the elements of the Collective Unconscious of the Void; i.e. Dark Alchemy. These dark elements are used to dissolve ego, alter consciousness and to see beyond the frequency veils that separates the dimensions. Linda Falorio has depicted these dark elements on her Bratchial card.

 The dark- fire element in the tunnel of Baratchial, is represented as  Amanita Muscaria, a toxic chemical agent purportedly used by witches, sorcerers, and shamans to aid in astral travel.
The Dark Water Element, is represented as Bufo Marinus whose toxic properties [bufo-genin, bufotoxin, bufotenine] extracted by boiling oil, are 150 times more powerful a heart stimulant than curare. This is a sea-toad extract, a toad venom, that is known to the Chinese as , "Ch'an su" and is also used by the Amazon Indians of the upper Orinoco, as a hallucinogenic snuff (nasal inhalant).

Air, is crapaud de mer, of the Dark Alchemy, is represented by the puffer fish or "fugu"  tetrodotoxin.  This is a deadly neurotoxin 160,000 times more potent than cocaine. This is the chemical that purportedly creates the living dead of zombie legend.

Earth, is the human skull and tibia shavings, both the traditional ingredients of dark preparations. This element can be seen held in the hand of the dark ape.

None of these hallucinogenics,  is sanctioned by Qabalists, as journey's into the depths of the Abyss, the Dark Psyche of the Collective unconscious, without controlled will and the hard learned discipline of focused sight, can lead to disaster. By doing certain Prana Yama practices, Tantra Yoga or "sex-magic" rituals, the body produces the proper bio-chemistry to reach willful manipulation of consciousness, safely entering the tunnels of Baratchial without negative results! It is best to skry these cards to enter these tunnels of Set, rather than apply hallucinogenics and hope to achieve the same results. For one can be overcome by the Flowing Forces of The Great Inane, and sucked into the Void of Oblivion. What fun is that?

That being said, if one still wishes to  chemically explore the Tunnels of Baratchial, one should become an attentive student of a well traveled Shaman such as Carlos Castaneda had done with his teacher Don Juan.

  • When THE MAGUS  or The Shadow Tarot-Baratchial card is thrown during a reading, it implies :
  • Communication and timing and that all things are possible, with applied Will and understanding.
  • There is an implication of the magic of Universal Vital Force traveling through the human body making one in-tune with the most creative and powerful aspects of your-Self; As above,so below.
  • Changing the structure of your living situation by focused action:  Will and focused consciousness.
  • An awareness of Power, and possession and communication  of the Powers (Focused will that fertilizes creativity in ones self and others) and Gifts of Spirit (Divine senses).

  • Realizing that the ego and the consciousness are products of bio-chemistry that are affected by the individual subconscious mind, the Collective Unconscious and the animal nature.
  • Here is the power to willfully manipulate consciousness through biochemical means, exploring unknown worlds within and evolving into unknown future selves.

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