In the Whole of the Tarot
itself, has been called since the time of Levi, the Book of Thoth.
In the Thoth Deck,
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, except Kether, on the Tree of Life. The
Magician is the Qabalistic 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. The Magus is the Fool descending towards dense manifestation.
The first matter of the Alchemists was called the Philosophic Mercury, the first in creation,
the beginning of the beginning. The Thoth and Babylonian Magician 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/Magus, there would be no life
or death, beginning or end. The Figure eight (lemniscus; Greek for
"ribbon") of the Serpent crowning the Thoth Magus head, represents this unbroken
cycle of form and energy in this universe.
THE BABYLONIAN TAROT-THE MAGICIAN/EA:
Uses the illustrations sacred to the ancient Sumerians. The Sumerian, Enki was the Babylonian EA and was "Lord of the Earth". Being both King of the Underworld and Lord of the Waters, he was as the Thoth Magus, both Life and Death. His ram headed Wand, shows his "Ram-like" power and the planetary symbol of Mercury is shown on the lower right of the card.
Being the son of the sky god Anu (Kether- on the Tree of Life)
and the primal sea goddess Nammu (Binah-on the Tree of Life), EA's domain was called Apsu; the freshwater abyss that was thought to surround the earth and supply all the waters of springs and rivers. Being that he was the main divinity of all the waters, and that water was the source of all fertility, great abundances and most treasured, EA was known also as a great friend to humanity, giver of wisdom (made man out of clay etc.) and protector of man kind who shielded the human races from those gods who wished them harm. In the story of Atrahasis, EA helped mankind escape the Great Flood (long before the Noah legend).
EA had many titles:
- He was called Nudimmud, "One who creates".
- Also, nissiku, "far sighted".
- "Lord of Wisdom"
- "Maker of fire".
- "Sage of the gods".
- "Lord of incantation", which links The Magician Card to Words, and Hermes, just as in the Thoth Magus.
In the Sumerian story of "Enki and the World Order", the god of wisdom organizes every aspect of the civilized world by delegating responsibilities for irrigation, fishing, agriculture, weaving, and most other occupations to the various other gods.
The Life energy of the Universe
is directed by the Magician/Magus as step 1 in the evolution of Matter. He is called the Transparent Intelligence
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 became 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. This primal matter is also shown in The Babylonian Tarot illustration as water (Transparent Intelligence) and fish that are springing from EA's shoulders. Fish, in the Gnosis, Alchemy and the Qaballah, is the symbol for the "first matter" and/or Thought.
Therefor both The Babylonian and Thoth Deck Magus are representatives of Hermes (Greek), Mercury (Roman) and Thoth
(Egyptian), and EA (Babylonian) who all are the same deity. This Deity was associated with words,
because a messenger ( Babylonian "sage of the gods") must clearly state the cause of the one who sent
him. However, these Words are vibrational sound and not necessarily any
spoken language. Therefore, The Magician/Magus transmits the Idea of
Self Creation from the One from above, the Words of the
magician/Magus are how the Intelligence of the Sephirotic will is
transmitted (In Babylonian Tarot the Will of Anu is transmitted through EA).
is an intelligence-laden vibration and the idea of
the Magician/Magus is the first vibration through which the One Spirit begins
manifestation. This vibration encloses the Spirit and the All of
Creation (or is the "waters encircling the earth"). As shown by the two different symbols on the
illustration of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, 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/Magus.
A true Qabalistic 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.
Thoth Deck Card, the Magic Wand of the Magician shown in other cards, is the Magus
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.
Since the Qabalistic Path of Beth (The Magus) is between Kether (Crown) and Binah
(Understanding) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, this "middle ground" makes 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.
It is therefore appropriate to
call the Magus "that which builds the House",(or in the Babylonian EA's Case, "that which builds the Waters") 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 (Kether, Chokmah and Binah), is
represented by Tarot Cards whose activities are only separated by a
degree or less. Thus, the Aspects of the Magus/Magician 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, albeit the One Great Being (Note* to a Qabalist a
"Being" is an Immortal Intelligent Energy" or a god such as EA to Babylonians).
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", also represented on The Magician of the Babylonian Tarot as Fish. Because to create a beginning one must create
an end, the Magus also represents the key polarities of creation, Life
and Death. As stated this process is 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. 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 Magician/Magus 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 Magician/Magus is associated with Mercury, the Messenger of the
Gods, it is not all active. In fact, it is both active and passive (just as Water), as
it is both that which Transmits and that which is Transmitted ( A phallus, represented by the Magicians wand).
The Magician/ Magus represents both the One Life Energy which when transmitted becomes the Prima Materia (First Matter).
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 The Divine Creative's Will. The ejaculatory,
if you will. (The whole Supernal Triangle is the action of the Divine Phallus and Womb or Chokmah And Binah or the Babylonian Anu and Nammu).
The Wand in The Magician's hand (Babylonian 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. ( Transmitted Will is shown as a bird in the Sumerian Clay Tablet image).
The Babylonian EA, Roman Mercury, are also the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian- Thoth,
all represent the same deity, the amalgamation of their qualities having become inseparable in modern esoteric literature.
as was the Babylonian EA, 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 Ibis headed
Egyptian-Thoth, who reportedly created the Hieroglyphs, developing the
necessary means by which a message could be transmitted and recorded.
The companion of Thoth, was shown as a dog-headed Ape
(Cynocephalus), representing words themselves and their potential for
deception and misunderstanding. Thus, we have 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/Magician transmits
the idea of Self-Creation of the One -Kether. The Transmitted idea, from
The Magus/Magician, Fertilizes the ONE Womb,(Understanding) Great Mother
Binah or Great Ocean Mother. 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
- The act of experience.
- Willful direction of organized thought.
- Ideas/thought becoming manifest.
- Willful strength
- Mastery, skill, wisdom, intelligence, adaption, dexterity, self determination.
- The ability to control one's environment.
If ill defined,
- Lack of scruples
- Abuse of power.
- Controlled by outside forces.
- Weak willed, indecisive, timid.
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