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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key1- The Magus & The Connolly Tarot-Key 1- The Magician

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Deck Magus is design on the Graeco-Egyptian Gnostic tradition. When these philosophies modified each other, they advance the idea further than any other traditions.




The Egyptian Mercury was called Tahuti or Thoth and in that tradition he was Ibis headed. To the Egyptians, the Ibis was the symbol of concentration (meditation) because the bird stands  motionless on one leg. In the Crowley form of Thoth, he is seen bearing the phoenix wand that symbolizes resurrection through the generative process.

Shown in the depiction of the Thoth Magus, his left hand holds an Ankh which not only represents a sandal strap [the means to travel through worlds] which is a distinguishing mark of the god-head, but also the Ankh (crux ansata) represents the Rosy-Cross; symbolizing the Phallus-Yoni union that is the God-head and/or The Divine Creative.

However, this is a deeper mystery than most fear-based thought or divisionism, is prepared to go. So only those of determined will need apply their brain to such studies that will lead them to the central mysteries of the Aeon of Osiris, whose great secret, so diligently guarded from the profane, was that intervention of the Male is necessary for the production of children (no immaculate conceptions).

In other words: The "I " ( will to force-Masculine) intervened with "Am" (Will to Form-Feminine) to produce the offspring of Force and Form, called a "Me" (Will to be-individuality). The well studied student of the mind knows that words, the instruments of Thoth and communication, are not truth but illusions, fantasy, mere theories and even trickery  and the symbol of this card can be studied and seen as : Manifestation implies illusion.

In 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, except Kether, on the Tree of Life. The Magician is the Qabalistic Path of Beth, on the Tree.  Beth, meaning house or temple, and the Magician represents the original house/dwelling place of the Supreme One Spirit Identity, which is represented by the O-Fool card. Therefore, 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. Therefore the Magus 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 for "ribbon") of the Serpent crowning his head, represents this unbroken cycle of form and energy in this universe.

The Life energy of the Universe is directed by the Magician  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.

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, 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. 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; 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 of Creation.
All created wills are but reflections of the Will that is the Magician.

A true Qabalistic Magus must allow the Primal will to operate through him or her, utilizing all senses; to do so means traveling the Sephiroth to the Primal Will. 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.

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 are therefore, one and the same.

Those who practice the Higher Arts in the Gnosis of Qaballah are called Magi. The Magi or individual Magus, "Stand for Mankind" as a full Tree of Life, that is both Force and Form; of all the Planes of Conscious Energy.  For those who think that reading a few books will qualify you as a Magus, I am sorry to say, "Not"! For it is a union of Kether with the very molecules of your body where the Above flows through the below in a figure eight spiral ribbon, which is called the lemnstrate. This union requires many great trials and tribulations , called "initiations" which are required in order to awaken this "sleeping giant" that resides in your individual DNA. Oh by the way, this is included in the Great Work of "As above and so below", as our DNA is both "from those who from the sky came" (Annanaki- "fallen angels") and from earth, forming the "Twin Serpents" or Life Forces on the Caduceus.

As shown on the Tree of Life, the Soul had to build many "Houses" before it can ever achieve the manifestation of a Temple of Mercury, a body that is able to flow the Above without vibrating beyond vision in the below. Personally, it has taken my Soul, many "alive temple" times to accomplish this. 

The Magus is referred to the letter Beth, a Hebrew letter which means House or Temple, and is attributed to the planet Mercury. Thus, the depiction of winged feet of Mercury on the Magus illustration.

The ideas  attached to this card are often very difficult to understand. To some it is even more difficult to understand that words are not action. Therefore this card is all about the action of the Will-to-Become that began this Universe as Primal Vibration; the Universe, which in itself is a Beth! The Magus is the Sun, the manifestation in act of the idea of the Father. He is the male correlative of the High Priestess.

Mercury is preeminently the bearer of the Wand (Phallus) which represents Energy Sent Forth and/or communication. The Creative nature of Mercury is the Sun but the path leading from Kether (Crown) to Binah (Understanding) is ruled by Mercury as well. Thus he is the Logos that is the Silent Word of Creation. This is not Male as in Sex, it is Male as in "expression"; electricity rather than magnetism. The ideas illustrated by this card are complex and so multifarious that many documents, meditations, and study are required to grasp this cards message.

Let me state this, Mercury is representative of action in all its forms and phases. He is the fluid basis for all transmission of activity. He is the substance of the Dynamic Universe. Modern physics has given him language as that electric charge which is the first manifestation of the ring of Ten indefinable ideas; he is thus continual creation. He is a duality; he is both wisdom and folly; he is the law of reason or of necessity and chance. Being that the "Magus within" is unexpected, he unsettles any established idea and therefore appears tricky. The Magus is the very idea of a Sorcerer, which comes from the Latin, Solitaris, which means "to cast lots" and some have interpret it to mean "from the Source"; both are appropriate.

From the Above, the Magus may appear as the second emanation of the Crown (Kether) and thus can be interpreted as the Adult expression of the Fool who is "like the children"; the Magus being the Will of the Fool
The reason for my insistence on repetition is that these ideas are so subtle and tenuous, that any given description and/or Hieroglyph represents a subtle insistence, however slight, upon some form of pantomorphous idea.

The symbols in the Magus card emphasize the creative and dualistic character of Beth.  As Crowley stated in Liber Magi vv, 7-10 : "With the Wand createth He, With the Cup preserveth He, With the Dagger destroyeth He, With the Coin redeemeth He." Which can be translated into the Four Elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth, in that order. Which in turn translates into, Phallus, Womb, Mind, and Matter.

Enough is written here for long contemplation and I would suggest you read the Myths of the god Mercury and his supposed exploits, it may help in the understanding of this very complex symbol.

The Connolly Tarot, has chosen to use the traditional title of The Magician for Key-1. Therefore, the traditional figure for infinity, the figure eight is above his head, and the Wand, held high in his right hand, channels "the logos" from above out of the left hand below.

He wears The red cloak of individuality, and stands before the "table of Life" which holds the  tool-symbols of the Four Universal Elements: The Cup-Water, The Sword-Air, The  Wand-Fire, and the Disks of Earth. These instruments of magic show his mastery of the elements of life.
His love, red roses and purpose, white lilies, surround him.
The key word for the Magician is Individuality.

When the Magus or Magician card is thrown it implies the querent has:
  • Occult wisdom, skill, and is adaptive.
  • There is craft and cunning as well.
  • A person who knows that thought is what we manipulate by will, into forms and since thought is a tool we the Willful Spirit, are not thought but the transmitter of it! 
  • One who knows the above and the below are one and the same.
  • One who knows that everything is possible through the Will of Spirit.
  • The ability to manipulate words and actions in order to aid others.
If ill defined:
  • The ability to manipulate words and actions to suit selfish needs.

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