The Qabalistic Thoth-Magus-Key 1,
is attributed to the Hebrew letter-Beth (Bet),
meaning House, and connects Kether (Dark Energy) to Binah, the Great Organizer
This connection is known as the Path of Beth
on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Binah, known as the third-Sephira- Understanding, is the Potential for
becoming the House or "dwelling place" for Spirit (spiral
energy) descending towards the density of manifestation.
represents "that which builds the house"
, i.e. Will. Will or the Magus,
directs and encloses the One Spirit/Energy which is represented as THE FOOL-0. Since the action of directing is Phallic and the action of enclosing is that of
the Womb, I call the Sephira Binah, "The Womb with a
View" and/or Imagination. The word Imagination, besides describing the Womb of Psyche, is also
I- Magi-Nation. Such word games not only titillate our brain, it may also shed some
light on understanding the Will, that becomes will to force and will to form.
that the higher one works up the Tree of Life, the differences
between the cards is much more subtle and fluid than the lover levels.
This subtlety is even more pronounce in The Fool and The Magus
(Magician) that are only separated by a slight degree, as is electric
and magnetic force, a fact that is not seen in the anthropomorphized
symbolism of the cards or of the Spirit as human male and female forms!
Suffice it to say, Beth is the First in Principle, the first in creation, the beginning of the beginning, i.e. the Will-To-Form! To the Alchemist, Beth, is the Philosophic Mercury or First Matter (Dark Matter). Polarities are beginning as the
Alpha, which is never without Omega! To create beginning is to create
end, thus the opposites of life and death which are the key polarities
to creation ("The dancing Twins"), are attributed to the letter Beth.
Specifically, without the energies of the Magus, life and death would
not exist, nor would beginning and end; all would be formless.
(lemniscus), seen as a figure 8 laying on its side, initiates and represents this cyclic process of life and death, as well
as, the symbol of the Serpent that eats its own tail, Oroboros.
represent the closed circle of energy in the Universe, begun by number
one Beth, acting upon the zero, Aleph. What may also aid in the thought
of Male-eclectic/Will-to-Force and Female-magnetic/Will to Form,both being separated by a
slight degree, is that infinity symbol is merely a circle twisting to looking upon itself,
an action that creates a female circle of form and male circle of force where One equals Two.
same can be said for the electromagnetic spectrum of light.
Electric-Male and Female magnetic, combine to form One Electromagnetic
spectrum of great diversity!
In the Zohar, the
relationship of Aleph-The Fool and Beth- The Magus as pertaining to creation, are
discussed in a most charming matter, which is unusual for esoteric
literature. I would recommend that the discerning student of the Tarot
read this Qabalistic text book. The relationship between The Fool and The
Magus (magician) is so subtle that our best hope of even approaching an
understanding, resides in meditation on spiritual text, like the Zohar,
combine with the images of the Tarot cards.
speak directly of the Invisible,
is impossible, so a circle of ideas
must be formed, each giving a suggestion about the nature of the inner
Truth. Each Sephiroth on the Tree of Life is in itself, a Circle of ideas, and
each Form is an understanding
of these circles while each Force is a
potential to Form. I may have lost you with that one, so let me say,
that The Magus is a channel through which the Energy of The Fool is
organized and passes downward.
The Magus is both active and passive, as
the Magus is both the transmitter and the transmitted, i.e. the
Life Force which becomes the primal material in the act of transmission. Hence The Magus, is the first step in
evolutionary Universal energy towards matter. Thus, in the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, by Paul Foster Case, the Magus is called the Transparent Intelligence, as light passes through a window from above, so does the Magus pass The Primal Will to the many levels.
The Whole of the Tarot
itself, has been called since the time of Levi, the Book of Thoth.
In the Qabalistic Thoth Deck, The
first Key, The Magician, is called the Magus. In many decks, including the Jungian Tarot of Robert Wang, 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 Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life. Again, the Hebrew letter 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. To a physicist, this would be the "Dark Matter" condensation of "Dark Energy". This card also represents the opposites
of life and death, because to create the beginning, an end must also be
created. Again and never to be over stated, 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 the Thoth Magus's 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 vibration/ 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. As shown by the two different symbols on the black and white
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 Qabalistic Magus
must discerningly 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; However, This Will, is without discernment and must be completely under the control of the discerning character (Virtue) of the magician or "what is intended" may become "what is not intended". Discernment has not yet been invented as a data base in the burgeoning Psyche.
Thoth Deck Card, the Magic Wand of the Magician---is the Magician
himself. Giving us insight into a unseen Truth. The wand (human body) has no power,
it just focuses the Will-Power of the One who wields it! The Transmitter
and the Transmitted.
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."
The 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
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
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.
this is a deeper mystery of Anima ( Latin:Spirit) and Animus (Latin: Soul) than most fear based thought is prepared to go
so only the 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. In other words: The
"I " ( will to force) intervened with "Am" (Will to Form) to produce
the offspring of Force and Form, called a "Me" (Will to be). The
well studied student of the mind knows that words, the instruments of
Thoth and communication, are illusions, fantasy, mere theories and even trickery and the symbol of this card can be studied and seen as : Manifestation implies illusion.
The Jungian Tarot, The Magician, is shown as the ultimate director of Self. Hand raised, he is the author of the Sun and the Moon, and represents the celestial alchemist. Not only is he the representation of the potential of all opposites, he is also their reconciliation.
The Animus (Latin for Soul) is the archetype depicted here. This term was chosen by Jung to mean the female contra sexual component. According to the philosophy of Jung, inside each female is the Animus (the ideal male) and inside each male is the Anima (Latin for Spirit), the ideal female. As stated by Robert Wang in his book Tarot Psychology: "These are real personalities that inhabit the unconscious and with which we interact especially in dreams. Anima and Animus are our inner antagonists: they are guides into the caverns of our minds."
This card is also heavily symbolized with the tools of the Hermetic Magician and even a few of alchemy.
When the Magus or Magician card is thrown it implies the querent has:
- A tendency to reflect the traditional male role; he is argumentative, and demands respect.
- Loves to expound on things being very wordy.
- Does not like to admit he is wrong.
- Can quickly change his mind.
- Will to manifest new ways of thinking.
- Forming a new identity
- Occult wisdom, skill, and is adaptive.
- There is craft and cunning as well. All depending on the dignity of the accompanying cards.
- To a woman, the magus or magician is a very important card (For a man it would be the High Priestess) for a woman's whole quest for self-discovery is encapsulated in her relationship with the Animus.
Magi 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 creator of thought!
- One cannot identify one's self by words, only our actions will sound out our
- Again, above all things know thyself! Upon so doing, you'll easily see that everyone you meet is another way of being you. Another Way,
is the operative term here. So let them alone! Let them be "another
way"....that's why The Greater Self built and builds so many of us. God
loves "another way", because then the journey of Self-Awareness has
- Each of us is "The Will and the Way": the Spirit
is Will and the Body is the Way of Spirit. We are also the wealth of
idea and the imagination to produce it. Because our bodies are magically made out of time-space formed
by Wisdom and Understanding; we are the "Will and the Way, the wealth of creation and We own
the Day". For only bodies gives Spirits, who are Endless Will, a Day. Day's are
built of time space. To study Thoth-----is to know the deepest secrets
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