The Thoth Tarot-Key 1- The Magus & The Wild Wood Tarot-The Shaman.
In the Whole of the Tarot itself, it has been called, since the time of Levi, the Book of Thoth.
In the Thoth Tarot , The first Key, The Traditional Magician, or the Wild Wood- Shaman,
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. In the Thoth Tarot, the Magus is the
Caduceus. The Magician/Magus 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 stuff of thought
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 Magus/Shaman, 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
The Life energy of the Universe is directed by the Magus/Shaman 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/Shaman 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.
Here, the Wild Wood Key- 1-The Shaman, is
wearing a bear robe, that is decorated in Paleolithic art, taken from the French, La Cavern des Trois Freres in the Ariege. Before him are laid the magic implements of the 4 magical elements; a roebuck skull rattle, for the Air, a stone knife, for earth, a smoking bundle, fire and the antler tine cup for water. This mysterious person represents the levels of the One Energy Mind, that defies human rational, and therefore, his actions are called magic. Being decorated with sacred geometry, and with his staff, he is a very fine figure of the Arcane.
The Thoth Tarot 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/sine waves and not necessarily any
spoken language. Therefore, the Magician/Magus/Shaman transmits the Idea of
Self Creation from the One from above, the Words of the Shaman/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 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/Magus.
A true Qabalistic Magus or Shaman
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 duality is overcome with the greater will of the One.
Thoth Tarot 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 point-in- time- Transmitted.
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 book will qualify you as a
Magus, I am sorry to say, 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 which is called the lemnstrate. All of which is achieved by a great many
trials and tribulations that are required in order to awaken this "sleeping
giant" that resides in your individual DNA. Oh by the way, this is the
Great Work of "As above and so below, and so below, above".
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 mercurial personality and body union that is able to flow the Above through the Below, without vibrating beyond vision
on the below.
The Qabalisitic Magus/Shaman 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 on the Thoth Magus
illustration. The Hebrew letter- Beth is shown on the bottom left of The
The ideas attached to this card are
very difficult to understand, since words are not action and therefore lack the experience to translate the invisible into visuals. Therefore this
card is All About the Action of the Eheieh-"I Will Be" that began this Universe;
the Universe, which in itself is a Beth! The Magus or Shaman is the Son, the
manifestation in act of the idea of the Father. He is the male correlative of the High Priestess.
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 Lingam that
is the Silent Word of Creation.This is not Male as in Sex, it is Male as
in "expression", electricity. The ideas illustrated by the Thoth Magus 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 or Shaman, 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.
the Above the Magus may appea
r 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 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 dual 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."
is written here for long contemplation and I would suggest you read the
Myth of the god-messenger-Mercury and his supposed exploits.....it will help in
the understanding of this very complex symbol.
Dr.Paul Foster Case, the founder of the Builders of the Adytum, in his text, THE THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, calls the Path of Beth, the Twelfth Path that is the Intelligence of Transparency.
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.
, 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.
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: Greek word meaning, ribbon) 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 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 (Head), 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.]
even though the Magus/Shaman
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 !
The Magus represents both the One Life Energy which when transmitted becomes the Prima Materia (First Matter).
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 ejaculator,
if you will. (The whole Supernal Triangle is the action of the Divine Phallus and Womb.).
The Wand or Staff in The Magician's hand (Golden Dawn Deck and Barbara Walker-Tarot) symbolizes this "phallic action",
showing that the Magick is merely the Transmitted will of the Greater Being that is the Supernal Triangle or Trinity.
As stated: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.
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 the Thoth Deck card, laying at the feet of the
Magus. 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. Also 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.
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)!
this is a deeper mystery than most fear based thought is prepared to go
so only 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.
When this card is thrown it implies the querent has:
- Occult wisdom, skill, and is adaptive.
- One who applies their magic with intent.
- There is craft and cunning as well.
- All depending on the dignity of the accompanying cards.
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!
- One knows that a person
cannot identify themselves by words, only by our actions will sound out your
- 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 because our bodies are magically made out of time-space formed
by Understanding; we are the "Will and the Way, the wealth and We own
the Day". For only bodies give us the, Endless Will, a Day. Day's are
built of time space. To study Thoth-----is to know the deepest secrets
- Through inner working and meditation, the Shaman/Magus "within", will bring true insight and understanding of your true place in the world.
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