The Thoth Tarot-Key 1- THE MAGUS & The Witches Tarot-THE MAGICIAN:
In Hermetic Qaballah, The Magus, The Hermit and the Hierophant, are called the 3 Magi.
The Magus or Magician, as an individual, "Stand for Mankind" as a full Tree
of Life, that is both Force and Form of all the Planes of Conscious
Energy; The Adam Khadmon and/ the Whole Higher Human. 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's
name of Eheieh- "I will be", with the very molecules of your body where
the, " As within, so without" flows through the Inner and out being in a figure eight spiral of pure will. This figure eight flow is called the lemnistrate (Greek for Ribbon). A
great many trials and tribulations are required in order to awaken this
"sleeping giant" that resides in your individual DNA. Oh by the way, his is the Will that started the Great Work of Being.
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 condensed body that is able to flow the Above
(Kether) Energy-Intelligence without vibrating beyond vision on the
Below (Malkuth). Often, it takes the Soul's diligence and determination
of many "life times" (persona manifestations) to accomplish this
Magus/Magician as a living persona.
The Magus or the more traditional Magician, 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 rather exaggerated winged feet on the Thoth Magus
The ideas attached to this Tarot card are often very difficult to understand and one of the most difficult for modern man is that words are not action. Therefore, this card is all about the Action of Eheieh, the "I Will-Be",
that began the first motion in this Universe, woven of motion; the
Moving- Universe of Vibration Weaving (The Electromagnetic Spectrum),
which in itself is a Beth and/or The Great Temple of the Macrocosm! The Magus is the Son, 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
wand is shown in the right hand of the Witches Tarot Magician while the Thoth
Magus is the wand itself. 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", and/or electricity. The ideas illustrated by the
Thoth-Magus and the Witches Tarot- Magician card are complex and so multifarious
that many documents, meditations, and study are usually required to
grasp this cards multidimensional message. When skrying the Magus or
Magician card, it suggested that one should ask,
" Where should I direct my potential?"
In the Hermetic Qabalah, Mercury/Magus/Magician 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 vibratory-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" and is more innocent and without focused intent; the Magus being the Will of the Fool focuses intent
. The ideas presented in the Hermetic Qabalah, are so
subtle and tenuous, that any given description and/or Hieroglyph
represents a subtle insistence, however slight, upon some form of
pantomorphous idea.We are symbols (simulations of our souls), and symbols are how we interpret data.
The symbols on both the Magus/Magician card emphasize the creative and dual character of Beth (the honey moon suit of Goddess/god). 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 card, these implements of the Magus/Magician are seen
floating around the hovering Magus.
On the Witches Tarot-Magician card
these implements of magic that represent the four elements, are shown, a Hawthorne wand in right hand (his rule over fire)The Pentagram stamped coin (rule over earth), the
cup (rule over water) along with the Sword or Dagger (rule over air) are all on the altar. His left hand is pointing downward in the classic magical gesture for "As above, so below".
The pentagram or five pointed star that is around his neck, is the symbol for the four elements, with the fifth element as Spirit. Magical symbols are embroidered upon his robe. All symbols that imply his mastery over the four elements, by combining his Spirit with the natural elements, and by the pure force of Will, he makes magic.
In the language of flowers, the red rose bower, signifies harmony. The four white lilies signify the purity of his relationship with the Divine Creative and his own creativity.
The four fairies fluttering about the altar, signify the Kerubs of the four elements:blue for water, yellow for air, green for earth, red for fire. Implying his working relationship with the awesome powers of earth.
The Whole of the Tarot itself, has been called since the time of Levi, the Book of Thoth.
To reiterate: In the Thoth Tarot ,
first Key, The traditional Tarot-Magician, is called the Magus. In most
decks the Magician sports the wand of Mercury, and/or the Caduceus, which
encompasses the whole of the Sephiroth, except Kether, who forms the top
sphere, on the Tree of Life. In the Thoth Tarot, the Magus is the
Caduceus; However, in the Witches Tarot, the Hawthorne wand is used. 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. Hence, 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
The Key 1- 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's head, and cause by the motion of the Magicians wand on the Witches Tarot, represents this unbroken cycle of form
and energy in this universe. This lemnistrate of infinity, is shown as a
ribbon like energy flow, and represents the O twisted upon itself so that it can become the eternal 2 expression of energy: The Masculine-electric and Feminine-magnetic, that are really one and inseparable.
The Life energy of the Universe is directed by the Magus/ 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/Magician tells us that when the One Energy is transmitted and/or first moved, it became primal matter, which is the interaction of Kether, Chokma, Binah transmitted through Daath (invisible
Sephiroth) who is not the Creator itself
but the bearer of the Creators Will as- Knowledge.
The Thoth Tarot- Magus and Witches Tarot-Magician
both are 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
Being the Roman, Mercury, or the Greek Hermes and/or the Egyptian- Thoth, all representing the same deity, the amalgamation of their qualities having become inseparable in modern esoteric literature.
As stated, 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- 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.
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 ,
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)!
However spoken, these Words are vibration/ sound and not necessarily any
understandable spoken language, such as the modern "light language". Therefore, the Magician/Magus transmits the Idea of
Self Creation ("I will Be") from the One from above. Hence, the Words (Vibrations of Will) 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/Magus 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 above, Robert Wang (from
his book: Qabalistic Tarot) illustration; The Caduceus, encompassing
the Four Worlds of Qaballah and the Sephiroth on the Planetary symbol of
Mercury. The encompassing "Will of the Logos", is shown on the Witches Tarot, as a blazing golden sky. The swirling golden clouds, represent the woven vibrations- "words"- of the Solar Logos, who is Kether/Eheieh (meaning: "I Will Be"), and whose Qabalistic symbols are the Swirling image of the Swastika, The Crown, and the Point.
All individual created wills are but reflections of the Will that is the Magician/Magus.
A true Qabalistic Magus must allow the Primal "I will Be" to
operate through him or her, utilizing all senses. By doing so the
control of the senses by the self conscious survival mind of good/and bad is overcome
with the Greater Will of the One.
In the Thoth Tarot Card,
Magic Mercurial Wand of the Magician---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, at a point in time!
Transmitter and the Transmitted become One Point In Time; a magic
moment where entity becomes. As stated The Thoth Tarot-Key 1: THE MAGUS, is often called THE
MAGICIAN in other decks. No matter what this first Motion is called, it
is Key-One, The Path of Beth
. Beth is a Hebrew letter, that is
shown on the bottom left of the Thoth card and means House or Temple. The Planetary symbol for mercury, is shown on the Thoth-Magus,
lower right of the card'
The Planet attributed to the Magus/ Magician is Mercury-"The Messenger" of the "Kether" and/or Supreme Spiritual Self.
Dr. 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.
As stated, but not overstated: The Path of Beth
(The Magus) is between Kether (Crown) and Binah (Understanding) on the
Qabalistic Tree of Life, making 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
In this case, it is appropriate to call the Magus/Magician "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.
Hence, we can see that, the Will of the Supernal Triangle of Kether, Chokmah and Binah, is represented
by the Major Tarot Cards whose activities are only separated by a
degree or less. Thus, the Aspects of the Magus and the Fool are closely linked and inseparable.
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, even on earth, foundations are built before the building. Therefore, 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 Circle of ONE Energy). Remember, because there is no
Action in the Mind, 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 appropriate to this card's power and effective as a skrying chant.
[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 ! 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. 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 ( The Witches Tarot,The Night Sun Tarot, Rider-Waite, Golden Dawn Tarot 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 of the I AM.
Both The Thoth Tarot Magus and The Witches Tarot-Magician are designed
on the Greco-Egyptian, Gnostic and western metaphysical traditions. When these
philosophies modified each other, they advance the idea further than any
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
Shown in the depiction of the Thoth Magus
, his left hand holds an Phoenix wand and around his left ankle is a serpent like cord of a stylize Crux Asana
not only represents a sandal strap [the means to travel through the 4 worlds]
which is a distinguishing mark of the god-head, but also the Ankh (crux ansata)
the Rosy-Cross; symbolizing the Phallus-Yoni union that is the God-head
and/or The Divine Creative. The woven cord, below the levitating
Magician, on the Night Sun Tarot
, seems to represent this "sandal strap".
However, this Hermetic symbology represents
a deeper mystery than most fear based and/or
superstitious self-conscious thought is prepared to go. Therefore, only
determined open minded scholar's 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 by the "flesh-o-phobes", was that the intervention of the Male is necessary for the production of children, both of Mind and Form. 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). Since the Christian Father's, profaned their own statement, " that Man is Made in God's own Image",
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.
knows that thought is what we manipulate by will, into forms and/or
the foundation of ideas that become form and since thought is a tool to manipulate the "first matter", we
the Willful Spirit, that makes our body live, are not thought! Hence, you cannot identify yourself by words, only your actions will sound out your name! Again, above all things know thyself! Upon so doing, you'll easily see that everyone you meet is another way of being you; as all are a Magic image of the Supreme Spiritual Self. 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 "Self-reflections". Creation loves "another way" to be, because then the journey of
Self-Awareness has infinite possibilities! Each of us is "The Will and
the Way": the Spirit is Will and the Body is the Way of Spirit. We are
also inherit the wealth of idea and because our bodies are magically made out of
time-space formed by "The Great Understanding"; we are the "Will and the Way, the
wealth and We own the Day". For only bodies give us, who are the Endless Will-to-be; a
Day. Day's are built of time/space and each day gives us the illusion
of Self image and the resulting Power of Limitation creates Self Awareness. To study Thoth-----is to
know the deepest secrets of Self!
When this card is thrown it implies the querent has:
- Occult wisdom, skill, and is adaptive.
- It's time to tap into your own magic for the answers.
- There is craft and cunning, indecisiveness, and hesitation as well. All depending on the dignity of the accompanying cards
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