Thoth-ATU 1-The Magus
Tarot of the Illuminati- Key 1-The Alchemist
The Magus or the traditional tarot Magician, is the Qabalistic path of Beth, meaning House,and 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, the 3rd Sephiroth Mother Binah. Thus, the relationship that establishes the meaning of house, Beth, as that of the dwelling place (Womb) where Spirit resides before "falling" into manifestation.
Because of its association with the Hebrew letter Beth, it is appropriate to call the Magus that which builds the House. In other words, the Magus directs and Binah (Empress) encloses the One Spirit (Spiral Energy-Vital Life Force)) which is symbolized by THE FOOL tarot card. The Supernal Triangle, is represented by Tarot Cards whose activities are only separated by a degree or less. Therefore, the often mysterious aspects of the Magus 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.
Scholars of the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch), point out that the Hebrew letter Beth (Bet) is the 1st 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. Hence, 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) and or Oroboros, 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 creating the couple that is Chokmah and Binah and therefore, making the equation of 0=2. The Lemniscus symbolizes the Act of Turning upon oneself as a Twisting or Spiraling; Therefore, creating Male and Female infinite circles of Force in the ONE Circle of Energy and the Sexual Dance of God/Goddess (inhale-exhale); the Divine Creative. Because there is no Action in the Crown or Mind of One until Will disturbs it, the Western Magic 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.]
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 (A phallus and semen). The Magus represents both the One Life Energy which when transmitted becomes the Prima Materia (First Matter or Semen of Will which is commonly known as Thought). 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 much as the semen is the bearer of the genes of the Father. Thus the Magus is the ejaculator of will. (The whole Supernal Triangle is the action of the Divine Phallus and Womb.). The Wand in The Magician's hand (Golden Dawn Deck) symbolizes this phallic action, showing that the Magic is merely the Transmitted will of the Greater Being that is the Supernal Triangle and/ or Upper Trinity of the Tree of Life.
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.
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, which developed 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, [propaganda and misunderstanding. Thus, we have Cynocephalus, included in the Thoth Deck card, laying or sitting 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 transmits the idea of Self-Creation of the One -Kether. The Transmitted idea, from The Magus, Fertilizes the ONE Womb, (Understanding) that is the Great Mother Binah. Just as words fertilize Consciousness! Therefore, 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 PRIESTESS as the invisible Sephiroth Daath-Knowledge) and/or become in-form-action.
Now I understand that this concept may be so subjective, that it may be difficult to understand, but try skrying the card. Your meditative observation will open your consciousness to the flow of the Universal Collective Unconscious were greater knowledge is stored.
To reiterate, THE MAGUS is the Path of Beth (house or temple), and it transmits the idea of Self-Creation of the One exhaled from above-(known as Kether-Crown) and inhaled by Binah . A spoken word is a sound that carries an idea, so the Magus is associated with the First Vibration or Word of I AM. The First Vibration encloses Spirit, beginning the process of creation, thus encompassing all that is.
In the Golden Dawn papers, this idea was conveyed by relating the Mercury symbol (planetary sign) to all the Sephiroth, with the exception of Kether. You may note that the Horns spring from Daath, often called the invisible Sephiroth but really, it is the conjunction of Chokmah (Great Father and Binah (Great Mother), a face to face union, that creates what is called: The Divine Child. This is understandable, since Wisdom (Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) conjoin in the birthing of Knowledge (Daath). Here Mercury is placed in the Sephiroth to show further example.
Consequentially the showing of Mercury on the Caduceus, properly places the Four Worlds, [Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah and Assiah], that are transitions of the Wand of the Magus. Kether is the Winged Orb at the top. By deeper delving into the Golden Dawn texts, the initiate will find that the Primum Mobile, Latin for "first motion”, is acting through Philosophic Mercury (Magus) on Saturn-Binah, who is Will to Form or as I like to call her, "The Womb with a view". As before stated, she is the Mother of Form and the Magus is the Idea of Being and/or Will that is I conjoined with Binah- AM; AM being the house that encloses Spirit. Hence, the Magus and Binah are inseparable and just a degree apart.
The activity of first motion acting on Saturn-Binah, are the firs- words or Vibration and whoever can willfully direct the Vibration of the First Motion, (often referred to as to "Pronounce the word-YHVH") shall command the Universal Force. This Mastery of the Universal motion, is called the "moves-Moves" among certain Native American nations, and/or the "motion within the movement" of the Mysteries. Quantum physicists would call it the "Dark energy that pushes the Universe", while Qabalists call it the Magus who is the Will that begins existence and/or I AM.
Dr.Paul Foster Case, in his Book of Tokens, stated that, "all created wills are but reflections" …of the Will that is the Magus. This is an essential ideal of the Mysteries and acknowledges the fact that our Superior Nature (Divine I) acts through the Magus.
In the Crowley card, unlike the Rider-Waite-Smith card and/or traditional tarot, THE MAGUS is not holding a Wand, the primary instrument of the MAGICIAN cards; Rather, THE MAGUS is the Wand, He is the Phallus, which Crowley understood. This Subjective Phallus, is not an object. All Objects begun by the 4th Sephiroth-Chesed, united with the Power of the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth. Chesed (Emperor) is considered to be the Architect of Form and/or sets the measurement.
Victorian sensibilities have softened the ancient depictions of Hermes as the Herms, that were upright stone slabs with a bust and a very large stone phallus curiously attached to the front of the column. This acknowledgment of "First Motion" is also shown in Lingam worship of the Hindus and or the Phallus- God Priapus of the Romans. Without the Transmitted Will of the One, Self-Awareness cannot be understood and become information (in-form-action). This is a complex idea, and requires deep meditations on THE MAGUS card, and also a release of Victorian sensibilities, as we are describing the First SEX Action in the Universal Duality (twin serpents). That Action, produced our Higher Self called Daath, Knowledge, who is the Divine Child of the union of Will and Understanding; the Self Concept of I AM ME. Here, the -I is the Will and the Am is the Understanding of that Will and the Me is the manifestation of the Union of Will to Force and Will to Form. Caution: This concept could make your forehead itch!
The Relationship of the Fool and the Magus
Kether, the Source of All, is connected to Chokma, the first activity towards creation (Force), via the 11th Path of the Fool. The Hebrew letter Aleph-meaning OX, is assigned to this Path. In the Zohar, the letter Aleph is considered representative of absolute unity. This supports the Qabalistic interpretation of, Aleph-Ox, as the symbol of the Life-Power, and/or creative energy. As I have stated before, the Fool Card, demands multi-faceted and fluid interpretation. The Path of Aleph (The Fool), is called the Fiery or Scintillating Intelligence which proceeds from the Limitless Light of Kether that is darkness to us (Dark Energy). This Fiery Darkness is the possibility of motion or vibration and the First Perception or Will of the One that is the potential for activity. Qabalistically, this potential is known as the One and/or as the Primal Creative Energy of the Universe that acts upon itself to emanate the Cosmos (0=2). To a physicist this is the, "One energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed.”. There are many attempts to explain the 'First Thought, that created Mind, such as, "The Word of God", the first vibration, I AM etc.; However, all we can say is that from the invisible nothing (Ain Soph) comes the potential for thought, thus thought appears and emanates Mind which is the vessel that contains thought...this makes the Mind the First Vessel of Magnetic form or Womb. And yet, A. Crowley called the letter Aleph, a plough shares in shape and thus a phallic symbol of "Expression". Thus the Potential Androgyny is conceived of, as the potential for Sexuality, male-electric and female-magnetic which then unlocks the potential for creative- diversity. When considering all of this, it helps to stay fluid in your thinking! Also availing yourself of a diagram of the Tree of Life and its connecting paths will help in the enabling visuals.
When one works up the Tree of Life, the differences between the cards is much subtler 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/Will as human male and female forms!
The explanation of the relationship between the Magus and the Fool can go on for a number of books, so suffice it to say that Beth (house) is the First in Principle, the first in creation, the beginning of the beginning, i.e. the enclosure of "I Will Be"! As stated, to the Alchemist, Beth, is the Philosophic Mercury or First Matter. The Alpha, which is never without Omega! The Female that is never without the Male and/or the I AM.
To create beginning is to create end, thus the opposites of life and death which are the key polarities to creation, 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. The infinity symbol (Lemniscus-Latin word for “ribbon”), seen as a figure 8 laying on its side, a type of Mobius loop, as well as, the symbol of the Serpent that eats its own tail, Oroboros, initiates and represents this multidimensional cyclic process of life and death. Both 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 and Female-magnetic force 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 force and male circle of force where One= Two. The same can be said for the electromagnetic spectrum of light. Electric-Male and Female magnetic, combine to form One Electromagnetic spectrum of great diversity!
the instigation of transformation
The Tarot of the Illuminati- Key 1- The Alchemist. depicts an ornately dressed alchemist studying his tome of magic. He is shown with all the traditional tools of the Magician, the book, the altar, the sword, the cup, and the pentacle, while he is holding the Wand with its caduceus top as swirling vines and tree. Implying He is standing between the 2 planes of Spiritual and Material , as a Great Tree of Life (Adam or Eve Khadmon).
The Lemniscus (Greek for "Ribbon")or figure eight laying on its side ("lazy eight") which is the magic symbol for infinity, is shown above him as a sparklingly light form, implying he is channeling the Divine. Beneath this altar displays many magic paraphernalia that aids in realizing that the Spiritual planes have a direct correlation with the material planes. The Magus, Alchemist, and/or Magician, understand that we are both the will and direction of change, both the instigators and effects of it and thereby, we are learning the art and science of change/transformation through manifestation of Self-Information. Something we all must do to Understand the "As above, so below" motion of Self.
"Above all things, know thyself"! For the True Self is the meaning of the True Will: Know thyself through thy way!
All that applies to the Magus applies to the Alchemist, therefore, they are comparable.
When THE MAGUS is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- Communication and timing and that all things are possible, with applied Will and understanding.
- There is an implication of the magic of Universal Vital Force traveling through the human body making one in-tune with the most creative and powerful aspects of YourSelf; As above, so below.
- Changing the structure of your living situation by focused action.
- Will and focused consciousness.
- An awareness of Power, and possession and communication of the Powers (Focused will that fertilizes creativity in one’s self and others) and Gifts of Spirit (Divine senses).
- Instigating big changes.
- Knowing how to control and manipulate a situation.
- Having all the resources necessary for change.
- The Spiritual world and the Material world reflecting each other.
- Channeling the Divine.
- Will and resources focused to one goal.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Misuse of power.
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