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The first cause is therefore a Magician, but as this first cause is reflected in everything that is active, the opening character of the Tarot corresponds, in a general way, to every principle of activity. In the Universe he is God, seen as the great suggestive power of all that is accomplished in the Cosmos; in man he is the seat of individual initiative, the centre of perception, of conscience and of will power.<ref>Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 63</ref>. Note the inappropriate and sexist association of form/formation with the female gender.
 
The first cause is therefore a Magician, but as this first cause is reflected in everything that is active, the opening character of the Tarot corresponds, in a general way, to every principle of activity. In the Universe he is God, seen as the great suggestive power of all that is accomplished in the Cosmos; in man he is the seat of individual initiative, the centre of perception, of conscience and of will power.<ref>Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 63</ref>. Note the inappropriate and sexist association of form/formation with the female gender.
  
BOP: The magician must undergo the "test of the Elements" in order to prove his worth.<ref>Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 64</ref>
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The magician must undergo the "test of the Elements" in order to prove his worth.<ref>Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 64</ref>
  
 
The goal is to demonstrate loyalty and follow authority as it flows top down: "Tested by Fire, the Initiated obtains at last the emblem of supreme command, the Wand, the king's sceptre for he reigns through his own will merged with the sovereign will."<ref>Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 64</ref>
 
The goal is to demonstrate loyalty and follow authority as it flows top down: "Tested by Fire, the Initiated obtains at last the emblem of supreme command, the Wand, the king's sceptre for he reigns through his own will merged with the sovereign will."<ref>Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 64</ref>
  
BOS: Wirth, and others<ref>Ouspensky, P. D. The Symbolism of the Tarot: Philosophy of Occultism in Pictures and Numbers. Mineola. St. Petersburg, Russia: Trood Print and Pub., 1913.</ref> <ref>Wen, Benebell. Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2015.</ref> also associate the card with a stereotypical representation of female gender: Grace, charm, rule through gentleness, vanity, frivolity, seduction, fertility, the family, etc.
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PAPUS has some things to say about this card. There are, according to Papus, four groups, all represented by the symbols on the table before the magician.
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...these symbols correspond with the four great human castes.
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The men of Yod, or the Inventors, the Producers. The Nobility of Intellect.
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The men of He, or the depositaries of the great truths discovered by the men of Yod: the Savants, the Judges. Professional nobility.
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The men of Vau, or the guardians and defenders of the former: the Warriors. Nobility of the sword.  
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The men of the 2nd He, the multitude from which the other classes are continually recruited from the People.<ref>Papus, The Tarot of the Bohemians (Wilshire Book Co, 1978), https://sacred-texts.com/tarot/tob/index.htm.</ref></blockquote>  
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Gender stereotypes and the "fool's journey." "'One' is the number of Will, the Ego-conscious, 'I am' and is a masculine number, the male principle (Yang). On the involutionary journey number 1 '''seeks experiences''' which will establish identity, self-hood and yearning for full manifestation." <Ref>Zalewski, Patrick, and Christine Zalewski. The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn. Aeon Books, 2008. p. 62. Emphasis added.</ref>
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"Thus, the Magician, as the beginning of the Major Arcana proper, represents consciousness, action and creation. He symbolizes the idea of manifestation, that is, making something real out of the possibilities in life. "<ref>Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 30.</ref>
  
"Where Isis is the Cosmic Mother, associated with the moon and with divine secrets, this is De meter, the Earth Mother, symbolizing the nourishing fruitfulness and thousand delights of earth. She is all-loving, radiant, universal female­ ness. In the Aquarian deck she becomes the Feeler, who stands with anus stretched out to embrace, her golden hair encircling naked breasts. She is called “prime mover,” and it is indeed emotions that stimulate us to movement and activity. The Sign of Cancer, a watery, emotional, maternal sign, is over her head linking her back again to the moon goddess, sea mother."<ref>Metzner, Ralph. Maps of Consciousness: I Ching, Tantra, Tarot, Alchemy, Astrology, Actualism. New York: Collier Books, 1971.</ref>
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"He is a lightning rod. By opening himself up to the spirit he draws it down into himself, and then that downward hand, like a lightning rod buried in the ground, runs the energy into the earth. Into reality."<ref>Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 31.</ref>
  
 
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The Magician is an Old Energy Archetype from the Masonic Tarot Deck. In the Book of Slavery and Book of Power, the archetype is used to enforce gender stereotypes. In the Book of Power, it is used to instruct on the power Formation, archetypes, and ideas.

Magician Tarot Card Freemason's Deck

List of Old Energy Archetypes from the Masonic Tarot

Chariot, Death (archetype), Hermit, Hierophant, High Priestess, Judgement, Justice, Star, Strength, Sun (archetype), Temperance, The Devil, The Emperor, The Empress, The Fool, The Hanged Man, The Lovers, The Magician, The Moon, The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The World (old energy)

Related Terms

Old Energy Archetypes > Book of Power, Book of Slavery, Creation Template

Notes

Book of Power

The first cause is therefore a Magician, but as this first cause is reflected in everything that is active, the opening character of the Tarot corresponds, in a general way, to every principle of activity. In the Universe he is God, seen as the great suggestive power of all that is accomplished in the Cosmos; in man he is the seat of individual initiative, the centre of perception, of conscience and of will power.[1]. Note the inappropriate and sexist association of form/formation with the female gender.

The magician must undergo the "test of the Elements" in order to prove his worth.[2]

The goal is to demonstrate loyalty and follow authority as it flows top down: "Tested by Fire, the Initiated obtains at last the emblem of supreme command, the Wand, the king's sceptre for he reigns through his own will merged with the sovereign will."[3]

PAPUS has some things to say about this card. There are, according to Papus, four groups, all represented by the symbols on the table before the magician.

...these symbols correspond with the four great human castes.

The men of Yod, or the Inventors, the Producers. The Nobility of Intellect.

The men of He, or the depositaries of the great truths discovered by the men of Yod: the Savants, the Judges. Professional nobility.

The men of Vau, or the guardians and defenders of the former: the Warriors. Nobility of the sword.

The men of the 2nd He, the multitude from which the other classes are continually recruited from the People.[4]

Book of Slavery

Gender stereotypes and the "fool's journey." "'One' is the number of Will, the Ego-conscious, 'I am' and is a masculine number, the male principle (Yang). On the involutionary journey number 1 seeks experiences which will establish identity, self-hood and yearning for full manifestation." [5]

Recovery

"Thus, the Magician, as the beginning of the Major Arcana proper, represents consciousness, action and creation. He symbolizes the idea of manifestation, that is, making something real out of the possibilities in life. "[6]

"He is a lightning rod. By opening himself up to the spirit he draws it down into himself, and then that downward hand, like a lightning rod buried in the ground, runs the energy into the earth. Into reality."[7]

Footnotes

  1. Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 63
  2. Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 64
  3. Wirth, Oswald. Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot. San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990. p. 64
  4. Papus, The Tarot of the Bohemians (Wilshire Book Co, 1978), https://sacred-texts.com/tarot/tob/index.htm.
  5. Zalewski, Patrick, and Christine Zalewski. The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn. Aeon Books, 2008. p. 62. Emphasis added.
  6. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 30.
  7. Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 31.