The Magician

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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

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.

BOP: 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]

BOS: Wirth, and others[4] [5] also associate the card with a stereotypical representation of female gender: Grace, charm, rule through gentleness, vanity, frivolity, seduction, fertility, the family, etc.

"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."[6]

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. Ouspensky, P. D. The Symbolism of the Tarot: Philosophy of Occultism in Pictures and Numbers. Mineola. St. Petersburg, Russia: Trood Print and Pub., 1913.
  5. Wen, Benebell. Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2015.
  6. Metzner, Ralph. Maps of Consciousness: I Ching, Tantra, Tarot, Alchemy, Astrology, Actualism. New York: Collier Books, 1971.