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.
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)
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.. 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.
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."
"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. "
"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."
- 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
- 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
- Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 30.
- Pollack, Rachel. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. Harper Collins, 1980. p. 31.