The First Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of the card is the Magus of Power. The path of the Magician runs between Kether (the Source) and Binah (the organizer of Form.) It is "The Crown of Understanding, the beginning of material production, the Primum Mobile acting through the Philosophic Mercury on Saturn." Beth, the Hebrew letter given to the Magician, means house, thus the Magician is the house in which the Divine Spirit dwells. In fact, he is the architect and carpenter of that House. The Magician is an extension of the Fool... he is the Fool in the act of experience. He is the director of channeled energy as well as the energy that is being channeled.

The Magician is a form of the Egyptian god, Thoth, who is analogous to the Greek god, Hermes—god of wisdom, magick, and communication. Since he is a god of language and the written word, he represents a definite step towards manifestation, from the silent, pre-thought stage of the Fool. He is the creative Force who's energy is collected and organized into later form by the High Priestess. He is also known as the Trickster, who has all the knowledge of the magickal tools at his disposal. The Magician stands on every path, and in order to become the Magician, one must first slay him.

The figure of the Magician is shown standing west of the Altar which has upon it the traditional Golden Dawn implements in their proper elemental directions. These magickal tools refer not only to the elements, but to the Four-lettered Name of God, the suits of the Tarot, and the four Qabalistic Worlds. The Altar itself is transparent to suggest that the thought of Manifestation is present, but it has yet to be accomplished. The Magician's hat too, is in a pre-manifested state, seen instead like a halo. The infinity signs arise from the mind of the Magician, growing and forming a thought. From his hands, ribbons of energy flow outwards as he prepares to choose one of his magickal weapons with which he shall perform his ceremony. He is about to invoke.

Interpretation in a Tarot Reading

Skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, etc., always depending on its dignity (the surrounding cards). Sometimes occult wisdom.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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