The Magus (tarot)

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The Magus is the second card of the Major Arcana in the Thoth Tarot deck, created by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris.

  • Name: The Magus
  • Atu: 1
  • Hebrew Letter: Beth ב
  • Element: Mercury
  • Tree of Life: Path 12 (joining Kether and Binah)

From A Brief Description of the Cards of the Tarot: "Skill, wisdom, adaptation, craft, cunning, or occult wisdom or power."

Interpretation

From The Book of Thoth:

Mercury is pre-eminently the bearer of the Wand: Energy sent forth. This card therefore represents the Wisdom, the Will, the Word, the Logos by whom the worlds were created... Mercury, however, represents action in all forms and phases. He is the fluidic basis of all transmission of activity; and, on the dynamic theory of the Universe, he is himself the substance thereof. He is, in the language of modern physics, that electric charge which is the first manifestation of the ring of ten indefinable ideas, as previously explained. He is thus continuous creation.

And further:

Logically also, being the Word, he is the law of reason or of necessity or chance, which is the secret meaning of the Word, which is the essence of the Word, and the condition of its utterance. This being so, and especially because he is duality, he represents both truth and falsehood, wisdom and folly. Being the unexpected, he unsettles any established idea, and therefore appears tricky. He has no conscience, being creative. If he cannot attain his ends by fair means, he does it by foul. The legends of the youthful Mercury are therefore legends of cunning. He cannot be understood, because he is the Unconscious Will.

Document Source

  • This page was originally sourced from Thelemapedia. Retrieved May 2009.