1 The Magician – Golden Dawn

1 The Magician - Golden Dawn Major Arcana

Divinatory Meanings of The Magician

Skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, depending on dignity. Sometimes occult wisdom.

MacGregor Mathers

Will, Will-Power, Dexterity.

Reversed meanings

Will applied to evil ends, Weakness of Will, Cunning, Knavishness.

Correct design of The Magician

A fair youth with winged helmet and heels, equipped as a Magician, displays his art.

His attitude suggests the shape of the swastika or thunderbolt, the message of God.

Golden Dawn Title of The Magician

The Magus of Power

Attributions of the Magician

Hebrew letter Beth – B

The Messenger. Prometheus. The Juggler with the Secret of the Universe.

B = The Messenger. Prometheus

Y = Secret

Th = Universe

2. Beth is a House, the letter showing a roof, floor and one wall. It is the dwelling place of man in the world of duality and illusion.

Astrological attribution

Mercury

Path of Wisdom

The Twelfth Path is the Intelligence of Transparency, because it is that
species of Magnificence, which is named the place whence issues the
vision of those seeing in apparitions.

Deities associated with The Magician

Egyptian Gods

Cynocephalus

Thoth

Greek Gods

Hermes

Flora and Fauna of The Magician

Precious Stone

Agate

Agate has the Mercurial yellow, but its hardness indicates a strange
Saturnian element in it. It might indeed be attributed to Geburah for
its orange tinge and it hardness, but it is not sufficiently pure to
rank as a precious stone, and must therefore not be placed among the
Sephiroth.

Opal

The Opal has the varied colours attributed to Mercury

Perfume

Mastic

Mace

White Sandal

Storax

Storax is chiefly Mercurial on account of its nondescript nature. It is
really less valuable as a perfume itself than as a menstruum for other
perfumes, in the same way as Mercury is the basis of amalgams. But
Storax is really too dark and heavy to be a really adequate perfume for
Hod.

Animals

Ape

Ibis

Swallow

The Swallow is the fastest bird, fitting Mercury’s speedy nature.

Plants

Palm

The Palm is Mercurial, as being hermaphrodite.

Lime

The Lime or Linden tree is Mercurial because of its pale yellow fruit with a peculiarly clean-tasting pulp.

Magical Attributions of The Magician

Magical Powers

Miracles of Healing, Gift of Tongues, Knowledge of Sciences

Magical Weapons

Wand

The Wand is that of the Will or Word of the Logos.

Caduceus

The Caduceus is the legendary wand of Mercury, and to be carefully distinguished from the hollow tube of Chokmah. It represents the Middle
Pillar crowned by the Winged Globe of Kether . It is thus the plumed phallus as distinguished from the Phoenix-crowned phallus of animal-life
creation through the initiation of Fire, and the flowering phallus of the Lotus-crowned Wand of Isis, the wand of  vegetable-life creation
through the initiation of Water. The Serpents of Caduceus, the positive and negative forms of energy, resume the powers of these two wands.

Colour Scales of The Magician

Knight Colour Scale

Yellow

Queen Colour Scale

Purple

Prince Colour Scale

Grey

Princess Colour Scale

Indigo, rayed Violet

Mercury’s perfection is to still and concentrate thought, until it
becomes deep red through which runs the violet vibration of
spiritual-erotic ecstasy. (Note that the great defect of Mercury is its
cold-bloodedness.)

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