We are considering the Magician card . Taking a journey through the maze of magic and mysticism. There are definitely roadblocks that we have passed over, and others that haven’t even presented themselves yet. As was discussed in the prior post , we have identified what our tools are and some of the pitfalls or stumbling blocks in realizing our true selves. However, we have learned very little of our place in the cosmos. Most of gnostic tarot cards is focused upon the revelation of insight which is called Gnosis. The word Ta Onta, or “The Things That Are” is a Greek term that was used by those on a quest through the spheres into the nature of being and our place in that schema.
It is now time to discuss what brings a Magician about. First it must be said that the Magus is not a male, it is an archetype of one who uses the Imagination which is the first step into the supersensible realms of Initiation. After the purification and identification of the mind with the passing things of our earth, we are able to reflect upon the faculty of the mind itself. With the Tarot we are given the ability to see our Mind and how it relates to the cosmic whole.
Its not simple to explain, but it is profoundly deep how as human beings we cognitively assimilate what is presented to our minds, and then as a consequence of that action, integrate that ‘data’ into our psycho-spiritual selves, only to evolve toward a future version of that ‘data’ in its manifestation through our wills, thoughts and feelings. The magician being connected to ‘the things that are’ is able to see and interact with reality that most would say is ‘fantasy’.
As shown in the above tarot image from Gulinat, before ever publicly shown to the world that the tarot has linguistic correlations, there were also symbols of ancient depth that were included in the tarot. Signs of the Zodiac, Numbers and some even contain Geometrical clues to previous generations and cycles of knowledge in the story of Humanity. This is the reason for the Infinity symbol , or as its called in geometry, the Lemniscate of Bernoulli.
This symbol however is not just limited to Geometry and its theories but to the actual path of the sun in what is called the Analemma. It also has been ‘used’ to represent many other conceptual models (Infinity Symbol) After reading the above links try to stay focused on what is said below.
It was Christine Payne Towler that said to me that “the universe was not a either/or equation, but it was an and/and all inclusive equation.” The Tarot represents the core of this kind of thinking, its not just Iconography, or Symbolism. It is an and/and fixed meditation that is used for the development of the Psyche and Spirit of the participant. As it is in this Microcosmic form to humanity, it is also a Macrocosmic representation of these forces in the very grand scale of evolution. Which is what to those who are looking with the eyes of an initiate see when reminded that the Magus is always to keep in the sphere above the head the representation of Infinity. It is not just saying that everything that is known is also deeper, but its saying that there is a cosmic evolution of humanity , a cosmic and more archetypal movement of that which is above us.. mainly for most of those aproaching the tarot from an observational point, the symbol in question , will bring up a usual reference to Sun and Moon , and this is going to be in the location of the Lemniscate in the mental pictures of the mind that observes this card.
Without trying to completely expound this ‘hint’ , the Rosicrucian tradition has aptly spoken about this evolutionary pattern. As human beings have evolved from a state of Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens, also the planets and cycles have evolved from Saturn to the current Earth cycle, which is also referred to as era or epoch , in Sanskrit these are called Yugas, in Tibet Kalpas, In Hellenistic Greece and Egypt they were called Aeons. It is actually virtually impossible to read or really contemplate esoteric/occult literature without being introduced to this dimension.
The point is that the Magus is centered in the Power of The Cosmos, and with the evolution of humanity , we move from the Pre-Logoic event of the “Cosmos of Wisdom” to the “Cosmos of Love”. (I highly recommend to those interested research those two terms on http://www.rsarchive.org ) As we are able to identify in the center of our being, the “I AM” , with this Ogdoad or Eighth sphere, we are moving more and more into the anointed nature of our Being, and manifesting our Real, True Selves.