The Magician on the Path of Initiation

I’ve decided to use the 22 Major Arcana of the TAROT as a template for the initiatory journey we must all take to become, in Jungian terms, ‘individuated’.
The Magician I. represents the first step in this journey, his letter is Beth and his sign is Mercury. He is the Neophyte who has somehow been awakened to the ‘Mysteries’. How this happens varies greatly from individual to individual. Perhaps they found themselves attracted to Magick and ‘alternative spirituality’ by trying to make sense of an experience that was beyond ‘rational’ explanation. Often the door is opened by the use of marijuana or psychedelics. As we move from the Aeon of Osiris, symbolised by ideas of death and resurrection to the Age of Horus, the Child, spirituality is changing, the proliferation of ‘New Age’ and Magickal tropes and characters (Harry Potter, The Vampire Diaries, Twilight) in popular culture is a manifestation the The Magician. We no longer need commandments to control our behaviour or the priest to moderate between ‘the flock’ (an apt metaphor!) and Divinity. The Magician is often depicted as a beardless youth wearing an oversized hat, the brim forms the figure eight (which relates to Hod on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, the Sephirah of Mercury- Magick) and also the lemniscate, the mathematical figure of infinity. He holds a Wand- Fire, and stands behind a table on which are arranged the rest of the ‘elemental weapons’, the Pantacle- Earth, the Dagger- Air and the Cup- Water. like every Human Being he already possesses all that he needs to become an Adept, but he is far from mastering their use! As we work through the Atus we will see the Magician progress in knowledge and experience in much the same way as an Aspirant moves through the grades of an occult order. How far he goes is entirely up to him…

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