Tarot – The Magus

The Magus

The Logos and its Creation

Mercury is the bearer of the Wand and is attributed to the Magus. That is, Mercury or the Magus is the director of energy. This energy is the Logos or the Will of God. As it has been written, “In the beginning was the Logos” or the word. This word is the word of creation and it is silence. It is the manifestation of the idea of the All-Father.
This card represents the second emanation from Kether and is therefore a more complex and developed manifestation of the Fool. The emanations proceeding from the crown are the manifestation of the one into the diverse universe.

“Therein was this virtue, that the One became the all.”
Liber LXV.2.6

The Fool is the Unity and the Magus is its complement — the godhead in its manifestation as the diversity. The magus is thus continuous creation and the substance of that creation.
The Magus proceeds from Kether to Binah or from the Crown to Understanding. Because of this, the attributed Mercury is messenger of the gods. Mercury transmits their will by hieroglyphs intelligible to the initiate and records their acts. Thus his association with speech and writing.
These artifices (those of speech and writing), however, represent an illusion as the Word or Logos is silence. The utterances come from the unconscious psyche and manifest or is perceived as either wisdom or folly. Such a duality is confusing and is the reason why Mercury has been dubbed the Trickster.


  1. Very interesting, but would you do me a favor and explain/define the terms in this statement: “Therein was this virtue, that the One became the all.”? Danke!

  2. This is taken from Aleister Crowley’s commentary on Liber LXV, where that line is quoted:

    6. Therein was this virtue, that the One became the all.
    The object of this act is to realize the possibilities of one’s unity by representing its wholeness as an infinite number of particular cases, just as one might try to get an idea of the meaning of “poetry” by studying all available poems. None of these can be more than one imperfect illustration of the abstract idea; yet only through these concrete images can one get any understanding of what it means.

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