This is the Magician Emerald Tolemac Tarot card. The images from our deck are all copyright, created by Madeline Rose and artist Ahmad Sonhaji Silitonga.
The Magician Emerald Tolemac
Here we see Merlin the Magician with his right arm lifted and his hand holding a wand (earth) pointing to the sky (air) and creating the sign of Infinity (timelessness) in the air above him with the wand. The left arm is essentially hanging at his side (earth), the forearm lifted enough to allow the hand to form the letter “M” that we see in sign language when deaf people communicate. This simply reinforces the M needed for the Mastery that is required when one fuses their base self with their higher self and becomes the Magician.
Merlin’s left arm and hand are channeling the power drawn from his right hand and arm, which comes from a higher source, and which he is directing towards practical, earthly matters. The position of his hands and arms can have at least two meanings, one of which is that this posture symbolises the ability of the Magician to shorten the distance between Heaven and earth, and the other meaning indicating his ability to connect to the spiritual realms and manifest the information that he is given while in those realms in the physical dimension here on earth.
We see here that Merlin is beaming energy (love) and stardust at group of his own etheric children, hence why they are the colour blue (indicating that they are souls in another dimension). Merlin’s directing of energy shows his ability to heal as well as his concern for the care, the nurturing and the protection of those children who are a part of his own soul family. This particular aspect of the overall image is also about how Merlin is a mentor to those children, helping each of them along in their own spiritual development.
The children are dancing around a giant mushroom, their laughter and happiness symbolic of the joy that is present in the higher vibrating dimensions that are accessed once we bridge the gap between the denseness of 3D and go wider into the less dense dimensions of 5D and beyond. The symbolism of the mushroom is a reference to the wisdom of the inner worlds that open up when one ingests mushrooms and other hallucinogens. Mushrooms are often depicted in religious symbolism.
The yellow light that is seen outside the window behind Merlin represents the sunlight beaming in from outside as it brightens the room and gives the rays needed for the plant in the pot beside Merlin to grow. The Sun is an endless source of Light, giving its Light whilst expecting nothing in return. The Sun is a very symbolic image of the selflessness of those with a Christ Consciousness, and Christ’s own personal Light actually comes from the same vibration as the Light from the sun. Metaphysicians who know how to step from one dimension to another have been known to go into the Light of the sun to fill their bodies with Christic energies, and then come back and be a Light in the world, helping their students to raise their own souls towards God through their teachings. This is why there have been religions throughout history that have worshipped the sun. There are many references in the Bible to Jesus being a Light: Jesus came to be a light unto the world, John 12:46, 35, 36; 9:5, 39; Ephesians 5: 14; Isaiah 9:2.
The peak of the Magician’s hood represents the power that accumulates over the crown chakra once he or she learns to harness the force of their Will. The space under the hood represents the risen Kundalini that pushes through the crown chakra once it has risen up through the spine. Finally, the hood itself represents the hidden aspect of those many Magicians living quiet lives who go about their business in almost complete anonymity. One would never know whether or not they were dealing with a Magician, apart from the fact that there is something very different about this man or woman.
The outer robes that Merlin wears indicate material desires and creativity. The red sash around his waist represents passion. Merlin’s white inner robes depict spirituality within the individual. The transmutation of the elements means that we take our lunar nature, which is represented by the half-moons that appear on the lower part of Merlin’s cloak, and turn it into a solar Christic energy which is represented by the sun sitting behind and slightly above Merlin’s head through the window.
A Magician’s alchemy can only be empowered by the Holy Spirit, which is represented by the white dove that sits on the floor close to the table. Every Magician must master the natural elements, and once he or she has done so, God works through the Initiate to create miracles.
The Lemniscate, which symbolises both eternity and infinity in occult teachings, can be easily seen above Merlin’s head as he uses his wand to create the shape of a sideways figure eight in the air. It depicts ‘cosmic consciousness’.
The Lemniscate is the symbol of ‘everlasting life.’ It means “no beginning and no end,” and “always was and always will be.” The Lemniscate indicates someone who is an ‘old soul’ who has had many and varied past lives. He or she has learned from the lessons of the past and now has all the tools needed on this earth for this lifetime.
Growing up the wall to Merlin’s right is a climbing rose vine called Joseph’s Coat. It is growing from inside of a pot in the corner that has the Yin Yang symbol on the outside of it. The Yin Yang sign is the sign of Taoism, and the Tao is the element that runs through all things. Essentially the Tao is the Christ Consciousness which Jesus embodied in copious amounts. The sign represents how we all have both light and dark within us, and it is up to us to decide which of those two energies we wish to give ourselves over to. At the same time, the Joseph’s Coat rose vine is symbolic of the healing powers and selflessness of those who embody the Christic Light energies, which the White Magician does.
For those tarot readers who are not also readers of the Bible, Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours is in essence the Divine Grace, power and love of God – all the gifts and fruits of the Spirit. Jesus brought to earth the spiritual Coat of Many Colours which had been previously represented by Joseph’s physical coat of many colours. The healing for body, mind and soul that Christ gave to the people during his time on earth has repeatedly been offered by those of the White Brotherhood. The Christ Consciousness is our own Coat of Many Colours when we merge our base self with our Christic self which is housed in the energies of the upper three chakras of our body, commencing at our heart.
The rose itself has deep spiritual meaning. It is often a reference to Mary Magdalene, the woman who was Jesus’s most beloved disciple and also his wife. Her part in Jesus’s life was that through a deeply devoted love for him, she empowered him to bring more of what he was able to do to this world. It is one of the symbols that represents the Divine Feminine within the image on this card.
The rose, when seen in spiritual and religious paintings, is often a reference to Rosicrucianism. Members of the Rosicrucian orders, such as the inner order of the Golden Dawn, were considered to be great magicians and alchemists. The rose is even spoken of in the Bible here in Isaiah 35:1 – “The desert shall blossom as the Rose,” and again in Song of Songs 2: 1 – “I am the Rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys. As a lily among the thistles, so is my love among the thistles, so is my love among the maidens.”
The other flower on this card is the Lily. In the vase to Merlin’s other side on top of the bookcase behind him are some white lilies representing aspiration and transformation. In The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats (Finneran, ed., Vol 1 – The Poems, Macmillan, 1989), we find #41 “A weariness comes from those dreamers, dew-dabbled, the lily and rose,” #42 “Soon far from the rose and the lily and fret of the flames would we be,” and #71 “Lilies of death-pale hope, roses of passionate dream.” Gorski, in his book Yeats and Alchemy (State University of New York, 1996) writes “The lily and rose in alchemical literature symbolise the moon and the sun, the white and red tinctures in the alchemical process.”
The vase that the lilies are in holds water, which represents Merlin’s emotions being held within its confines. Merlin is in good control of his emotions, for if he didn’t have control he could not have the power of focused intention without the disruption of outbursts of emotion or the distractions that occur from having too short an attention span. His will is very strong, and he uses the force of his Will to create magic. The vase itself represents the Divine Womb and the Yoni that holds the Waters of Life and is another very obvious symbol of the Divine Feminine within the image on this card.
The bookcase full of books that the vase sits on behind Merlin represents knowledge and the need to study to expand one’s awareness. The books themselves represent the Book of Knowledge, although the whole deck of the tarot represents that. Reading a book is a form of self-discipline, so the books also represent the concentration and discipline needed to be able to complete reading a book. Reading a whole book trains your willpower, so if you are drawn to this aspect of the card in a reading, it means that there is a message in that for you or for the querent sitting with you.
To Merlin’s left and slightly behind him are some candles burning in their wall-mounted holders. They represent the element of fire. They throw a soft glow on the wall and the beam around where they sit burning, and they are held in place by a bronze, wall-mounted candleholder. This metal is neither precious nor pure, being primarily an alloy of different metals – copper and tin – but may be made with other metals such as zinc, aluminium or nickel. However, good quality bronze was highly prized for its strength and durability during the time of Egypt and Jerusalem. Bronze is also resistant to corrosion and is easy to cast into shape. The two great pillars that were built for King Solomon by Huram for the Temple were made of bronze (1 Kings 7:14-22).
If you are drawn to this aspect of the card, then you’re being reminded that either you or your querent has the strength and durability to face all of his or her challenges.
To the side of Merlin that is behind him on his right, there is a square topped table with three legs, and on its tabletop or leaning against the table are the objects of the four suits of the tarot, representing the natural elements: a goblet (water), a pentacle (earth), a sword (air) and a wand (fire).
The sword is a symbol of Will. The sword is the weapon that the initiate must use to conquer himself. The goblet is a symbol of emotions, which stem from the mind, but there are three items on this card that represent that. The vase to Merlin’s left, the pot on the floor with the Joseph’s Coat rose vine growing out of it, and the goblet on the table all have two aspects. They symbolise the mind, which must be cleansed. They also symbolise the feminine sexual organ: the yoni. In like manner, the sword symbolism has two aspects. It not only represents will but also represents the masculine sexual organ.
The wand is a symbol of the fire element and represents spirituality, inspiration, primal energy, intuition, strength, determination, ambition and expansion. It basically deals with the spiritual scale of consciousness mirroring the very core of one’s being.
The pentacle is a symbol of the actual manifestation of an idea. Pentacles are about result, fruition, realisation and prosperity. The Suit of Pentacles is the fourth and final suit of the Tarot’s Minor Arcana. The four suits together make up a kind of formula for manifesting desires into reality.
To quote Michael Tsarion about the three legged table with the square top, he says:
“That we are right to speak of Tarot’s connection to consciousness is confirmed by a study of the Magician’s peculiar table. We notice it has a square top and three legs. This is because the card represents, among many things, the Great Pyramid in Egypt. The Pyramid has sides of three and a base of four. The Magician’s table has three legs and square top. The letter associated with the card is “B,” known in Hebrew as Beth. This term means “house” and connotes the “House of God.” In Egypt, the Pyramid was considered the House of God, as was the human body. So we understand the double meaning of the letter associated with Arcanum I. Of course numerically speaking, three times four equals twelve, the number of the zodiac. So, the Magician’s table can be regarded as an allusion to the twelve signs of the zodiac, which incidentally are divided into divisions of three and four. In short, Arcanum I emphasises that the Divination Arts must be combined if consciousness is to be unified. Consciousness is fourfold and so are the Hermetic Arts. When the tools are harmonised, consciousness attains the fifth stage or Quintessence.”
Whilst I agree with much of what Tsarion says in this quote, I do not agree with the idea that one must always use divination tools in order to harmonise his or her consciousness. Yes, they can help, and they have helped many people, but there are some people who don’t need any tools of divination in order to understand the mysteries or to come to balance in their thinking – they look to the signs and symbols that life presents to them and follow the trail of symbolic breadcrumbs until they work things out for themselves. Some come to balance through purifying their diet and getting the right nutrition. Some can become balanced through meditation; some use spoken or subliminal affirmations and/or binaural beats; some use hallucinogens and sacred plant brews; many use a combination of two or all of the previous four; and some have the Remembering, which goes above and beyond using divination tools. Nevertheless, for those who do require the help of divination, the Tarot and its sister divination arts (Numerology, Astrology and the Kabbalah) are a Book of Life for many.
You will notice that the walls behind Merlin are made of stone. This is a subtle reference to the verse in 1 Peter 2: 4- 5 where it says “As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by humans but chosen by [the] God [within] – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to become part of a holy priesthood……..“ You’ll also notice that there is a shadow falling across the stone wall, and that one half is dark and the other half is light. This is a symbolic representation of the dark and the light within us – what Jung calls our Shadow.
There are many references to stones in the Bible, mostly in the context of being used to build a solid spiritual identity and become part of a globally connected community of loving, heart-centred brothers and sisters that light the world with their positivity and love and protect it from the ghoulish entities of the lower astral dimensions.
Overall the Magician card means the personal will, skill, craftiness, and creativity needed to carry out the tasks required in each of our days, and the force of will needed to put our future plans into action. It also represents the flexibility, spontaneity and the ability that we have when we have a problem. Stepping into the power of the Magician, you feel the power of the law of giving and receiving. The universe operates in a dynamic flow where there is no end and no beginning. Energy continuously transfers. You are continuously giving and receiving energy. The more conscious you are of it, the more expanded you become…your power grows and you become lighter; you wield the power to create what you want.
Thanks for reading,
Psychic Madeline Rose
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