The Magician from The Symbolism of the Tarot by P. D. OUSPENSKY

Posted on April 6, 2011


The Magician from The Symbolism of the Tarot by P. D. OUSPENSKY

I Saw the Man. His figure reached from earth to heaven and was clad in a purple mantle. He stood deep in foliage and flowers and his head, on which was the head-band of an initiate ,seemed to disappear mysteriously in infinity.
Before him on a cube-shaped altar were four symbols of magic—the sceptre, the cup, the sword and the pentacle.
His right hand pointed to heaven, his left to earth. Under his mantle he wore a white tunic girded with a serpents wallowing its tail.
His face was luminous and serene, and, when his eyes metmine, I felt that he saw most intimate recesses of my soul. I saw myself reflected in him as in a mirror and in his eyes Iseemed to look upon myself.
And I heard a voice saying:
— “Look, this is the Great Magician!”
With his hands he unites heaven and earth, and the four elements that form the world are controlled by him.
The four symbols before him are the four letters of the name of God, the signs of thefour elements: fire, water, air, earth.
I trembled before the depth of the mysteries I touched… The words I heard seemed to be uttered by the Great Magician himself, and it was as though he spoke in me.
I was in deep trepidation and at moments I felt there was nothing before me except the blue sky; but within me a window opened through which I could see unearthlythings and hear unearthly words.


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The Symbolism of the Tarot by P. D. OUSPENSKY

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