Below are notes from the Builders of the Adytum meeting this past weekend:
Top of the Cube of Space
Beth, ב, represents the top of the Cube of Space.
Receives energy from א, Aleph – The Fool which is the up/down axis and is assigned the mother letter element of air.
East – ז, Zayin – The Lovers
North – ט, Teth – Strength
West – ס, Samech – Temperance
South – צ, Tzaddi – The Star
Numeric value: 2
Double Meanings: Life/Death
Bayith (תִי ָּ֫ב): House
Tarot Key – The Magician
12th Intelligence of Sefir Yetzirah:
“The Twelfth Path is the Intelligence of Transparency, because it is that species of Magnificence., called CHAZCHAZIT, which is named the place whence issues the vision of those seeing in apparitions. (That is, the prophecies by seers in a vision.)”
In the Key of the Magician the magician figure is shown with is right arm up, drawing own energy to the table. His posture is in the shape of an aleph which denotes the source of his energy. He acts as a conduit for the power of the Primal Will, directing it to its destination by focused attention.
Attention, as the magician is shown practicing, is the quality that’s directly related to the quality and clarity of subconscious memory and subsequent image-making.
1) How would you describe the interactions that the Magician has with The Lovers, Strength, Temperance, and The Star?
2) Why would the Magician, as the Self-Conscious, be at the top of the cube?
3) What other ‘Up’ analogies or archetypes does the Magician fit?
4) What relationships do you see with Beth, Life and Death, and the relationships of the Magician to the sides and edges of the cube?
I went to the B.O.T.A Meeting this past weekend and we discussed the Magician Card (Tarot Card No. 1) in its place in the Cube of Space. The top of the cube represents “the above” with five cards. The magician card is at the center of the Cube of Space surrounded by the Lovers Card to the East, Temperance to the West, the Star in the South, and Strength in the North. Each card has a significance in its place on the Cube. The key to the “above” is the Magician Card. The Magician symbolizes the human will and the Magician is a channel from the spiritual, eternal, and supernatural planes to the material, mortal, and temporal planes below. The infinity symbol above the magician’s head represents the Holy Spirit. The wand represents fire, the cup water, the sword air, and the coin or pentacle the earth. The magician has the ability to “will” each of the elements at his disposal. The Hebrew Letter which represents the magician card is “beth” which is a double letter, and means “house”. We talked about house being a place for order from chaos (another polarity).
We also discussed the tension in the cube between the magician card “above plane” and the “priestess card” which is “in the below plane”. Similar on the above plane the magician balances the opposites of temperance and passion, strength and the star.
We are discussing the “Magician Card” in our B.O.T.A. Meeting this Saturday and how it fits to Paul Foster Case’s Cube of Space.
The center is the fifth step of the fifth degree. As The Magician, this step represents the highest level of awareness that the master has thus far been able to sustain. The ability to concentrate centrate has never been so powerful. The ability to hold in mind any shape, form, or symbol is now possible without any wavering of attention. Beyond the scope of the mind, the will is now more focused than it has ever been before. From the union of mind and will come forth the wonders and miracles of The Magician. (David Allen Hilde – New Dimensions on the Cube of Space)