The Master (formerly Magician)

The Master Tarot Card Halo/Sharp Triumph of Spirit deck

Healing Meanings

Key Phrase: The master within.

Symbolism: The physical unit is mature, healthy, and strong. The Soul has arrived. United as one, they manifest and control physical creation. Lemniscate below and above, a strong connection keeps everything properly aligned. The figure stands tall and is confident and proud. Palm pointed up, palm pointed down, the master implements the Divine Plan. Highest Self united with self. Bodily Ego merged with Spiritual Ego and aligned. That which is in Consciousness above reflected perfectly in matter below.

Narrative: This archetype teaches us of our mastery. Please understand, this is not your first time in a body and not your first act in the show. You have joyfully incarnated many times before. Through countless incarnations you have mastered your many skills. Know this. You are not a fool in a cosmic school. You are a powerful and joyful master, a star here to uplift and ascend creation.

At the highest level, this is us incarnated in a powerful and connected physical unit. We are not now nor have we ever been “fools in school.” We are not here to submit to the will of others. We are not here to “learn your lessons.” We are not here to “find our place” in the castes and classes of this world. On the contrary, we are masters of creation with lifetimes of training and experience. We have a special purpose and we are here to implement a special plan.

At mundane levels, this is our personal and professional mastery. This is certainly not onerous and odoriferous work. This is what we are trained for. This is what we are good at. This is what comes easy for us.

Present in an assessment upright, this card represents self-confidence, expertise, focus, will, mastery, and commitment to manifesting the Plan. Knowing who you are and why you came, you are ready and willing to get the job done. Focused and confident, you do the things that you need to do to move yourself and your life forward. Accepting there is more to life than money, sex, and power, you find true purpose and embrace your mastery.

Card reversed and/or negatively aligned, this card indicates family/work/social toxicity, and pervasive psychological distress/disorder. Family enmeshes and restrains. Coworkers make unreasonable demands. Employers command and control. Governments steal and assault. Those threatened by your progress drag you down. Your own will and desire trumped by the authority of others. Darkness and dysfunction surround.

Alignments indicate people, environments, and thoughts that support or undermine your mastery. Positive alignments indicate positive progress and support. Negative alignments indicate indolence, vacillation, equivocation, etc. Blockage keep you down. Low self-esteem, lack of confidence, reduced self-efficacy, etc. prevent you from stepping up. There is work that you need to do, but you are unaware or feel powerless. You doubt your ability, intelligence, competence, and mastery. You believe yourself talentless, skill-less, and worthless. You rely exclusively on external expertise and authority to tell you what to do. You please people in order to fit in.

When connected and properly aligned, your life is an easy breezy reflection of divine higher Consciousness. When healthy and fully functioning, you are a master at manifesting will. Remember, you are no “fool in school.” Be confident and proud of your joyful self. The goal is alignment with your highest Self, and expression/connection to the master that is within. Always remember, you are a master manifesting Divine will.

Triumph of Spirit New Energy

The Master Tarot Card Halo/Sharp Triumph of Spirit deck

In the new energy, this is an awakening archetype. In the new energy, this card provides additional information about you, your identity, and your purpose for incarnating, which is to work on the Divine Plan, manifest Divine Will, complete the Great Work so that the planet may graduate and ascend.

This archetype presents you as an emissary of energy and light.

This is you as a Master of Divine Creation.
Please take note, despite your direct connection to Divine Will, you are no passive receptacle of Divine will. Despite your position of service, you are no mere vessel unto which Divine will is poured.

You are no empty conduit for Spirit.

You are no simple servant of God.

You are no passive lamb.

You are no fallen angel.

You are no descended ape.

You are no fool in school.

The message of the master archetype should be clear. You are the caretaker, the nurturer. and the gardener. You are the architect, the will, and the way. You are an instrument of Divine will, but you are active and in charge all the same. You are a master of manifestation and creation. More to the point, having incarnated into body thousands of times, you are an expert at the thing that you do.

The message of the master archetype should be clear. Quit playing the fool, stop submitting before authority, and be the active and masterful creator that you are.

Old Energy

In old energy, the message is mostly the same. In the old energy, this card also represents a magician, i.e. someone with control over creation. In the old energy, however, this is not who you are. In the old energy, this is who you might become if you pass the tests, learn the rules, and submit to the authority of those above (note the submissive posture and sacral chakra focus of the Golden Dawn old energy magician card). Old energy versions of this archetype, while they do represent mastery, always say you must work/train/struggle/achieve/attain first. Only after “the trial” do you graduate and become the master. Thus, in the old energy, this card represents submission, tutelage, and the beginning of trials and tribulations purportedly designed to test and temper (see old energy Temperance archetype). When you are submissive, receptive, and compliant, then you are prepared and ready for training.

Golden Dawn Magician CardNote, this old energy archetype intimates and reflects venal hierarchies. That there is a hierarchy here is revealed by Papus in the cups, swords, pentacles, and wands of the old energy cards. Notably, this is a caste hierarchy, which is a rigid and presumably divine/evolutionary division of labour set out by God/nature.

These symbols correspond with the four great human castes. The men of Yod, or the Inventors, the Producers. The Nobility of Intellect. The men of He, or the depositaries of the great truths discovered by the men of Yod: the Savants, the Judges. Professional nobility. The men of Vau, or the guardians and defenders of the former: the Warriors. Nobility of the sword. The men of the 2nd He, the multitude from which the other classes are continually recruited: the People.

Yod He Vah He is said to be the name of God. By associating the casts with this name, Papus legitimates the venal hierarchies of this world.

In the Book of Slavery, you take a position amongst the multitudes (He), or the guardians (Vau), or the savants (He), or the producers (Yod).”

In the Book of Power, you are a chosen one, a magician in training. If you submit, show your loyalty, follow the rules, and learn your lessons, you will rise above all that to manipulate and control the world.

Old Energy Dismissal

It would be silly to argue that mastery is not important, or that we are not here as co-creators of this world. It would also be silly to suggest that discipline, practice, purpose, and passion are irrelevant to progress forward. In the new energy we do not reject mastery or magic, we reject social class, hierarchy, and servitude. Further, in the new energies, we do not justify slavery and toil by pretending it is part of the divine “body” of God. In the new energies we seek joyful, creative, mastery and, more important, we offer it to all, not just a “chosen” few.

In the new energy, we do not say, “You are here to be tested.”

In the new energy, we do not say, “You are here to learn.”

In the new energy, we do not say, “You must prove yourself worthy.”

In the new energy, we do not say “Submit and you will win.”

In the new energy we do not say, “Work and be chosen.”

In the new energy we do away with such ideological nonsense and simply remind you that you are already a master of creation.

Understand, you are already a fully empowered member of the glorious family of Spirit.

Understand, you are already a master of creation.

There is no need for tutelage and struggle.

There is no need to prove your worth.

All you have to do is respond to the calling, wake up and remember.

Remember, you are not new in this game.

Remember, you have incarnated many times before, on this world and others.

Remember, you are older than this physical universe.

Remember, you are experts at creation.

Remember, you are masters in incarnation.

Remove the Blindfold, realize, and remember.

Awaken, activate, and ascend.

Book of Slavery

Child, this is the master magician.
This is the mage incarnation.
This is power o’er the world.
This, by the grace of your Lord.

Are you worthy and strong?
Can you sing our great song?
Will you follow our might?
Will you win o’er this fight?

Pick up tools that are there.
They are fire, earth, air.
And the water below,
These are tools, now go sow.

And show us what you’re worth.
Make us proud of your birth.
Make us full, give us mirth.
Pass us wealth of this earth.

And if you’re good and strong,
If you harmonize song,
Then one day you might find,
You’ve passed tests so sublime.

And you’ll graduate first,
To a place, to a berth.
And leave hell far behind,
And advance in The Line.

Book of Power

Chela, this is the master magician.
This is the mage incarnation.
This is power o’er the world.
This, by the grace of your Lord.

Are you worthy and strong?
Can you sing our great song?
Will you follow our might?
Will you win o’er this great fight?

Pick up tools that are there.
They are fire, earth, air.
And the water below,
These are tools. Don’t you know?

Now show us what you’re worth.
Make us proud of your birth.
Make us full, give us mirth.
Pass us wealth of this earth.

And if you’re good and strong,
If you harmonize song,
Then one day you will find,
You’ve passed tests so sublime.

And you’ll graduate first,
To a place, to a berth.
And leave hell far behind,
And advance in The Line.

Book of Keys

Dear One don’t be a slave,
And don’t be the lamb.
Don’t be diminished,
And don’t be now damned.

Lift up your head,
And raise up your eyes.
Look you up now,
Face up to the sky.

Smile at the sun,
Feel the warmth that is there?
Smile with the moon,
Start your journey with flair.

Draw light power down,
Till it touches the ground.
Draw the energy up,
Drink your fill from this cup.

Now raise left hand and right,
One to sky, one to night.
Accept beam that is there.
Accept power to spare.

Say “I’m nobody’s slave”.
“There’ll be no early grave”.
“And I’m nobody’s lamb”.
“And I will not be damned”.

“I am one with the sun”.
“I am God’s hope for fun”.
“I am Master that’s here”.
Pip hooray. Give a cheer.

The Master Tarot Card Halo/Sharp Triumph of Spirit deck

Advanced Commentary

Master (formerly Magician)

In the new energy, this is an awakening archetype. In the new energy, this is a reminder of who you really are. In the new energy, you are a joyful master of creation on a mission to uplift the world.

In the old energy, this is a fool in school archetype. This archetype shows you as a fool/neophyte/initiate, ready to learn your lessons and willing to insert yourself into the hierarchy.

Old Energy

In the old energies, the answer provided to the question “who am I” is simple—you are a fool in school here to learn, evolve, strengthen and grow. To accomplish this growth, you must submit to the plan. The magician archetype helps situate you in a subservient and servile position, encourages you to accept life as it is (i.e., accept the status quo), and helps justify (along with some other key archetypes like old energy judgment, chariot, etc.) pain, suffering, and exploitation. You are a fool in school, a magician in training, and you are born on this earth to learn lessons and attain mastery. You might have potential, you might have power inside, but you are a diamond in the rough, a soul in training, and you have a lot of work to do to before you can evolve your soul, strengthen your character, prove yourself worthy (of membership in the higher orders), and claim power and reward.

The old energy card once again shows a white male, only this time the male is shown in active, but submissive, service to a “higher” power. In the old energy, your purpose isn’t to connect with who you really are deep inside. In the old energy, the ultimate goal of the aspirant is either complete acceptance and insertion into the venal caste hierarchies of this world (Book of Slavery), or masterful manipulation of same (Book of Power). As regards the former, enough has been said. As regards the latter, remember the entry from Triumph of Spirit Book Two. Papas said the symbols corresponded to the four “great castes.” In the Book of Power, the magician is not seen entering into one of these classes, as one of the many slaves will do. In the Book of Power, the magician is advised to develop power and control over the castes. In the Book of Power, the magician is the master manipulator, controlling what is below from his throne high above.

As for the poetry, the Book of Slavery reflects the core message of the old energy master archetype and the psychological dynamic which underlies it,[1] which is that if you want the reward, you should simply accept your enslavement and work hard. Deep at the heart of all this is your father’s (or the Father’s) contemptible and degrading conditional love and acceptance. Follow the rules, do what you are told, submit, and work hard and he’ll proudly accept you have worth. Fail, and his love is nowhere to be seen.

The Book of Power entry for the magician is the same as the Book of Slavery entry. You are chosen, you are accepted, but you will “enter in” only by your work, submission, loyalty, and servitude. Once again, the love and acceptance are conditional. Disconnected and on your own, you are worthless chaff. It is only as part of the System, it is only when you “fit in” by being a good little boy or girl, and doing what you are told, told that you gain the acceptance and belonging that you so desperately seek.

Getting into the New Energy

Those who are victims of the old energy System carry with them the self-delusion of independence and spiritual/evolutionary power, but this is mere self-delusion. In truth, their damaged emotional systems, shattered self-esteem, and the constant threat and attack make them compliant and easy to control by those higher up in the System. They presume the magician’s mastery, postulate their inherent superiority, but they are chattel in the System all the same. They function “independently,” but only within parameters set out for them by those above. Even the top dog is a slave in the System.

True mastery comes only by rejecting positions in the System and working towards connection with Self. True freedom comes only by rejecting venal rewards and seeking the Light deep within. Unfortunately, this can be a challenge, especially for those venal power. Oaths of loyalty and silence, realizable threats of destruction and death, and the inky depths of indoctrination endured enslave them more thoroughly to the System than the lowest peon/pawn. You will see; the indoctrination is so deep and the struggle to break free so challenging that, rather than put in the effort necessary to swim over to the new ship, many will prefer to drown.

To easily move beyond all that, remember, you are not some snot-nosed cosmic school kid here to learn lessons, prove your worth, and be punished or rewarded. You are not a fool in school. You are not chattel on the wheel. And you are certainly not here to submit and obey. You are a powerful spark of Consciousness expressed in a physical unit. You are divinity incarnate. You have come here to uplift and graduate the world. To accomplish this, to uplift the planet and graduate the world, remember who you are and awaken, activate, and ascend.


In the old energy, the magician is all about your submission to authority, and any value you might have to the System. Moving forward, you definitely want to step away from that judgmental old energy framework. To accomplish this dismissal,

  • Watch out for suggestions that your purpose is to prove yourself. Reject this notion, and expect others to do the same. Understand, you are a spark of Divine Consciousness incarnated in a physical unit. You don’t have to prove anything to anybody. You only have to align with and serve your own
  • Watch out for ideas that you are here to “learn lessons,” pass tests, or otherwise grow and develop. It is true that your physical unit needs to mature and strengthen to accommodate Consciousness, and it may need training (voice lessons, music lessons, education, etc.) to be able to properly express its full potential, but that’s not You, that’s your body. If you want to accomplish something in this life, do what it takes to train the physical unit to manifest your powerful soul, but always strive to connect and express the joyful and powerful master
  • Watch out for ideas that have you bowing to authority or submitting to another’s will. Watch out for intimations that submission is required. God/Spirit never requires submission. God expects only joyful participation and responsible co-creation. It is OK to follow a competent and connected leader, but submission to authority is another thing altogether. You do not have to submit to another’s will, pass tests, or endure judgment to prove yourself worthy. Remember, you are already a powerful spark of incarnated divinity. Start acting like the thing that you are.
  • What out for suggestions that there is a difference between your will and the will of Consciousness. There isn’t. Your only obligation is to align with and serve your highest Note that this does not mean selfish and self-serving action. This means a compassionate and inclusive commitment to the Divine/Evolutionary Plan, which is to uplift and connect all creation.

Book of Keys

The Book of Keys entry for this card contains a powerful visualization of connection and empowerment. The affirmation is in poetic form. The point of the poem is to help you circumvent the damaging disconnection that makes you susceptible to conditional acknowledgement and reward (and therefore very easy to control) and connect you directly with the love, power, and force of highest Consciousness. The message of the key should be clear; become independent by seeking sustenance and strength directly from highest Self. Once connected, reject submission and servitude. Become independent. Take off “the ring” and reject all the shiny bling. Claim your status as masterful co-creator by connecting and accepting your full might and power. There is nothing to be afraid of. Remember the message of the master. You have the power, the capability, and the authority to create in the name of God/consciousness/creation. Do the work, prepare the vessel, accept your mastery, claim your power, and act to transform the world.

Practice the Book of Keys visualization whenever you feel the need to remind yourself to connect with your true and highest Self.

Group study questions

  1. Our societies constantly give us the message that we are limited, undeveloped, impotent, sheeple. We often hear that only a few people are special, and only are few are “chosen.” The message is often repeated and is supported by reward systems and ceremonies as small as commencement and as big as the Olympics. On this world we worship the winners but consign the losers to poverty and obscurity, trying never to think about them again, and putting them down if they complain about their lot. After reading the above, what thoughts come to mind about your life, your workplace, etc.? Share your thoughts, positive or negative, with the group.
  2. Think back to your own childhood. How did it feel when you were in the “losers” circle? Did being in the losers circle motivate you to do more, or did it demotivate, suppress, or even depress you? Do you remember what happened if you complained? Share your thoughts with the group.
  3. Privately, read through the poetic entry for the Book of Keys. What sorts of thoughts run through your head as you read the words from the Book of Keys? How does reading the affirmation make you feel? Write those thoughts and feelings down (in the margins, if you like) as you experience them. Do these thoughts/feelings empower you, or do residual fear, doubt, and unworthiness creep in and interfere with the flow? Share your thoughts and feelings with the group. As a reminder, to overcome these negative thoughts, focus on the iconic imagery of the card and remind yourself of who you truly are.


[1] For more on the psychology of the old energy archetypes, see Michael Sharp, The Triumph of Spirit  Book Three: Master’s Key (St Albert, Alberta: Lightning Path Press, Unpublished).

Additional Commentary and Analysis