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Author's Note:
Part 2 of the Major Arcana. The Magician of the Tarot is normally numbered one and is usually depicted as a powerful adept, a master of the four elements. He represents the creative intelligence behind the universe and is associated with intuition and the inner guide. The divinitory meaning is that new skills and potentials are available and opportunities are unfolding.

The Magician

Bereshith magus hocus pocus
spoken craft - spellbinding focus
casts chaos into elemental order
of Earth and Air and Fire and Water

With nimble hand manipulating matter
double-edged tongue slicing chatter
ignoble penis divining seasons
body awash in rains of reason

With hand comes power to kill or create
with hand this world we manipulate
with hand we give and with hand we take
and clasp the coin bearing five-fingered shapes

With tongue comes power to deliver our mind
with tongue we share knowledge with our own kind
with tongue we lull and with tongue we bind
and wield the sword that carves through lies

With penis comes power to motivate
with penis we intuitively imaginate
with penis we muse and with penis we mate
and attune this wand to a natural state

With eyes comes power to shed a tear
with belly in knots we double over in fear
with lips we kiss and with lungs we cheer
our body the cup of our experience here

Between heaven and hell lies middle ground
Where elemental mastery is sought and found
Head in clouds and feet in mud
Ready we stand till Taman Shud!


Language key

- Bereshith - (Hebrew) - In the beginning - (First word of bible)

- hocus pocus - (shortened from Latin) - “Hoc est corpus meus." - This is my body - (Recited by priests when blessing bread during holy communion)

- Taman Shud - (Persian) - the very end - (from the last line of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)

- pens - (English) - ink writing implements

History of the Tarot - Part 2

One theory is that the female librarian Hypatia of the great library of Alexandria in Egypt, who was world-renowned for her wisdom and learning, had scrolls containing all of the wisdom of the ancient world. One of these scrolls was the legendary Book of Thoth, derived from the mystery schools of Egypt. The allegorical illustrations on the Tarot cards are said to contain these secret teachings, which in the Major Arcana represent a course in personal development. Gypsies are believed to have carried the cards to Europe.

Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.

Black Elk

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The following comments are for "the magician"
by Smithy

thanks rcallaci & demeter
Thanks bob. I thought this one might benefit from a rhyming style becuase of the order which is evident in the Magician. Plus spells are often written with rhyming verse, so I'm glad it worked out okay. 2 down and only 20 to go. I think you might finish your epic before I make it through the Major Arcana. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Thanks Demeter. I wondered how my interpretation of the elements would go. After finding out that "hocus pocus" came from "this is my body" I decided to link the elements to human body parts.
I hadn't found anyone doing anything like that so I wanted to try it. Glad you enjoyed.

Yes Bob and I are the blog-meisters of the meta-physical at present. We welcome you to the realm and look forward to your posts here in the dark shadowy land of the blogs or the bright sunlit world of poetry.


( Posted by: Smithy [Member] On: April 15, 2005 )

The Magician
Hey! I just checked out rcallaci cause my wife said check these two guys out, and shit if you ain't kick ass good too! Damn!!!!

( Posted by: DieBaronHobskewward [Member] On: April 16, 2005 )

thanks Demeter & Baron
Thanks Demeter. I am glad you felt inspired to post your poem and story. I have read your poem and will get to the story soon. I have likewise been inspired to write a piece like your "Lama in L.A.". As I mentioned on your piece I had that experience with the dream and the Lama and then something else happened just last week, a day or so after I posted that comment. So I will be writing a story about that and meaningful coincidences. Thanks as always for your time and comments.

Thanks for your comments DieBaron. I often wonder if it isn't some waves in the collective unconscious that inspire us. Sometimes rcallaci and I and others seem to be heading along parralel paths. Like surfers on the same wave, we take it in completely different directions with different maneuvours, ever in search of the elusive perfect tube or verse. All part of journey of discovery and improving writing skills and having some fun doing it.

thanks again

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 17, 2005 )

agree Demeter
Yes. I agree Demeter. I couldn't remember what you had said here when I was commenting on your poem, but I wholeheartedly agree. I like that "the mathematical musical notes of the quantum strings that play throughout our universe." What a great line! When causality and meaningful coincidence co-exist there is harmony.
I hope you are going to continue the quantum series.


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 17, 2005 )

What can I possibly say today that has not been said on your blog here. I am as Rob said, "I am hooked" too, me too, this is a nice read, I am at a loss for words.....

nicely done,

( Posted by: Dareva [Member] On: April 17, 2005 )

thanks Dareva
I am glad you enjoyed Dareva. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. It is all a bit experimental and I'm just treating it like a journey through the Major Arcana and seeing what pops out. Hopefully each can be a little bit different yet fit in sequence. Should be fun, anyhow. Thanks again

( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 18, 2005 )

penning penis
I don't know if it's just you pen, but Penis doesn't quite work in my mind because of the two syllables.

However, my interpretation of the magician is that he is master of all the physical elements. To him, the penis is a divining tool. It is a natural scientific instrument used to harness and focus creative energies. That is precisely why I picked the anatomically correct penis.

Originally I had just put it as phallus, actually I even got that wrong and wrote phalanx instead of phallus.

Other slang words like cock or dick, or slong, are too colloquial, alter the balance of the elements by drawing too much attention and don't gel with the magician's vocabulary. Expressions like one-eyed trouser snake, old fella, BVJP (blue-veined junket pumper), etc just took up too much space.

You also showed by pussyfooting around that although you know you and I are not offended by the word cock, there are varying levels of what is considered slang, blasphemy or offensive language. Again, here I couldn't justify the use of slang terminology or insult the reader with cheap shock-jock tactics.

Wait for the Devil. There'll be lots of curly little cocks and thick long horns when the joker with the red hot poker makes his appearance. That boy has no shame. ;)

Thanks pen for your...errr... feline-forwardness.


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 20, 2005 )

I'm sure glad I followed Penelope's comment to this blog, otherwise I would have missed it.

This is a really good piece and extremely well-crafted. Very magical and impressive.

I have to disagree with Pen - I kind of like the use of the word "penis". It has a kind of nakedness to it.

By the way, Pen, in the southern United States, the word "cock" can refer to your "footing" word, minus the "footing". When I was a sailor, some of my heterosexual mates from places like South Carolina would say, "I'm gonna go ashore and try and get me some cock." Which of course would crack us northern boys up and elicit comments such as, "Well, I hope you find a really big one!"

( Posted by: gomarsoap [Member] On: April 20, 2005 )

thanks gomarsoap
I am glad you enjoyed gomarsoap. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. Very much appreciated. Also thanks for the story. I keep thinking that's probably how the word cock first got it's slang meaning for penis. (lol)

I think words like cock have more raw power which is what pen means but penis has a slithering glimmer about it that is also useful.

I am going to change that stanza slightly because I don't like the intuitively imaginate. It was supposed to be creative, a made-up word, but it's too messy. Plus the power should be to originate or propagate. So a couple of changes there.

Thanks again, both pen and gomarsoap. Your input is valued.


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 20, 2005 )

The Magician

This was good and a very interesting and enjoyable read. I love the structure, the rhyme, the rhythm, the flow, the interest, the research and sheer poetry of it.
Between heaven and hell lies middle ground
Where elemental mastery is sought and found
Head in clouds and feet in mud
Ready we stand till Taman Shud!
Your last stanza leaves you absorbing the magic of the entire piece,

Are you sure your inspiration is not Merlin himself!


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: April 20, 2005 )

thanks Ivor & pen
Well pen. I am sorry you didn't enjoy it all the way through. I will definately take the time to read your Weathervane Cocks piece. Sounds like fun. However, the penis must stay. After thinking about it, I realised all the other words seek to diminish and trivialise the male member. Only penis retains the true masculine essence in the context of a creative force. It is also my favourite word for the penis. Hopefully some of the other areas will be a little lighter and I can have fun with some slong slang. ;)

Thanks Ivor for all your wonderful comments. Yes the last stanza is one of my favourites and fell out too in half a minute. The others took longer -some much longer. Actually the inspiration was a mixture of magicians like Merlin, Sauron, Gandalf, a little bit of Aleister Crowley and the Greek God Hermes or Mercury and I was trying to acheive a spell-like form of language like a magician.

Thanks again for taking the time to comment and letting your opinions be known, pen and Ivor.


( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 21, 2005 )

Hey, just want you to know I am always keeping myself updated to these. I am collecting all of these. Please continue. I hope I'll be able to write my comment on these two new ones when I come back. :)

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: April 21, 2005 )

see you soon Peter
Y'all come back now Peter. Thanks for readin and commentin. Hope to see more of you at the Litorg saloon in this here frontier outpost soon Pete. Everyone else, up against the wall and drink ya milk!



( Posted by: smithy [Member] On: April 23, 2005 )

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