I was wondering about the Thoth Tarot and why it was called the Thoth Tarot.
I have begun reading the The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot) by Master Therion (Aleister Crowley) and wondered if it was to do with the Juggler aka Magus being referred to as Thoth and whilst I was reading the book, I also noted that there are 3 different versions of the Magus as follows.
I found this on page 71 of The Book of Thoth:
1) . . . Having the head of Ibis, the symbol of concentration, it was supposed that this bird stood continuously on one leg, motionless – evidence of the symbol of the meditative spirit . . .
2) There is another version of Thoth where he is seen bearing the phoenix wand, symbolising resurrection through the generative process and the Ankh is in his left hand representing a sandal strap – i.e., the means of progress through the worlds. The Ankh is also actually another form of the Rose and Cross.
3) There is a third form of Thoth representing him primarily as Wisdom and the World where he has the Style in his right hand and the Papyrus in his left hand. Here is the messenger of the Gods. Thoth is followed by an ape, the cynocephalus whose business it is to distort the world of the God; to mock, to simulate and to deceive.
This is all under the Juggler aka the Magus (in The Book of Thoth, page 69) and what I love about this the most is that he is the male equivalent to the High Priestess; he is the Sun, she the Moon. The Sun and Moon being the Second Harmonics to the Lingam and the Yoni. The Juggler being the Creative Mercury of the nature of the Sun and Mercury is on the path on the Tree of Life from Kether to Binah – the Underworld and as such he is the messenger of the Gods, representing precisely the Lingam, the word of creation whose speech is silence. The Mercury aspect seems contradictory as this is symbolic of the fluid basis of all transmission of all activity.
There is so much more to this card. I could come back to this at some point.