This paper uses the Tarot card “The Magician” as an index of non-mechanistic, mutualist, causality that enables the dynamics of self-organization. The philosophical framework is derived from the process metaphysics of Whitehead, Peirce, Dewey, as well as French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. The action of the Magician in Nature establishes a transversal (Deleuze’s term) communication, which is capable of creating a semiotic bridge over the dualistic gap between mind and matter, science and magic, process and structure, the world without and the world within, subject and object, human experience and the natural world. The figure of The Magician is akin to Hermes, a mythical messenger that enables communication between different levels of reality, creating genuine novelty when it intervenes into the two realms and creates a semiotic bridge between them. Yet, such is the real action of signs in the natural world. The paper also presents a model that uses geometry on the complex plane and the corollary is such that the presence of the Magician in the world makes human pre-cognition possible. The model presents a process-structure that incorporates the transversal communication in its very dynamics.
Cybernetics & Human Knowing Vol. 15, Issue 2, p. 33-48