Wake Your Wonder: The Magician
Last week, I started my series tackling the Major Arcana cards one at a time. If you're looking to expand your knowledge of the tarot, just bought a pretty deck for yourself but have no idea how to use it, or want to see how I use the archetypes depicted by the cards in practical ways, read on. Today, we meet The Magician.
The Magician is a pretty accessible archetype. Even as kids, we're made familiar with the idea of somebody making something out of nothing. With Magicians, you typically see the end product—the Patronus Harry conjures, the rabbit pulled out of a top hat. This card shows that end of the spectrum—the thing you manifest out of seemingly nothing; but it also demonstrates the opposite end of the spectrum—the training it takes for you to master a card trick, all those years and misadventures in Hogwarts that Harry needed to go through in order to figure things out. The Magician encompasses all that it takes to create. It reminds you that you have the abilities and tools to create, and it challenges you to do something with all those capabilities.
As in the Small Spells Tarot Magician, we see Egypt's pyramids centuries later and just wonder what kind of voodoo it took for ancient cultures to create such massive edifices. The surfaces that make up the woman's desk reminds us of the tools we possess to create this elusive "magic"—if we dig deep enough, patiently enough, we'll find that we do have our own abilities to manifest, create and take action. We build our own pyramids everyday if we will it.
Pretty Standard Stuff About The Magician (check out the Light Grey Tarot and Dreaming Way depictions pictured above):
- The Magician is pictured with tools that symbolize the suits of the tarot. It's a reminder of our abilities — wands stand for willpower, cups stand for emotional fervor, swords stand for logic and mental aptitude, and the pentacles show we've got a handle on the material world).
- The lemniscate or infinity sign atop the Magician's head can symbolize infinite potential.
- One hand up in the air and one hand pointing to the ground (as in the Light Grey Tarot) demonstrates the idea of "As above, so below." To me, this means connecting your higher self with more earthbound aspects. It's holding lofty ideals and enabling them to take shape and form in the world we live in.
But what about cards that go off the beaten path? (See again, the Dreaming Way Tarot as well as the Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot Magicians.)
- The Dreaming Way Tarot's magician has two hands in his pockets as opposed to doing the As Above, So Below (Saturday Night Fever) stance. He's s doesn't even have to do anything to get all those tools of his to start floating in front of him mid-air.
- The Nicoletta Ceccoli tarot hides behind a mask and has a caged bird (perhaps the bird is ready to perform tricks for an audience?). Sometimes we hide behind our powers of manifestation—letting our actions do all the talking without considering our selves and our intentions.
And if you're not used to reading cards that stray from the classics, here are prompts to ask yourself: [You could practice with the Metro Tarot Magician).
- What can those giant shears symbolize?
- What does his facial expression say? Does it betray effort or restfulness?
- Is this Magician representative of creative or destructive forces? Can he symbolize both?
Hope this is giving you some things to ponder. To me, the Magician represents active energy that wants to wake you up and stimulate you.
If you've got any other opinions and thoughts on the Major Arcana, send me a message or hit me up on Instagram @practical_magical so we can have a conversation. 'Til the High Priestess…