Original Rider Waite -By A E Waite & Pamela Colman-Smith
Published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
These are my own, try to make up one's that you can remember.
Make things happen
The Esoteric Title for this card is: The Magus of Power (Book T)
Astrological Attribution: Mercury - Again you must forgive my lack of astrology, but I do believe that Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and apparently has the fastest orbit of nine know planets. Therefore Mercury is quick.
Elementally Attribution: Air Elemental air is hot and wet and its nature is separation.
Positive Meanings: Action - Power - Creativity - Confidence - Willpower - Potential.
Negative Meanings: Manipulation - Trickery - Lack of Confidence - Misuse of Power.
The Magician indicates for us that we have the willpower and the initiative to succeed. The four elements on his table tell you that you have all you need to create. If he was to speak to you he would say "you have the power to create."
When The Magician turns up in a reading he indicates that this is the time for action and energy. He is a number 1 card and that represents potential and new beginnings. When he appears he urges you to recognise that you have what it takes to make things happen. He points the way for you to transform one situation into another. He stands for being aware of the power in your life.
The negative aspects of this card indicate that you may well lack will power or the confidence needed to transform a situation. He also stands for trickery, think con-artist. Or he could indicate one that misuses power and manipulates others to his own end.
Notice the position of the arms, one points to the heavens and one to the earth, 'as above, so below.' This translates to mean that if one allows their higher self to work with their consciousness, then you will have a better understanding of what you possess in order to create the reality you desire. I think his fundamental element of his message is awareness, intention and willpower in order to see things through. The Magician indicates that you have to do things for yourself.
Lets look at the symbolism of the card:
1. Lemniscate, the Magician has above his head the sign of the mystical lemniscate which looks like a number 8 on its side. It is also the mathematical symbol for infinity and therefore connects the Magician to timelessness.
2. Ouroboros, around his waist is a belt which resembles a snake eating its tail. This becomes a circular symbol of time and reinforces the message of the lemniscate.
3. Roses and Lilies, Red roses could symbolise desire and action while the White lilies could stand for truth.
4. Table/Alter, could the table itself stand for the potential in one's life? It is, where the Magician stands his tools.
5. Magical tools, on his table are four magical tools and these have come to represent the 4 elements, Air, (sword) Fire, (wand) Water, (cup) Earth (pentacle.)
6. Position of his hands, the Magician stands holding his own wand pointing to the heavens, while his other hand points to the earth. As stated above this symbolises 'as above, so below,' meaning our spiritual self should be manifested in our reality.
7. Yellow background, taking what yellow appears to symbolise in tarot, it's an indication of mental activity, solar, energy, willpower and awareness and intention, which is what our Magician is all about.
I think what the Magician says to us is "you have the power to create," and what he does is point the way in which further development can take place. He is able to expand his energies on his vision and ideals to which he is committed.
The Magician indicates our intuitive ability and can highlight for us those experiences we have chosen to manifest as well as indicating those areas that tend to limit us, thus giving us a better understanding of how we should deal with these aspects of life.
I really think what the Magician is saying in plain words to us is that the power is within one's own hands to not just create one's reality but to understand how we should approach this.
The Magician tells us that we have to be more aware that we are more than just physical beings and this realisation is what gives us the power to create.
Exercise for this week:
Don't forget to write out a couple of Tarot Wisdom statements for the Magician. I'll give you an example of this.
May you today envisage those new beginnings you desire and display the will power to create them for yourself.
If you would like to leave your answers in the comments I will come back and look and comment on them.
See you next week with The High Priestess.
Credit for Cards show:
Original Rider Waite By A.E. Waite & Pamela Colman-Smith
Published by U.S. Games Systems Inc.