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The Magician

by Danielle Astrid Ricard

For ease in writing, I will use the gender pronoun that best matches the illustration below - no sexism intended. To listen to Musical accompaniment, look for a small link in the text!

This Archetype is number 1 of 22 Trump or Major Arcana cards in the Tarot. While the remaining pip and court cards portray more mundane realities, these cards represent higher energies, karmic forces, powers beyond our control, and superhuman strengths. In the Thoth Tarot deck, the Magician is ruled by Mercury.

The Magician

Magician - Cosmic Tarot

~ Action ~

The Magician, the Juggler, Thoth, Mercury - this archetype, quite simply, makes things happen. The Magician doesn't merely act - he swiftly and decisively controls the elements and summons the forces of nature.

How often do we create on pure strength of will? When, and how are we able to integrate all the elements within us - the powers of fire (spirituality), air (intellect), water (emotion) and earth (practicality) and make magical changes happen?

Nimble Mercury as Magician serves as an excellent example - he is aware of everything worldly - above, below, around and in-between. This is how we create from our will - through that pure awareness that allows us to harness our innate powers.

Another wonderful representative for the Magician is sweet, lovable Merlin. (I'm recalling the book - "The Once and Future King", as well as Disney's "the Sword in the Stone") Merlin had a unique design for young Arthur. He exposed little "Wart", who was innocent and unaware of his powers (a prerequisite for Magical purity!) to every possible viewpoint of the world... from the lowliest ant (earth), to a fish in the sea (water), to a bird in the sky (air), to a squirrel in the trees (fire). Merlin could even see into the future - he had already been there! He helped sweet Arthur (the Fool) to achieve the true understanding every ruler needs in order to properly serve his subjects.

The Magician knows that, without awareness of the affects of our actions on all people involved - on every level, we are weak, ineffective and may ultimately fail. We can achieve our greatest successes by claiming the Magician's power to integrate the elements, and act decisively - with full awareness of the consequences.

Every ruler needs her/his Merlin, Vizier, Attorney General, power behind the throne - to see a bit farther, beyond the veil of image and authority, and into the nitty-gritty of life. You may sometimes be Merlin, or from time to time have someone in your life who serves in that capacity. Your power may come and go. Ultimately, we all must take action and move forward in daily life - and so Magicians we must be.

Quite simply, the Magician is conscious initiative, and it is important to note that without the purity of heart that the Fool possesses, one may be doomed to use their power in less than conscious ways.

MEDITATION: Contemplate the magical power within you. Travel in time to a situation in which you had complete awareness and control, and felt able to achieve anything.

PERSONAL DISCUSSIONS: When have you felt the energy of the Magician? Have you seen it in other people? Have you had happy/sad experiences with this energy?

TAROT EXPERIENCE: Recalling a time when you may have you drawn this card, what were the circumstances surrounding it, and what did it mean to you? How do you feel this archetype affects the cards that come before or after?

More Magical Considerations: manifestation, logic, cunning trickery, creation, altar, weapon, wand ... any more ideas???

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