I. THE MAGICIAN
card reveals a Magician wrapped in his robe. The robe is red, indicating his
personal creative force. He wears a white gown under his robe, symbolizing the
purity of intention that lies behind his actions. His belt is a serpent eating
its own tail, indicating the never-ending cycle of evolution. Above his head is
an infinity sign, representing his connection to Spirit. One hand is holding a
double-terminated wand and is pointed upwards, while his other hand points down.
This gesture reflects his ability to communicate the powers and gifts of Spirit
to the material world.
table before him are the tools he uses in his craft- a rod (spirit), a cup
(emotions), a sword (mind), and a coin (matter). He has developed these aspects
of life into himself and uses them for his magical, transformative endeavors.
Around him circle roses and lilies, which show the development (or blooming) of
consciousness and the element of aspiration towards greater spiritual
the reading-The Magician reflects that the querent has control
over the immediate environment. He has power and influence over what is going on
in his life and the circum- stances that surround him. He also possesses the
abilities and talents to accomplish what he is setting out to do and to achieve
the goals he has in mind. The Magician card deals with the use of, a person's
intuition, self-confidence, will power, intelligence, and skill in action. All
of these qualities lead the querent to success and accomplishment.
position of the card reflects the misuse of individual power when the goal
is for purely personal gain and egocentric control over the situation in
question. The querent may be using deceit or manipulation in order to get what
is desired instead of allowing himself to be aligned with a higher power for
meaning-Enlightenment. There is a need to continue
on one's path towards the understanding and appreciation of natural laws. Once
armed with this knowledge, the individual may safely participate in the current
situation and be a positive force for co-creating the world around him.
meaning-The Magician illustrates how the conscious mind may be a
powerful tool in life when it is connected to the natural forces that surround
us. Individual consciousness is then developing according to the right use of
vital energy. A person may then
invoke the Spirit (while using his own emotions, thoughts, and physical tools)
to manifest and create.
from the “Pocket Guide to the Tarot” by Alan Oken