Updated: Jun 9, 2018
Welcome back to our tarot series. In this series we take a closer look at the Rider-Waite style of tarot, and each post features a different card with tips for readings and advice for incorporating the lessons of the cards into our lives. This week we’re highlighting The Magician.
The Spirit of the Magician
“In such a small world, I'm all curled up with a book to read. I can make money — open up a thrift store. I can make a living off a magazine. I can design an engine sixty-four miles to a gallon of gasoline. I can make new antibiotics. I can make computers survive aquatic conditions. I know how to run a business. I can make you wanna buy a product. Movers shakers and producers, me and my friends understand the future. I see the strings that control the systems. I can do anything with no assistance, 'cause I can lead a nation with a microphone.”
This week finds us deep in the throes of the first Mercury Retrograde of 2018, so it's fitting that this week's card is the Magician, who is on occasion represented by the god Mercury himself, caduceus in-hand. More frequently, the Magician is seen holding a rod or wand to the heavens as their other hand gestures towards terra firma. In this, the Magician is the essence of manifestation, channeling the world above us into physical reality. Similarly, the Magician is often depicted as an alchemist with all four suits of the tarot (wands, cups, swords, and pentacles) at their work table — they are an expert in blending the virtues (and vices) of the suits to manifest their intent.
The Magician represents creative manifestation, skill, energy, and successful new projects. As the hero in our journey moves on from the Fool, they have gained powerful knowledge and experience on their path, yet their optimism and creative passion are undiluted and untainted. In this, the Magician can also represents new beginnings, similar to the Fool, but with an added emphasis on being able to manifest dreams into reality.
The caveat that attends the Magician is that we must always be sensible to that which we manifest in our lives for, in the words of Gandhi "a man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes."
In a Reading
If you receive the Magician upright in a reading, you are in an optimal place, possessing both the vision and energy to make your dreams manifest. Consider what opportunities the Universe has presented you, as well as the skills, knowledge, and tools you have at hand to help bring your vision about. Know that to achieve your goal hard work will be required, so don't lose focus. Intense concentration may be required — but never fear, your labors will pay off, so carpe that diem!
Meanwhile, if you received the Magician reversed, it may be time to consider how realistic your visions are. Are you deceiving yourself (or others) with illusions that will not become reality? Common readings for the card when reversed are deceit, trickery, greed, and manipulation. Should it appear, remember, "with great power comes great responsibility."
The Magician’s Advice
The Magician embodies dreams made manifest and reminds us all of our innate, creative power. When you receive this card, take a moment to honor your own magical essence and creative force. Remember to share your gifts, not hoard them, for in so doing you can transform the world.