The Magician Artwork Description
“A youthful figure in a magician’s robe has the face of divine Apollo, with a confident smile and shining eyes. Above his head is the mysterious sign of the Holy Spirit, the sign of life, like an endless cord, forming the figure 8 in a horizontal position ∞. About his waist is a serpent cincture, the serpent appearing to devour its own tail. This is familiar to most as a conventional symbol of eternity, but here it indicates more especially the eternity of attainment in the spirit. In the Magician’s right hand is a wand raised towards heaven, while the left hand is pointing to the earth. This dual sign is known in very high grades of the instituted mysteries; it is the course of grace, virtue, and light, drawn from things above and derived to things below. The suggestion throughout is therefore the possession and communication of the powers and gifts of the spirit. On the table before the Magician are the symbols of the four Tarot suits, signifying the elements of natural life, which lie like counters before the adept, and he adapts them as he wills. Beneath are the roses and lilies, changed into garden flowers, to show the culture of aspiration. This card signifies the divine motive in man, reflecting God, the will in the liberation attending his union with that which is above. It is also the unity of individual being on all planes.” 1
The Magician Associations
- Alternate Names: Magus, Juggler.
- One: 1 Initiation, Commencement.
- Element: Air.
- Rune: Ansuz “messages”.
- Crystal/Gem: Carnelian.
- Kabbalah: Bet “house”.
- Astrological: Mercury.
- Astronomical: Supergalactic Centre (M87).
The Magician Basic Meaning
The Magician follows The Fool with more expertise. The Magician knows how to manifest the metaphysical—bringing dreams and desires into possession. He observes the opportunities and resources around him and brings it all together to create. He is a skilled craftsman.
The Magician Controversies and Observations
I, personally, do not think “The Magician” would be the best name for this card. It’s less about smoke and mirrors (or witchcraft) to make our desires manifest. This card would work better with a name like “The Alchemist” or “The Inventor”. That is just my modern influence of an opinion, and shouldn’t take away the original meaning (just wanted to say that to further explain the card’s intention as I see it).
“The caster of the dice and mounteback.” 1
“Meaning: Skill, diplomacy, address; sickness, pain, loss, disaster, self confidence, will; the Querent, if male.
Reversed: Physician, Magus, mental disease, disgrace, disquiet.” 1
“Having the power to change thought into form; creative control and mastery; time to take action and seize opportunities; skill and initiative.” 2
“Basic Tarot Symbols: Red and white coloring, the lemniscate (infinity symbol), a small wand, a table displaying a chalice, a pentacle, a staff (wand) and a sword.
Basic Tarot Meaning: At #1, the Magician is the male power of creation by willpower and desire. The lemniscate (infinity symbol) over his head indicates the energy of thought. Thus, he draws divine power down from the heavens into his white wand, molds it with that energy of thought, and makes it manifest on Earth (his finger pointing to the ground). This is that most ancient magic to make real whatever he imagines in his head merely by saying it aloud. (‘And God said ‘Let there be Light!’ and there was Light’).
Reflecting this is the fact that the Magician is often represented by Mercury. Mercury is the planet and god of smooth talkers and salesmen. Also clever with the sleight of hand (Mercury *was* the god of thieves!) and a medicine man – either a real doctor or someone trying to sell you snake oil.
The 4 suits before him remind us of the 4 aces, which in the Tarot symbolize the raw, undeveloped, undirected power of each suit. When the Magician appears, he reveals these to you. The tarot reader might well interpret this card as telling the querent that they will be given a vision, an idea, a magical, mental image of whatever it is they most want: the solution to a problem, an ambitious career, a love life, a job.
Thirteen’s Observations: If any card in the Tarot is the Tarot, it is the Magician. He’s one of the most recognizable cards, always a favorite. He’s also the only card in the major arcana that refers to the minors with the ‘trumps’ displayed upon his table. One way to look at them is as ideas that the Magician is offering you. Thus, the card is about getting an idea and finding a way to verbalize it. This is the first step toward making it a reality. Which is why the Magician can indicate a time when one is eloquent and charismatic, clever, witty, inventive and persuasive.
Keep in mind, however, that the Magician could be a trickster. If this card represents some magnetic person in the querent’s life, they need to make sure that he’s or she is a genuine magician, not a con man.
The card can also indicate an interest in certain careers or someone who is already in one of those careers: a scientist, inventor or medical professional. The card also relates to careers where speech and writing is of great importance: salesman, motivational speaker, storyteller, politician, commentator. This might be the querent himself, something the querent wants to be, or someone who was, is or will be in his life.
Most importantly, the Magician card stands for the ‘reveal’ – as in a magic trick. The handkerchief is draped over an empty box, the Magician waves his wand, *presto!*–now there is a dove in the box. The Magician card does the same for the querent–only what it reveals is not birds or rabbits but NEW ideas. Emphasis on NEW. When the Magician card appears, the querent is likely to say: “Now there’s an idea! Why didn’t I think of that before?” Truth is the querent probably had that idea in his head all along. The Magician merely revealed it to him, allowed him to verbalize it and crystallize that idea. But what will the Querent do with this idea? That’s a question for the next card….” 3
Axank’s Dream Recollection
November 11, 2011
I dreamt I was on vacation with my family and considered moving to Virginia all on my own <taking opportunity>.
I was watching lo-fi movies of murders on my laptop in the dark alone. I was getting pretty grossed/freaked-out and considered moving into my parent’s room for the night. In one of the videos this one guy was at a party with his friends. They were in an empty swimming-pool type thing, but the walls were made of brick. Some one had busted the brick-wall into rubble. When this guy saw what had happened, he started freaking out… then became very positive and calm… then took a sludge hammer and started smashing is friends’ heads in effortlessly.