Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Magician

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1 The Magician

Keywords: power; magic; self-control; influence; the occult; the elements– earth, air, fire, water; self-assurance

Archetypes: Merlin; The Wizard of Oz; Gandalf; Dumbledore; Snow White’s step-mother, the Queen; King Arthur’s sister, Morgane

Correspondences:

Number/1

Planet/Mercury

Element/Air

Astrological Sun Sign/Aries

Upright Interpretation:

You have the Power!”…says The Magician. He’s every great wizard or powerful witch who’s ever been portrayed in folklore or the media. He’s all the over-the-top special effects type magic you’ve ever wished you had. (And yes, we’ve all wished we could twitch our nose and get what we want.) He’s a reminder, just in case you’ve lost sight of the fact, that you are strong and capable and have it within yourself to be successful, to be a winner. Pick up this power, The Magician tells us, and run with it!

Reversed Interpretation:

Someone has found your weak spot and is draining you, or at least making you believe that you’ve lost “it”– the ability to win and succeed. Sometimes we actually do this to ourselves, through low self-esteem, through a lack of self-confidence. Sometimes this ugly little character called Doubt slips in, and convinces us that “we can’t”, when really “we can”. Don’t let your energy, your magic, and your strength drain away. Turn this card around, you can do it. Yes!– that’s the magic…You Can Do It!

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I am the power.

2. Earth is my body, may it be healthy and strong.

3. Air is my mind, may it soar with infinite possibilities.

4. Fire is my passion, may the flames of my will burn bright.

5. Water is my intuition, may my dreams and visions speak to me.

A Tarot Reading for The Magician:
The Magician ~ Queen/pentacles; 4/pentacles ®; Ace/swords ®

The Magician, the one with power and abilities above the realm of the rest of us human beings.  But is this a true scenario?  Sometimes the power of The Magician can be greatly exaggerated.  There are times when this individual is struggling just like the rest of us, but he may feel that there are higher expectations for him. (Like the Golden Child, so successful that he feels he will gravely disappoint if he is not repeatedly brilliant.)  This is so unreal, and unhealthy.   Behind (or beside, or in front of) this character stands a woman.  A powerful, strong, nurturing woman.  At her best, she may be his god-send; at her worst, she is what drives him to the brink of insanity.  Isn’t this the psychology example most familiar to us?…“How did you feel about your mother?”  But for The Magician, this can often be a very pointed, very defining, very eye-opening question with unexpected answers.

With all of the tools of power at his fingertips, along with the knowledge and gift that is the art of it all, The Magician still holds back.  What is it that this individual clings to so desperately?  It could be material things, but it more often than not goes much deeper than that.  He’s afraid to let go.  He’s afraid to let go because he might fall.  So he hangs on with a tenacious grip– to money, to relationships, to theologies, to ideas and opinions, not realizing that he might choke the life out of the very things he wishes to keep.

Communication will be the key to free The Magician.  With all of his glorious external paraphernalia representing power and magic, the one thing that has eluded this individual is the incredibly potent ability to communicate openly, clearly, honestly with the people around him, and sometimes even with himself.  This is where he needs to start to regain his balance, to clear his head, to pick up all the positive energy in the universe that is paused and waiting for him.  He needs to breathe the element of Air into his soul, he needs to clear the pathway for communication at all levels.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Fool

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0 The Fool

Keywords: Journey; adventure; new beginnings; a fresh slate; naiveté; inexperience; travel; progression; trust; determination; lack of tact; mental illumination; communication

Archetypes: The Beaver; Pollyanna (played by Haley Mills); the Tin Man; Lassie; Mr. Rogers

Correspondences:

Number/0

Planet/Uranus

Element/Air

Astrological Sun Sign/Aries

Upright Interpretation:

The Fool says, “We are off!”…on an adventure, that is. The world is your oyster, and hopefully you’re going to find a big fat white beautiful Pearl inside. Optimism is at its peak, bright lights and adventure are calling your name. You feel a need– no, an absolute compulsion– to explore the world, to start fresh, to begin at the beginning. It’s a new day, a new dawn, and you are vibrating with positive energy and infinite possibilities. This card is so full of in-your-face hyper energy it makes me feel like I’m running around in mad confusion with a gazillion things on my mind– everything that I’ve never done, everything that I’ve wanted to do, everything that I’m destined to do, and I’m trying to do it all at once. (No more caffeine for me!) And just as an after thought, don’t confuse “new beginnings” with youth. New Beginnings are Spirit’s salve for Life’s harshness and come at all age levels.

Reversed Interpretation:

The Fool howls, “Oh, No!”, as he slips on a banana peel and goes right over the edge of that cliff he’s perched on. Reversed, The Fool is a disaster waiting to happen. The harsher, more obnoxious side of Aries comes through, only making situations more difficult, tempers hotter, patience shorter, confrontations sharper and more destructive. The Fool reversed doesn’t have a clue. He could be going to hell in a hand-basket, for all he knows. The Fool is that poor guy who thinks he has a great idea, he’s sure of it, you can’t tell him otherwise; the only problem is he hasn’t thought it through. Almost everyone has at least one great big “Oops” experience in their life. Don’t feel bad.

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I will not be afraid to try something new.

2. I will accept and celebrate the adventures life sends my way.

3. I will relish and live everyday as though it were my last.

4. I will explore new ideas.

5. I will remember to plan ahead.

A Tarot Reading for The Fool:
The Fool ~ 4/pentacles; The Tower ®; The Star ®

The Fool, off on his perennial journey to find himself, or some facsimile, has neglected to back up his journey with a little planning and foresight.  But there’s more to it than that.  He’s hanging onto something, something that he may not even admit to himself.  He’s hanging onto something for fear of what will happen if he lets go.  So in the interim, he plays free spirit, when often much deeper and more serious thoughts loom just beneath the surface of his persona.

The Fool has a difficult time facing crisis when it comes along in life.  It’s not so much that he’s not aware of it, more acutely than anyone would guess, it’s just that he doesn’t want to fog up his rose colored glasses; and then there are those Fools who have become use to other people cleaning up the catastrophes of life for them.  He doesn’t realize that with his foggy glasses the way forward is not clear.  He won’t see that cavernous hole in the road ahead until it’s too late.  Beware Fool, you bring on your own demise in the mad ambition of eluding responsibility.

As The Fool stumbles blindly forward in life, he somehow maintains the happy unbridled outlook of the perennial optimist.  That’s one thing about this guy.  He’ll keep his chin up no matter what the world is piling on top of him.  It’s one of the perks of those rose colored glasses.  And his optimism will be contagious, except to the individual who is left with broom and dustpan in hand to sweep up the mess.  He’s always hopeful, The Fool, but be careful of catching his optimism, it more often than not has an ethereal quality about it that somehow eludes reality.

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