THE MAGICIAN IN TAROT – CARD BY CARD
The first card of the deck is full of promises. Potential. New beginnings. But hang on, who is the Magician? Is he a magician? Is he trustworthy? In the original Marseille Tarot deck, the magician is called “Bateleur”, a word that takes us back to the Middle Ages where “bateleurs” were public amusers who would perform small tricks on market places. So, is he a magician,an illusionist or a charlatan? Let’s take a closer look.
The Magician is the first card of the deck (or more exactly the card #1, as the Fool can be considered as the first or last depending on cultural preferences). It is preceded by the Fool anyhow and followed by the High Priestess.
Relationship with The Fool: The Fool, like the Magician, represents the beginning. But depending on its context and deck, it can be a pretty dark card. Simply because the Fool does not yet understand where he’s going, he’s not using or mastering any tool. The Magician can be the same young man at a different stage, a more structured one. Or it can be the other side of one same personality: the crazy, unstructured side against the empowered, capable one.
Relationship with the High Priestess: The Magician is a card of action, of “doing” and the nearby presence of the highest and most stable spiritual force in the deck balances his actions.
Its position between two completely opposite cards highlights the Magician’s power to balance and control his actions with skills carefully assimilated. The stakes are high.
ASSOCIATED MEANINGS & SYMBOLS
TAROT WITHIN TAROT
One of the things you should immediately notice on this card – in any serious deck – is that all 4 suits of the minor arcana are present.
The Magician is associated above all to the suit of Wands. His element is Fire, his main sphere of influence is work, his time of the year is the Spring. It’s also the card of the Aries (whose minor arcana is the Wands). See how it’s all linked together? The Magician is probably the most obvious example of the cards kinship within the deck. But these associations can be done for any major card.
CONTROL AND ACTION
The Magician is the card of control. What this young man tells us is that it’s time to act. Act in a structured way using the skills and tools we master the best. He is busy and is about to get busier. He’s the most active character of the game and one of the rare ones to be standing. This position adds to the feeling of power he holds over his environment. He’s not part of it, he’s ruling it. Stand up, take control, do what you have to do: it’s all in your hands. That’s the main message of the Magician.
USE YOUR EYES
Always inspect the card you hold. Look at the table in front of the Magician, this is one of the most interesting “thing” in the deck. There is everything on that table. Look at the colours too. Red for fire, green for hope. These are usually the colours most present on this card. Don’t forget to look at the Magician himself. Originally, he is a young, vigorous man. He usually represents a man below 40 in the consultant’s life.
- the person represented on the card is in control. The young man not only has all the tools he needs to accomplish his work right here in front of him, he also has the skills and knowledge to make the most of them.
- the card can convey the message of a new start. The first spark, the beginning of something that will last (a job, a relationship, a personal situation)
Positive meanings: the Magician is the beginning. And in the beginning, everything is possible. Energy, hope and potential are all part of the Magician’s message. Everything is ready for a project to be kickstarted, a relationship to bloom, a venture to be successful. The required skills are available.
Negative meanings: upside down or surrounded by a negative spread the Magician becomes a charlatan. A young man who is not trustworthy, a liar, someone who does not perform as promised or who is playing tricks to the consultant. The bursting energy of the card becomes destructive. It can also be a warning: think twice before starting a project or accepting a new job.
Associated star sign: Aries
Associated times of the year or day: Springtime. Morning. Tuesday. Wednesday.
Associated locations: Factories. Hospitals. Streets. Stadiums
Keywords: youth, beginning, spark, energy, skills, creative energy, research, studies, physical strength // lies, crooks, violence, illusion, impatience
Welcome the Magician like you would welcome the month of April after a long Winter. He makes it all possible. Feel the positive energy, the fire within the card and accept his invitation to make a move. Take control and work for something you truly want.