Thursday, October 22, 2009

Exploring Archetypes: The Magician

The Magician is a youthful figure smiling with confidence. In the French Tarot he is known as Le Bateleur, "the mountebank" or the "sleight of hand artist", a stage magician.

In later Tarot decks he becomes The Magus as his curving hat become the infinity symbol above his head. Around his waist is another symbol of infinity, the Ouroboros or serpent eating its own tail, eternally transforming from one state to another. His hands point to both heaven and earth as he reminds us that he is of this world and of the spirit world.

On the table in front of him are the 4 suits of the Tarot: earth (discs), air (swords), fire, (wands), and water (cups). He has all the tools he needs for transformation.

The Magician reminds us that we have everything we need in order to create and while he is known as "the Magus" which sounds magical, he is in fact a skilled communicator who bridges the spirit world and the everyday world. He knows the art of right timing and when to use his tools: Disks for mastery of the physical, Swords for clear thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs, Wands for Intuitive insights, and Cups for Emotional flow and responses.

I see The Magus as a card of Infinite Possibilities. When he comes up in a reading, I think of all the tools available in every moment, that all we need do is remember that we can draw upon them during our days to create positive outcomes.

Questions: What are my Magus tools and how am I utilizing them?

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