Visual Magic with Sarah Faith // The Magician
“When we practice magic we are always making connections, moving energy, identifying with other forms of being. Magic could be called the applied science that is based on an understanding of how energy makes patterns and patterns direct energy. To put it another way, at its heart is a paradox: Consciousness shapes reality; Reality shapes consciousness.”
—Starhawk, from Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics
The Magician is the 2nd card in the Major Arcana Rider Waite Deck. (In the Thoth Deck, it is called “The Magus”, in the Osho Deck, it is “Existence”. In the tale of the Fool’s Journey, the Fool comes across the Magician: the number 1, the symbol of personal power, the ego, creative self expression, focus, and manifesting goals. The Magician is ruled by the planet Mercury, and with it, inspires communication, messages, education, and cunning intellect. This figure represents action in all forms and phases.
He stands tall, arm raised, wand in hand, taking in the energies of the heavens and sky.The Magician’s feet are grounded to the earth, practicing practicality, measured steps, and physical work and growth. He has an ouroboros belt; the symbol of recycling energy, infinity, and karma. In front of him, his table covered with the four elements, which correspond with the four suits of the minor arcana. Abundance frames the scene above and below.
When the Magician appears, it is a prompt to harness your power to create projects and birth your manifestations into form. This is the time to act consciously, with focus and concentration on the task at hand: channelling desires, messages, and big dreams into physical form. The card is also a reminder to focus on balancing the connection between heaven and earth in your life—or the cerebral, dreamy aspects, and the nose to the grindstone action, pure grit, repetition, and physical actions that are needed to go for this next step in your life.The power does not come from the magician but through the magician. Without the aligned and integrated forces of air(mind), earth(resources, labor), of fire (action and originality) and water(emotion, spirituality), us Magicians will not be so successful in our endeavors.
Another aspect of this deck, depending on the querent’s situation and questions, and on the position of the card in the spread, come from the trope of the Magician as trickster, illusionist, and snake oil seller. Is there someone in your life who fits this description? Are there any smoke and mirrors hanging around your life or psyche? This card can also remind us to get serious about people and situations who are “too good to be true”; they are perhaps brimming with flashy promises without the hard work or authenticity that is needed to back it all up.
The original iconography that the Magician is derived from is “Le Batleur”:the bearer of the wand, and of energy set forth. When you pull the Magician card, know that it is time for you to muster your abundant personal power, that in fact you already possess this power, and your vision and hard work will make an impact. There are important opportunities awaiting your expression of intellect, creativity, and magic.
Focus, and take the physical steps that your dreams require.
Interpretations: making what is possible real, producing magical results, using your talents, acting consciously, mental clarity and divine concentration, channelling and harnessing your personal power, stepping into your true motivations, seeing the embodiment of will manifested
Crystals: boji stones, dalmatian stones, sichuan quartz, merlinate, muscovite