The Fool’s Journey follows The Fool through his life, education, love, conflicts and death, and helps make Tarot easier to understand. The Fool is the hero of the story. The Fool is you.
The Major Arcana are ordered as per The Fool’s Journey as follows (all previous posts are linked here):
The High Priestess
The Wheel of Fortune
The Hanged Man
The Magician is the first person the Fool encounters on his journey through life. He is an influential teacher and guide who offers education and enlightenment. His energy is that of action, purpose and will. The card indicates an important beginning and suggests that now is a time for creative, spiritual, physical and/or emotional action. New opportunities are in abundance. This card is a positive omen for success and the power to cause change.
I really do find the symbolism of the Tarot cards fascinating!
For the Magician, the central figure is a young, dark-haired man wearing a loose white robe and scarlet cloak, indicating purity and purpose. He raises a white wand towards the heavens, showing the purity of his higher aspirations. If you look closely, his belt shows a snake eating its own tail, symbolising eternity. Above his head hovers the infinity symbol.
One hand points to the ground, and the other to the sky symbolising his connection between earthly men, the Gods, spirit and matter. On the table before him sits a wand, cup, sword and pentacle. These are the four suits of the Minor Arcana and can be interpreted as the four elements (fire, water, air and earth) as well as the Jungian four functions of consciousness (intuition, feeling, thinking and sensation). These four symbols are all that the Fool requires to succeed on his journey.
According to the story, the Magician greets the Fool, takes his small pack and opens it, showing the Fool that he carries these four tools and the potential to achieve anything he wishes. But did the Magician use his magic to do this, or was the Fool’s potential already there?
In a Tarot spread, The Magician is an incredibly positive card full of potential and opportunity. He shows than now is a time for action which could lead to great creative, intuitive, spiritual, physical and/or emotional change. He also reminds us that the tools required for success are already available to us, we must only act.
Hope this was as fun to read as it was to write!
I am learning a lot from this blog series, let me know what you think.
Have a nice day,