Today’s card is the Magician, also known as the Mage or Magus, number One of the Major Arcana. Traditionally, The Magician is one who can demonstrate skill in various magickal arts such as healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans, and the like. It also indicates a person who is opening up to their spiritual essence and finding the power that lies within them. A modern Magician is any person who completes the circuit between Heaven and Earth; one who seeks to bring forth the Divine Spirit within her or himself. At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with The Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand and charging the world with magical will, was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.
Waite’s image of The Magician as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements — with its formal arrangement of symbols — is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what The Magician was doing. It is always best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, then allow yourself to be guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.
When this card appears, it is saying ‘Trust your Inspiration’. You are smarter than you think. Have faith in your innate creativity. The Magician advises you to give your questioning nature and free-associating mind plenty of room to explore the subject at hand. Behave just as if you were an open-minded and curious scientist. Through this process, you may bring freshness and clarity into the situation that is both stimulating and catalytic.
You do not have to understand it all intellectually. Intuition can be your ace in the hole. Respond in a spontaneous manner to what is right in front of you without making up a reason to hold yourself back. Your natural urges are exactly what is needed, and, your ingenuous timing and elegant style will help smooth over any awkwardness.
May you find that your intuition leads you to your most magickal self!