Monday, July 16, 2012

As Above, So Below. Lessons From the Magician

The first numbered card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot is the Magician. This figure stands with wand in hand toward the sky, and with index finger of the other hand toward the ground. He is crowned with a Lemniscate for infinite power, and a self-consuming serpent rests around his waist. Before him is an altar adorned with the tools of Magick; cup, pentacle, sword and wand. A lush garden of roses and lilies grow around him. The Magician is the force that brings what you have had on your mind. It is the lesson your mother told you about being careful just what you wish for, lest the desire to stay home from school results in catching a nasty cold, or the object of your affection falls for you - only to reveal their true nature as a less than trustworthy partner. The Magician is also the beacon of opportunity, with the power to focus intent and will to manifest desire.

When an old friend suddenly pops into your mind and you end up running in to them the next day, or when you contemplate buying a new appliance only to learn unexpectedly that a neighbor is looking to get rid of the same item, these acts of random fortune seem to carry an energy of magic and excitement. It is as if the universe has heard your desire and granted you the opportunity to see your dreams come true. The job that would be perfect if only it existed….but it does!

Take hold of these synchronistic opportunities and let the Magician help you transform your desire into your reality. The Magician is a powerful figure and not one to be taken lightly. He represents a latent power within us all to bring forth what we desire. Take care, what we desire and what is best are not always congruent. The Magician carries a force of action, and it is up to the individual to discern which actions carry integrity and which merely get the job done.

The power of the Magician also carries a warning against wasting mental energy on that which is not truly productive. Jealousy, resentment and vengeance do not aid in development, however appealing they may seem. The power to manifest, stagnating on these toxic emotions, will bring self destruction. Instead of fantasizing about misfortune befalling an adversary, why not expend the energy to better one’s self? This is what it means to carry the power of the Magician with integrity. Such integrity is not innate however. The Magician can be a trickster and can provide a satisfying allure of getting lost in one’s desires without consideration of higher attributes.

Let the Magician’s powerful potential help you unlock the latent ability to make your dreams come true by focusing your energy on that which will bring abundance, even if it means working diligently to avoid negative thinking or comparing one’s self to others. The Magician appears to bring the message that you are capable of accomplishing your dreams and realizing your goals with a clear and focused mind, one not distracted by doubt and negativity.

Article by: Angela Kaufman.  Angela is a Priestess for the Dragon Warriors of Isis Coven in Upstate, New York, and the co-author of Wicca: What's the Real Deal?  She is a professional tarot reader.For more information about Wicca: What's the Real Deal? visit

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