The Magician

direct your will to bring forth

from Paracelsus Dreams

The Magician has goals to bring forth and the power to make them a reality by working in unison with cosmic energy. What is in us is being called out, and we realize that we have the tools needed to manifest our desires. Smith-Waite decks often depict The Magician with one arm pointing up and the other down, signifying “as above, so below.” A catalyst, it’s the quick mental force that initiates where we direct our will.

(-) In resistance, when we doubt our sense of purpose, we are aimless in our pursuits or we overcompensate, overdoing things in an attempt to hide our blocks or aimlessness from ourselves.

(+) In excess, we become too active, and as our aims disappear, we find ourselves engaging in activity for activity’s sake. We become restless and blame others for our lack of success. We’re scattered, starting many projects but not completing them.

We may overestimate our power, or use it irresponsibly (such as those drawn to the dark arts) or deceitfully (like the charlatan). Traditionally, Le Bateleur was a trickster, a street-wise con man with his table of tricks

Questions we may be prompted to ask when this card comes up include

  • Is your energy scattered and unfocused? What is one thing you can do to harness and direct it?
  • What do you feel called to bring out? Are you stifling the inspiration? Why?
  • How could you trick your fears?
  • Where have you overused your power, or used it irresponsibly?

What else? The archetypes of the majors are complex and you may have other insights. How has this card come up for you?

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