Blue Rose Tarot
Created by Paula Gibby
Published by Soul Guidance
The white-faced, leering visage of this Magician is at one frightening and comical. Is he an illusionist or a trickster? Is to he to be feared or followed? Is he mad or a genius? I think he is all of these things and none of them. He controls the appearance of reality and can trick us into seeing what he wants but not necessarily what is true. A rainbow shoots forth over his shoulder. Is it from his wand? Is it from another source? Is it even really there? The only way we will ever be sure is if The Magician admits his tricks.
Magic, when done well, can fill us with wonder and amazement. The slight of hand and distorting of reality takes us to a place of wonder and lifts us out of our day to day reality. Sometimes it can even freak us out, especially if the magical working seems impossible. Is what we see truly happening? For that matter, what is it that we’ve seen? It can be difficult to know what is real during a magic show (at least if the magician is truly skilled).
This Magician reminds me that sometimes we fool ourselves. We have the skill and drive to create the reality we desire but sometimes we fool ourselves and create the reality others expect from us instead. Are we tricking ourselves or truly working magic in our lives? The Magician reminds us that we have the power to control our fates but it can be quite scary to wield that kind of power. We can create rainbows and maybe even find the gold at their end but first we need to be truthful with ourselves. We need to release the illusions we hide behind, take off the face paint and accept who we truly are and what we want our of our lives.
That’s what makes this Magician appear so frightening – he reflects our own fears, self-doubts and ambitions back at us. He shows us what we expect and what we might achieve. He represents our potential and our reality. The question is do we want to create our own magic or let ourselves be deluded by the tricks and illusions of others? Accepting the tools and focusing our energies to create our reality can be daunting. It requires us to stop blaming others or circumstances for our failures. It means realizing that if something goes wrong it is the result of our workings. Many people are frightened of taking this step but if we aren’t willing to take it then we are subject to the whims of fate. That frightens me even more.