Wheel of Change Tarot created by Alexandra Gennetti
Published by Destiny Books, 1997
The Magician shows us an androgynous looking young man wearing a blue tunic adorned with braided trim and golden stars. He has long black hair and wears a golden band across his forehead. Part of his face seem to be in shadow or covered by a veil. The Magician has four arms, each holding one of the symbols of the elements – a sword, a torch, a disk/wheel and a cup. He stands in an archway with two pillars on either side of him. The bottom of the pillars are wrapped by golden vines. Above the Magician’s head we see that the area above the pillars is decorated a deep-blue with stars and planets floating through space. The letter T A R O also appear linked together in a variety of ways. Behind the Magician we see a winding road leading towards a mountain in the distance.
The Book says: The Magician refers to Hermes, who was the messenger of the gods. Hermes represents the power of communication between distant and opposing forces. This communication is expressed in the living surface of the earth and in the human will, the word of God through which masculine creative energy is expressed. This card in its simplest form represents discipline and the implication of the will on living humanity. The power of the will is linked to the ability to predict outcomes. For example, when we head off to a job we dislike ;it is because we know that it we will be paid, thus allowing us to eat and live a comfortable life. Pulling the Magician implies a specific knowledge of the workings of the world or perhaps a specific situation. This card implies a need to self-control or suggests that you are using this control in your circumstance.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: This card suggests the confidence, skill and focus needed to achieve our goals and balance our responsibilities. The multi-armed Magician is obviously at ease dealing with the varied elements and their spheres of influence. He is balanced within himself and able to use this balance to achieve external success. I would think it isn’t easy controlling the actions of 4 arms at one time – so obviously this Magician is able to exert the self-control needed to accomplish the task. He also serves as the one who guides us through the gateway. He helps us communicate with what lies beyond the gate and has the skills and abilities to aid us in moving back and forth freely. The Magician is the wonder worker who can show us amazing things that will awe and inspire us. He is the courier between our spirit and our divine power. He shows us how to speak with our higher self and learn how to use our wits and skills in accordance with divine will.
Wheel of Change Tarot
Created by Alexandra Gennetti
Published by Destiny Books, 1997
We see an androgynous youth straddling a chasm. His arms are raised above his head. From one hand we see a small fire and in the other she holds a chalice that is tilted downward and spilling its contents. Above the Fool’s head we see four white birds fluttering. They each hold one letter – T A R O. The Fool is dressed in a bright green tunic and leggings with one gold leg and one green. His right foot is bare. He wears a gold belt with a closed red pouch dangling from it. The bottom of his tune is adorned with bells and he wears a spotted scarf knotted about his neck and another at his wrist. A stream of cosmic energy seems swirl up from the chasm and encircle the Fool. Red roses seem to be falling from his arms. On his right side we see a guitar resting, on his left we see a fox near the edge of the chasm. Behind the Fool we see the radiant light of the Sun rising to illuminate the sky.
The Book describes the Fool as symbolizing the experience of feeling you are in exactly the right place at the right time. It may be the beginning of a new journey of life but, like the Fool, you may not recognize what it is. You have all you need to make a success of yourself at your fingertips if you would but look for it. Perhaps you must free yourself from convention as the Fool has done, and like him, accept what comes to you. In this way you may try something completely new and discover that you are rather good at it. Because he has no cares, worries or fears the Fool is symbolic of impulsiveness and even irresponsibility and recklessness. He symbolizes freedom from convention and anew creative vitality in this less restrictive world.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: What I see is a feeling of joy, exuberance and innocence, maybe even ignorance, of what is going on around you. This Fool seems so caught up in the wondrous things swirling around him that he is oblivious to the fact that he is straddling a chasm. There is no fear of the consequences because it doesn’t even occur to him that there are consequences. I see the Fool as representing an attitude and experience that many of us lose as we become more adult. We get so caught up in following the rules and playing nice that we forget to just let go and enjoy ourselves – so what if it’s not politically correct. To me Homer Simpson, the cartoon character, is one representation of the Fool. He just blindly charges ahead with no concern for the outcome and without any worries of failure. It is doesn’t work out – well fine. I am both fascinated and repelled by Homer. I find myself focusing too much on who gets to clean up after this Fool. But of course that isn’t the Fool’s problem is it? And that, to me, is what I need to learn from the Fool. Sometimes you need to stop worrying about how the story ends and just enjoy the ride. To quote Tom Cruise (at least I think it was Tom Cruise) in the movie Risky Business – “sometimes in life you’ve gotta say what the f***”.
The Soul (Fool) shows a young traveler sleeping on his side near a standing stone. A pale blue cosmic light pours from the young traveler through a hole in the center of the stone. On the other side we see the spirit of the young traveler going forth on a dream visit to see the immensities of the Celtic cosmos contained withing the cauldron which is etched above his head. A triple spiral hovering above the traveler’s head is a symbol of his physical vitality, his vocational commitment and his intelligence: in Celtic bardic lore, these are the three essential receptors for all inspirational wisdom.
The Book says: The Soul was understood to continue after death, passing into different shapes or life forms upon its tiurigini or “circuit of births”. The Soul could enter into animal, plant, and elemental shapes, not just human ones.
Keywords: A new phase or fresh start, having vision or faith in oneself, opportunity, enthusiasm, playfulness, trust, a sense of protection.
Reversed: Halting or hesitation, unable to heed instincts, a bad decision, sloth irresponsibility, immaturity, carelessness.
Soul-Wisdom: Having respect for our Soul’s purpose may look like foolishness to other. The power and vision of our Soul can only empower us when we acknowledge and manifest them. What is calling you to seek wisdom now?
My turn: This card speaks of a mystical, new journey – perhaps to find our soul mission in life. It’s about being willing to take that chance and tread an unfamiliar path. The traveler is sleeping in the middle of the forest and it that doesn’t show a certain amount of faith, and foolishness, then I don’t know what does. This card speaks of that part of us which transcends physical boundaries and yet which is still part of them. The traveler cannot learn his soul journey in his physical form – he must let his spirit go forth in search of the answer. To me The Soul is reminding us that we may need to be willing to leave behind the trappings of our mundane life and move forth unburdened to explore new areas and new experiences.
Many moons ago, I belonged to the Comparative Tarot Yahoo group. As part of the group I would focus on the card of the month and write an essay using one of the decks which I moderated (at one point I was up to 8). I thought I would share some of these essays with anyone who might be interested so each Sunday I will post another essay.
This month I’m starting with The Fool. I hope you enjoy the essays.
The Fool shows a man dressed in an old fashioned style of clothes (it reminds me of the illustrations I’ve seen for the Pied Piper) with his feet resting on a small red fox. The man’s right hand is on his cap and his left hand holds a small dagger or instrument. He seems to be riding the fox (or attempting to do so). Right above his head we see a fox’s face looking out at us and right next to it is another image of the man’s face, looking towards the fox. At the top of the card we see a red fox walking towards the right side of the card. His face is turned back as though he has heard something and is investigating the sound.
The Author says: Unaware of the danger behind him all eyes are upon the Fool. Choice of paths.
Bee’s Buzz: This card seem to focus more on the less savory aspects of the Fool. The Fool is not so much innocent and naive as genuinely foolish. The man reminding me of the Pied Piper fits with this theme. After all wasn’t the Pied Piper somewhat foolish – he truly thought the townsfolk would pay their debt. And weren’t the people of the town the ultimate fools (in its most negative connotation) thinking they could get away with not paying him. And the fox looks young, perhaps a pup. This might connect the card with innocence and youth, starting down a new path. The young fox might be nervous and hesitant but it will continue down the road. Even the man seems to be charging ahead, reckless and not sure where he is headed. If he is riding the fox then he also has no control over his destination. He is trusting the fox to take him where he needs to go (perhaps fleeing the angry townsfolk). I can see it all now – he took his revenge in a fit of anger and with no thought to the consequences. Now he must run away and find a new beginning for himself. He knows that he needs to start over in order to avoid repercussions. This Fool is not as naive and innocent as some versions of the card. The one thing that throws me about this cards is the inclusion of the fox. I’m guessing that he is a replacement for the more traditional dog or cat. But to me the fox symbolizes cunning, quick wittedness and trickiness making him more appropriate to the Magician/Trickster than to the Fool, at least in my opinion.