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.
Created by by Arnell Ando
Published by US Games ISBN:1572815396
This Magus is true magic man. He reminds me of a DJ spinning a spell with each record he plays. He weaves a tapestry of truth and fiction, of reality and fantasy with a deft hand sweeping his listeners along for the ride. He uses the songs available introduce us to all the amazing possibilities of human experience.
This Magus doesn’t play the music for anyone else; she does it for herself. Her primary goal is creating the musical magic that is an expression of her heart and soul. She is also a trickster who breaks down walls that divide us through the songs she plays. She channels her powers through the music and out into the world helping to create the reality she desires.
How can I embody this Magus’ energy? Surrounding myself with sights and sounds that express who I am and who I want to be, Music is one powerful tool to do this. So is drawing, writing and dancing. I can use them to channel my energies in ways that will help me manifest my desired reality. What magic is more powerful than that?
Once again I drew The Decider (Magician) and this time he is accompanied by the Queen of Battle. This is especially significant to me because in the Celtic Wisdom Tarot The Decider is The Dagda and the Queen of Battle is The Morrigan – my personal patron and matron deities. I’ve often felt drawn to the energies of both of them. They are symbols of strength, change, transformation, knowledge and power.
I appreciate many of the legends of The Dagda that highlight his humorous aspects. He is often a figure of fun who manages to trick his enemies into underestimating him and emerges triumphant as a result. The Morrigan can be intimidating and imposing but she also forces me to try harder, overcome obstacles and not fall victim to pity parties. I respect and honor these traits in both of them.
On Samhain, Irish legend has The Dagda mating with The Morrigan – symbolizing the union of the father god with the lady of sovereignty. I have often joked that this mating is reflective of my own marriage. I can certainly come off as the bitchy, vicious warrior queen and my hubby is known for having an appreciation for the absurd and no problem making a fool of himself on occasion.
They remind me that what I need to focus on is what I want to do. Yesterday I read a SARK blog post about miracles. It reminded me that in order to truly live magical and fulfilling lives we need to believe in our own magic. If we use our energies to feed the self-doubts and negativity in our lives then that’s what we will keep attracting. If we decide to focus on the amazing and wonderful aspects of the world then we can make those miracles happen.
Celtic Wisdom Tarot
Text by Caitlin Matthews, art by Olivia Raynor
Destiny Books, 1999
The Decider (Magician) shows a young man standing in the middle of a wooded glade. He holds a pinecone to his chest with his right hand. His left hand is outstretched before him as though reaching for something. He wears a saffron colored long-sleeve tunic with braided trim at the neck and sleeves. His hair is dark blond and cut short. He is framed by boughs of pine branches and pinecones. A radiant light seems to emanate from him. Above his head we see a man’s head framed by two stags drawn in a stylized Celtic fashion.
The Book says: This is the Dagda, The Great God of the Druids. The Decider governs willpower and intention, and the druid is his exponent. The Decider of Will sets the Soul on its journey. His unfailing song supports the Soul, reminding it of its true intentions it steps upon the path of its destiny. What is manifesting itself in your life now?
Keywords: Willpower, empowerment, initiative, accessing the imagination creatively, plans ambitiously manifested, concentrated effort, discrimination, competence.
Reversed: Weak-willed, indecisive, insecure, manipulating others for one’s own ends, plans unrealized, ineptitude.
Soul Wisdom – The Decider of Will sets the Soul on its journey. His unfailing song supports the Soul, reminding it of its true intention as it steps upon the path of its destiny. What is manifesting itself in your life now?
TarotBroad’s Buzz: This image reflects many of the things I consider integral to the Magician. The young man appears very comfortable in his surroundings and seems confident with his abilities. He holds out his hand as though expecting something to follow his will and come to him. The radiance surrounding him suggests that he radiates a sense of his own self-worth and value. He is the Dagda, the Great God and possessor of great knowledge. In addition he projects a sense of inner strength and will, indicating that he not only possesses this great knowledge, but he knows how to use it. He is youthful in appearance but that merely indicates that he still has the energy and enthusiasm of youth. His knowledge and his will are ageless. This card speaks to me of getting in touch with the world inside yourself and the world around you and learning how to use these energies to improve your life. It is also a reminder that even if you possess all the knowledge in the world, if you don’t have the strength of will and the ability to use it then it is useless.
Mansions of the Moon
The Magickian shows a man with a long beard, wearing a hooded cloak sitting on a throne. He is shadowed in shades of red, giving the appearance of being viewed through a bloody lens. He is intently focused on the crystal ball sitting before him. A skull decorates the top of the throne and another one sits on his right side. Two torches sit in sconces on either side of the throne but they add no light to the scene. At the forefront of the card sit a silver chalice, a dagger, a crystal tipped wand and a pentacle – symbolizing the 4 elements.
The Author says: Mainly traditional symbols. Spelling – Crowley’s spelling to separate stage magicians from ceremonial Magicians.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: This card is a dark, atmospheric one. This Magickian is certainly focused and has all the tools needed to accomplish his work. But this man treads both sides of the path equally. He is as comfortable working “dark” magick as he is working “light”. He understands that it is intention and action which makes something “dark”. And he is also willing to take that step if the needs arises. This man does not subscribe to the Wiccan Rede but is more comfortable with Crowley’s “Do what that wilt be the whole of the law”. He also accepts and acknowledges the consequences and complications that come with this belief. This man is no lightweight. In fact he reminds me of a medieval alchemist seeking power and knowledge through the arcane magick he works. His will is strong and he does not accept failure easily. His intellect and strength of will has taken him through rough patches. And if we approach him correctly he will help guide us through them too. This card is powerful and a bit unnerving in its intensity. This card is as far from a stage magician as George Bush is from a scholar 😉 (sorry I couldn’t resist).