I MAGICIAN - The Master of Manifestation and All Elements
„When we look at the Magician those of us who feel a lack or a flatness in our lives will be drawn to the wand raised towards heaven. But the real magic rests in that finger pointing to the earth," writes expert on divinatory tarot, Rachel Pollack in the tarot bible Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot.
The Magician (also called The Magus, The Juggler, The Trickster, The Cobbler) is the ultimate master of manifestation. He understands universe, is connected to everything, but he never forgets the earth and where he came from. Magician is the first card (I) in the tarot deck. He’s connected to the Mercury planet and Virgo zodiac sign.
Rachel Pollack in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Book of Tarot conveys:
Pollack provides a few different meanings of The Magician. However, she urges to have deeper perspective, and says that we must not forget that the true magic lies in the images themselves and not the explanations.
According Arthur Edward Waite in The Pictorial Key to the Tarot The Magician is powered by all the elements and that makes him infinite, divine, almost holy-like.
Creator of Shadowscapes deck Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, in the book Shadowscapes Tarot gives authenticity related qualities. She describes him as original, creative, skillful, strong, willful and self-confidant. He has support of all the elements. Fire in his lantern, the voice of the Sea in the shell, a breath of Wind in the raven's feather, and Earth from the leaves. “He is taught and masters conjurings, summonings, bindings,” she writes.
Kathleen McCormack in Tarot Decoder explains that the card also represents self-awareness. Associated with Mercury, the planet of communication, The Magician also has skill with the written or spoken word, as well as a love for new ideas, and a willingness to take risks. It also implies a possible guidance by occult forces. Reversed card, author notifies, can mean trickery and misuse of psychic or occult powers.
John Field in his book Ultimately Tarot also has the same explanation:
Field thinks that Magician can represent the need to take a unique approach to a problem to find solution, or maybe organise things in a unique but powerful way. Author says, “Magician is a teacher and a guide and urges us to control our path through life by gaining knowledge, and by using our creativity and willpower.” He also provides great explanation on Magician’s wand.
“If we’re already clear about our path, then this card demands “no more procrastination.” Magical things will happen, but we must take the first steps!” Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine in the book Big Book of Angel Tarot
Big Book of Angel Tarot authors believe that, “Magician teaches us that anything we can think up, we can create! This is the basic Law of Attraction. By visualizing our dreams and then taking action, we can have the life we want to live. This is perfect for The Magician, who can get anything done!”