In our previous post we looked at the first Major Arcana Tarot card, numbered 0, The Fool. The Fool represented the first step in the beginning of a new journey or cycle in life. This is then followed by The Magician, numbered as card 1, is the second card in the Major Arcana.
The Magician generally depicts a person holding a magic wand with esoteric tools laid out in front on a table or altar. In the Waite-Smith deck, four tools are displayed which are also the symbols for the four suits of the Minor Arcana, these are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. This symbolises the power you now have to manifest plans into the world. It could be new opportunities in life such as changing or finding a new job, new emotional opportunities, new intellectual pursuits or simply putting those plans into action. The magicians hands traditionally (in Waite-Smith symbolism) have one pointing up holding a wand and one down pointing to the ground empty. This represents active and passive energies or the transmission of information and the transmitted.
Each tarot card contains within it a vast system of symbolism, meaning and correspondences. The Magician relates to the Philosophical Mercury (different to the traditional mercury), its colour is yellow, Qabalistically its number is 2, Beth, representing a house giving a hidden clue as to making a structure or tangible impact on your surroundings. On the Qabalistic tree of life, the path of Beth travels from Kether (Crown) to Binah (understanding), or the inspiration coming down from divinity and being transformed into Knowledge or understanding. The infinity symbol above The Magicians head is positioned at Kether, or the Crown Chakra, symbolising the universal energies coming down from divinity into the Magician and allowing that energy to transform from the immaterial to the material.
The journey of the Major Arcana started with The Fool, a card that indicates taking a leap of faith, trusting the universe will support you at this point in time, or with your current endeavours and shows a new beginning or cycle in life. Following this new start and burst of inspiration flow into The Magician, a card that allows that inspiration to manifest and enter our lives. It is about putting that initial energy or motivation into action, and succeeding in that particular endeavour, or time in our life. Having the energy to complete a task and also follow through with it is one of the themes of the Magician. Using your own inner and external power to manifest and bring about positive change in your life. Being a Major Arcana card, representing those big spiritual sign posts in life, means this event is one that can encourage learning a lot so that it becomes an unforgettable stage in your life, whilst demonstrating a change in a situation that then leads down a more spiritual or meaningful path.
The Magician is an excellent card within a Tarot spread, it is an exciting time and step in the journey of life with new ventures beginning and starting to take shape. It allows spiritual, emotional and mental growth as well as the manifestation of a new stage in life. Currently we have looked at The Fool (0) and The Magician (1). The card that follows on from The Magician is The High Priestess which will be discussed in our next blog on the Tarot.
Tarot is used within each Esoteric Acupuncture session at Mornington Chinese Medicine with Simon Altman. He has had the wonderful opportunity to train personally with Mikio Sankey the developer of Esoteric Acupuncture and completed all three levels of Esoteric Acupuncture training. Simon uses tarot as an adjunct to give direction, purpose and meaning to the session as well as Reiki and Astrology. Tarot within the session can be concise, or if there is a specific interest, a longer interpretation can be arranged.
Esoteric Acupuncture is a style of heart centred acupuncture that works on the deeper levels of the body to promote balance and direction in life. It can be used as maintenance or a tune up and incorporates a more spiritual esoteric acupuncture pattern on the back of the body, then a different esoteric acupuncture pattern on the front of the body, which can then be combined with a standard Chinese Medicine to help with core issues.
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