The Magician: King of the Game

On this card, we can see a young man clad in a red and white tunic -white stands for the purity of his magic, and red for his strong power. Above his head, a symbol floats in the air – a symbol that looks familiar, even to those of us who were helpless at Maths ūüôā : the mathematical sign of infinity or “lemniscate”. The Magician in the Tarot of Marseille wore a lemniscate-shaped hat, but by using the ¬†symbol itself ¬†instead, Waite alludes to his view of the Magician as the divine side of the human being.

In spite of this divine connection, you can tell that the Magician has his feet firmly on the ground. His right hand (the hand of common sense and practicality) points to Earth, his left hand (the hand of intuition and creativity), which holds a wand, points to Heaven. He’s the embodiment of the Hermetic saying “as above, so below” , used often in magic, which points out that everything that happens at a physical level happens at a spiritual level, and vice versa. ¬†This idea is also reflected by the wand in his hand, which reminds us of the Hebrew letter Aleph (a letter attributed by many to the Magician, though others attribute it to the Fool because they make it the first card of the Arcana). Aleph, shaped like a capital I, was said to point to heaven and Earth at the same time.

The Magician’s belt is Ouroboros, ¬†the snake that bites its own head; another popular symbol of infinity (many of you know its depiction as the Auryn, from the Neverending Story book and film). This symbol reminds us of the fact that everything is connected; stories develop into stories, ¬†nothing is destroyed, only transformed into something else. ¬†The Magician wears this as a reminder of his responsibility for everything he does; long before Spiderman did, he knew that great power means great responsibility, and even the smallest act has consequences unknown.

Before the Magician we can see the altar table set up with the representations of the four elements (which also represent the four Minor Arcana suits): the sword, symbol of Air, justice and power; the wand, symbol of Fire, action and passion; the cup, meaning Water, love and feelings;  the pentacle, Earth and the riches of this world. Today, Wiccan altars present these very same symbols which , together with Spirit, add up to the whole of life.

All this symbology boils down to the fact that the Magician represents the highest side of the human being; a side capable to deal with spirituality without disconnecting from the realities of this world, represented by the abundance of plants and flowers in the card. The Magician means ¬†being able to juggle with the whole of life, being king of the game- and sometimes cheating. Stay tuned for next post, with this card’s meanings and combinations, and you’ll see what I mean;)

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