Sep
27
2011

Journey into the Tarot: The Magician

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Tarot

Last week we began our Journey into the Tarot, weekly guided meditations to encounter the figures, symbols, energy and wisdom of the each Major Arcana card.  Our first guide last Wednesday night was The Magician. Tarot deck creators have wonderfully diverse conceptions of the Magician, but nearly universally this figure is accompanied by some version of four tools which correspond to the 4 Minor suits of the Tarot:  wand, cup, swords, and pentacles.  Each tool offers up its gifts symbolically:

  • Wands are usually related to the element of fire and offer gifts of fire and will ignited.
  • Cups are related to the element of water and can remind us of the flow of emotions that invite an open heart.
  • Swards usually relate to the element of air that stimulates clear, logical, and just thought and aids us in communication.
  • Pentacles relate to the element of earth and support our dreams and hopes to take physical form through our own persistent work.

As one part of the meditation I guided participants to be invited by the Magician to first take the tool that most called their attention.  This is the tool that might even leap up to meet their hand from the surface upon which it rests on.  We spent some time with examining this object and then the Magician continued inviting them to pick up tools until they had their own 4 tools to aid in their work of making magic, assisting in transformation, being a conduit between the divine and the human.

The first tool selected represented a major strength, a primary way of acting and being in the world.   This tool is like your dominant hand; the one that automatically leads.  The second tool chosen can be likened to the non-dominant hand.  It, too, is skilled and works closely with the dominant hand.  Switching to the non-dominant allows one to function well, but might lead to some interesting quirks or changes in how action is taken.   The third tool chosen represents a strength you haven’t realized yet; it is waiting to be discovered and put to use.  And the fourth tool can represent a way of being and acting that is unfamiliar, challenging or even disliked, but work to become comfortable with this tool is what will bring you into full balance.  Coming to know and apply this tool is the only way to truly become a Magician.  (The significance of the order of the tools was an intuitive choice as I prepared the meditation, but I know it must be influenced by my past reading of The Tarot School’s Elemental Array.  Their meanings of the card order are slightly different.)

You may want to enter your own meditative dialogue with the Magician and see what tools come to you in which order.  You can also do this visually by working with the Aces from a Tarot deck and choosing the order based on your attraction to the images on the cards.  What do you find?

When we checked in at the end of the meditation, one of the participants said that she was surprised to get a second gift, and then a third, and even a fourth!  This left me reflecting on how, yes, the Magician is generous with his tools and is really extending to us a life-long invitation to expand and stretch ourselves in into the new abilities and skills.  The Magician’s life is never stale and he invites us into the same creative flow.

Our next journey will be with the High Priestess on Wednesday, September 28th at 8:30am ET.  Send me an e-mail if you would like to join us on the phone for this.

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September 27, 2011, 10:40 pm Della

It was a wonderful meditation and sparked several insights for me, Carolyn. Thanks!
From your blog today, I love the dominant, non-dominant hands simile 🙂 (Give yourself a hand!)
Looking forward to High Priestess~
Della

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September 28, 2011, 1:12 am Carolyn

Thanks, Della! it is so good to have your energy and insight on the call … and afterwards! Yes, the dominant-non-dominant simile came to when writing. Hmm, which hand shall I give myself :).

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September 28, 2011, 11:48 pm Martha Hillhouse

i was super distracted during the call so drifted off into my own little universe — i got exactly what i needed — 4 much needed tools to reassure me and strengthen my confidence for a big challenge on sunday — i KNOW they added to my power since i didn’t even need to call them up in my mind that day — i was exuding a magician like swagger and flew under/over/around/beyond the radar

merci!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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September 28, 2011, 11:52 pm Martha Hillhouse

oh yeah — one new image for that card that i’m feeling now is the one hand down/one hand up thing often with magician — it reminds me of kayak paddling — so i blend the drumming guy with the paddler CANOE card guy in the gaian tarot into one supersonic dude — learning new hand movements. funny — my bass player just started learning drums as a way to work on his non dominant hand and we did a whole lot of kayaking last week 🙂

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September 29, 2011, 12:07 am Carolyn

Ah, I love this connection. Yes, the movement of the Magician is like paddling and connects to the Canoe. Hmm, if you think of the Major Arcana as 3 lines of 7 cards. We start and end this row of our journey with this movement. Very cool!

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September 29, 2011, 12:39 pm Martha Hillhouse

yes! my forth tool is a bailing bucket — and this is my canoe year….. all that water to keep out of boat so it will float — which moves nicely into last night’s meditation and the pools…….

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September 29, 2011, 1:41 pm Carolyn

I love it; a bailing bucket! Perhaps all of us here in the NE need a bailing bucket with all this rain … what lessons does it hold for us?

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September 29, 2011, 12:40 pm Martha Hillhouse

i meant to say ‘my bass player husband’ —

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