When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.
Jalal ad-Din Rumi
We have a rare and auspicious visitor for this week of the “eclipse window.” Wednesday’s waning quarter Moon, also, is a time of transition and change, and it can sometimes bring a challenge that prompts us to take action. With his usual impeccable timing, then, let us welcome The Magician.
The Magician is the true beginning of the Major Arcana sequence. He is initiator of consciousness, awareness, and action. He is the spark and realization of “I am.”
He turns the nebulous, unformed potential of The Fool into directed intention and action. He transforms The Fool’s staff to a Wand of power. Raising it above his head, The Magician channels spirit energy from heaven to earth, making manifest his desire.
Surrounded by white lilies and red roses, a recurring theme in the Tarot, he acts with both purity and passion. Above his crown chakra is the lemniscate, symbol of his connection to Eternity,
Upon his table lie all the magical tools of the Elements, which are also the suits of the Minor Arcana: the Sword of Air, the Wand of Fire, the Cup of the Waters, and the Pentacle that is Earth.
He stands, like a lightning rod, open to the holy flash of Spirit. He runs the energy of the Divine into the living Earth – As above, so below.
The Magician is a receptor of power, a shaman who understands exactly how to receive the raw power of the Universe, and direct it to make, create, change, and shape the “real” world.
His is the power to tap into the Source of creation, and use it for his creative purposes. Such power is unstoppable, with just one catch: he must be willing to both take action and accept the consequences. In other words, he must put himself completely on the line.
This confidence can only come from his knowing who he is and the nature of his passion. He knows exactly what he intends to do, and why. Because he is crystal clear about his powers, his willingness, and his connection to the Divine, he acts without hesitation or doubt. In this way, he is able to achieve miracles.
About the Major Arcana
As you probably know, the Tarot is divided into the Major and Minor Arcana cards. Arcana is simply the plural of “arcanum,” a word that means “secret” or “mystery.”
So, the Tarot has cards that can be thought of as lesser secrets, and greater secrets.
When Minor Arcana cards turn up, they tend to be addressing a particular issue, like Pentacles for matters to do with our material well-being, or Cups, having to do with matters of the heart, emotions, etc.
But Majors, on the other hand, impact all areas of our lives. So The Magician is important this week in areas to do with intellect, energy, feelings, and our physical reality.
Majors often have less to do with particular events or situations, and more to do with personal evolution: where are we on the path towards awareness and realization? What facet of awakening is going to be important at this time?
When a Major shows up, like last week’s Hermit, and this week’s Magician, big shifts are happening, and need our attention.
The Magician is the initiator of consciousness and awareness in the Tarot.
I deliberately use “initiator” as a double entendre: The Magician initiates the Majors, meaning he begins; for as noted, his is card I (Roman numeral One) of the Major Arcana.
He is also an initiator, meaning a figure who admits or accepts someone by means of formal rites into an organization or group, via secret knowledge or challenges.
How perfect! You gotta love his timing. Not only are we in a threshold moment between last week’s Lunar eclipse and next week’s Solar eclipse, we are also in the window between the mundane, solar calendar Imbolc (Feb. 2) and lunar Imbolc (on the New Moon/Solar eclipse next week).
As I wrote last week, Imbolc is traditionally the time when practitioners of the Old Ways dedicate to new studies, renew our spiritual devotions, or undergo initiation to a new level of practice.
I can’t imagine a more apt ally to appear via the Tarot this week, as we begin a new path or make firm our vows.
Light and Shadow – Magic and Transformation
The Magician can be a shape-shifter and a chameleon, mirroring the social customs, habits, and even speech patterns of the people with whom he comes in contact. He is a compelling communicator and can be charming.
The positive side of this talent is when he is motivated by a sincere wish to better relate and be understood.
But the shadow aspect is that this kind of instant intimacy can be misunderstood, and, if used selfishly, it can become manipulative.
In addition, while he may mean well in the moment, it is all too easy for him to quickly move on to the next thing and the next, leaving things scattered and unfinished.
While The Magician can think quickly on his feet and has an enormous capacity for mental focus, it’s sometimes hard for him to not get sidetracked by the new ideas constantly occurring to him. Or else he may get frustrated with the details.
This week, how may yours be the gift of birthing into life that which is only potential?
Your world is crackling with power that you, and you alone, know how to tap. You are invited to be a clear conduit between Heaven and Earth.
Despite the negativity around the phrase, this is a time to make yourself at home with so-called “magical thinking,” because what you focus on can truly come to be. Coincidence and synchronicity are par for the course this week.
In what ways do long to sparkle with playfulness, creativity, and innovation? Now is the time.
This week, how is the wild power of the Multiverse in your hands? How can you make your own life a magical act of creativity? Do you dare to call upon the Gods and then unleash your truest powers?
Look within yourself and ask: could it be that your heart’s truest desire is rooted in the longing on your behalf of Spirit Herself?
Create your sacred space. Call upon your Divine Ones for blessing. Be ready to receive and to give more than you ever have. As long as you are absolutely authentic, you can manifest the shining miracles of which you have dreamed.
In divine love, acting straight from your soul, yours is the river, and the joy.