The Magician, able to transform and change his surroundings, (or at least appear to do so). The Number One. This card is referred to the letter Beth, and is attributed to the planet Mercury. Mercury is the ruler of both Gemini and Virgo.
The Magician is an alchemist, seeking strength, knowledge and control. The Magician holds a wand in one hand, and has a pentacle, a cup, and a sword as his tools. The Magician is learning the mystical art of alchemy and how to use the elements represented by the suits of The Tarot to change and transform his world. As The Fool becomes The Magician on his journey, he learns to use the tools of the universe to work within his environment.
On the altar before The Magician you see a sword, a pentacle, a cup and a wand. With the wand, The Magician creates, it is a phallic symbol representing masculine fertility, with the cup her preserves himself spiritually and emotionally, with the sword he destroys his enemies, and with the pentacle he redeems himself. The Magician is actively invoking the powers of the elements, he possesses wisdom and is a Master of his surroundings.
He is surrounded by red flowers of passion and power, white flowers of purity, and pink flowers of love. The infinity symbol appears above his head, symbolizing his immense knowledge, the snake wrapped around his waist as a belt symbolizes wisdom and sexual temptation. The red headband on his crown indicates a passion for knowledge along with his red cloak, indicating power, and his white robe, indicating purity.
When The Magician appears in a spread, someone is controlling a situation, commanding its outcome, or manipulating events to their own benefit. Consider The Magician. What does he evoke within you? Can you feel The Magician within yourself?
The Magician may make things appear as he wishes them to be perceived. Perception is truth. What you perceive as truth may not be the same as what I may perceive, even upon having been exposed to the same set of circumstances. Be sure that you are being presented with all of the facts when dealing with The Magician, he is skilled in the art of deception.
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