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Intro to the Cards: #1 The Magician

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

Hello, hello, to all my mystical chickadees out there!

You'll all have to excuse my use of the birdy words, but what can I say? I mean, my name's Wren, and I love birds. It's why I picked that for my name. So....? Hopefully, it doesn't annoy you guys too much!

Anyway, I hope your week so far has been super fantastical, and that the rest of it is just as amazing! Let's all do our best to stay safe and happy this week. Virtual hugs for everyone!

Also, I want to welcome everyone back to our Wednesday Tarot Class! As you can see, today's class is all about Major Arcana: #1 The Magician. We'll continue our journey through the cards by talking about The Magician's traditional upright and reversed meanings. I'll be showing you how the same card from several decks can be interpreted in different ways by giving you examples of how I read them intuitively. As always, there is no right or wrong way to see or read the cards. They speak to everyone differently and that's ok. Just remember these are my interpretations based on what I see in them.

Let's get started!

Now, we'll take a look at the Rider-Waite's version of The Magician for its traditional meanings. Though I won't spend too much time on it. As I've said before, I just don't care for the Rider-Waite because I don't connect to it at all.

  • Side Note: Please, please, please, DO NOT get the Rider-Waite Deck (or ANY deck!) because someone says you have to start out with it. That just isn't true at all. To be completely honest with all of you, it's something that makes me pretty unhappy when I see it. It's what happened to me. I got the RWS Deck because that was what everyone said I should get first. Even though I felt so pulled toward tarot, I couldn't get into it or understand it for the longest time because I couldn't connect to the deck. So far, it's been the only one I've ever had to get rid of.

  • The ONLY deck you need when starting out is the one you connect with and feel called to. And if that does happen to be the Rider-Waite, then go for it baby. You aren't going to get good accurate readings unless you're able to bond with your deck. Do your research and look at various decks. Pull up every Google image you can on them, and be positive before you buy, because it HAS to resonate with you. Sorry guys, mini rant over!

Now on to the main event, lol!


UPRIGHT: resourcefulness, manifestation, skill, willpower, desire, concentration, inspired action

REVERSED: poor planning, deception, manipulation, wasted/untapped talent

The basic concept for The Magician is that he/she connects the two worlds, the spiritual and the physical, together. He's the bridge between the two and has the ability to tap into unlimited potential. It really comes down to manifestation—the power to concentrate will and desires into a positive force of transformation.

Let me show you Serenity, The Good Tarot Deck's Magician:

Just look at that powerful gaze! I swear those laser-beam eyes of his cut right through me most of the time. (Great job Jena!)

  • He's all pure power, energy, and manifestation, with the innate ability to transform and create something out of seemingly nothing. Anything is possible, and the opportunities are endless. Open your eyes to see them, and don't be afraid or hesitate when reaching for your goals and dreams. He shows us that he has the intuition and experiences to know what must be done next, so trust in yours. Be sure to follow his lead as he does not waste precious time but moves with purpose, keeping his eye always on the prize.

And now for King, The Eight Coins Tattoo Tarot Deck's Magician:

  • This one also holds great power, and the flames burn bright with passions that should be followed. The strength in the hand shows that The Magician works hard to bring forth their ideas and make them a reality. This Magician doesn't create something out of nothing, however. They use their resources carefully to transform what is already there. They use their tools and work hard to create their own destiny in a world full of infinite possibilities, and so do you.

Willow, The Wildwood Tarot Deck's Magician:

Since Willow is a pagan nature-based deck, a lot of her cards, like last week, are called something else then we're used to. For this one, Instead of #1 The Magician, we have #1 The Shaman. So let's take a look...

  • The Shaman holds vast ancient wisdom and should be heeded accordingly. It's taken a lot of strength of body and power of the mind to reach his age and station. Like him, you need to have the patience, dedication, and commitment to watch everything and learn as much as possible. He does everything with deep thought and purposeful intent to manifest his magic. Move forward with the intention to make real positive changes in your life that benefits everyone and maintains the balance with our natural world.

What did you see in the cards? Was it different from what I saw? Let me know in the comments below!

If you're someone who's just starting out in tarot, I highly encourage you to start from the beginning with Tarot Class: Intro to the Cards. I go over some general information on the cards and break them down for you a bit. Then, of course, we also have the first Major Arcana Card that we went over, Tarot Class: #0 The Fool.

Next Wednesday, we'll be going over the next Major Arcana Card, #2 The High Priestess! So be sure to come back to class and learn all about it. I certainly look forward to it!

I'm currently working on a Spread for Litha, The Summer Solstice. I hope to post on Friday so that everyone has it in time for the festivities on Saturday!

And as always, every Monday, your tarot outlook for the week will be posted. Here is this weeks.

Thank you for dropping by and reading this! Please stick around and explore if you'd like. And be sure to give me a follow on Instagram and Pinterest!

Let me know how you're doing and what you're thinking in the comments down below. As always before you comment, please remember to be kind and respect one another. Be sure to check out the Forum and make sure you read Wren's Rules of Engagement!

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