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As I slowly work my way through adding the descriptions of the Major Arcana to this website, I spend a good deal analyzing the cards and my own experience with them. I just finished adding The Magician and I want to share here some of my additional insights. If there is a card that would summarize the idea presented in the famous book “The Secret”, it’s The Magician. I’m sure you all read about the Law of Attraction and the Power of Positive thinking. So what is the connection with The Magician? Magician is a very positive card predicting energy, new opportunities, action, and success. But when we look at the position of the card in the deck, it’s the number 1,  the first card after “The Fool”, the inexperienced youth setting off on his life journey. The Fool does not have much in his possession, except for a sack small enough that he can carry it on his back. After setting off on his journey, The Fool becomes The Magician. It’s not enough to just travel, we need a direction. And thus, The Fool, begins his master plan. He begins to paint his vision and by doing so, he paves his future life. One quote in the book “The Secret” particularly stuck with me: “Thoughts create things”. From a materialistic point of view, The Fool is poor and yet the Magician is such a powerful card! It’s because we do not need much to create — only our vision and our desires. These images in our mind, our inteligence, our talents are the tools, with which we conjure our universe.
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I got frustrated with the Tarot recently. There is a problem I have been trying to solve for a while and somehow I just can’t seem to find the right approach, the golden key to get this obstacle out of my way. I got uplifting readings and then the “doom and gloom” readings. “Did Tarot fail me??” I wondered. I finally concluded I must have been asking wrong questions. Resigned, I shuffled cards and asked:

What answers can you give… What are you for?!

min_c_knHmm… Knight of Cups… You are handing me a chalice and in it: a spiritual message, enlightenment. It is not the prediction of future I should expect, but wisdom, a sip of refreshing wine that will awaken my spirit and connect me to something greater, divine. That higher knowledge or understanding is meant to help us act and make the decisions that shape our lives.

 

Then why are your messages confusing and inconsistent? (I drew another card)

min_c_099 of Cups.. That took me by surprise. One glass of wine is refreshing, 9 will make you drunk! And that unfortunately is a problem of many Tarot readers. One card is not enough. There are questions that lead to more questions, and before we know it, we start the process all over again. With each additional sip, our vision gets blurry, our thinking incoherent. Tarot messages are jumping from one extreme to another until they leave us confused and anxious.

 

 

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