Today’s card is The Magician from the Universal Fantasy Tarot.
I always think of Schmendrick the Magician from the book The Last Unicorn when I think of the Magician in the Tarot. I like watching the progression of Schmendrick from his role as Mommy Fortuna’s hired entertainer to a True Magician. In the incarnation of the Magician in the Tarot we see a master of the magical arts.
The Magician is the first teacher that the Fool meets on his journey. And what an awesome first teacher the magician would be.
The Magician represents a connection to the natural elements of the world. The Magician is able to work with them and ask their help. He doesn’t control the elements, but instead works with them as allies.
In this depiction you can see him making fire magic above an altar that has the four suits of the Tarot carved in it. His expression is almost reverent, making me think again of Schmendrick’s “magic do as you will” style of spell casting. Although this Magician is much less haphazard. His incantation might be more along the lines of “magic, lend me your strength”. The art work of the card evokes the elements of earth (the vines growing by the altar), air (the lines of air he draws from the fire), and fire (… the fire, she said obviously). I find it missing the element of water though. It’s shown through the cup on the altar, and you could sort of imagine that the blue along the bottom of the card is meant to be water, but it’s not quite as obvious as the others. This could be implying that this Magician isn’t as in touch with that element as some others or that the other elements are more important in this reading.