Weekly Tarot – The Magician
The Magician is the first of the Major Arcana. Number one, he contains the whole of Tarot in himself. For him, everything is possible.
His table has three legs. We can see three dice on the table, each of which shows three sides: 1, 2, and 4. Each, therefore, gives us a value of 7, and if we add all three dice together we get 21, which is the numerical value of the highest of the Major Arcana (The World). Yet, while he contains the whole of Tarot, he has a long road ahead of him. He is just the starting point, the first step into the fullness of the Union. He is yet a slave to his inner dialogue, the duality symbolized by his double belt, and until he learns to unite the opposites, illumination and truth is far from him.
The Magician indicates a beginning – yet also the end of innocence, the mourning for the “everything is possible” mentality, which is so characteristic of the young and the naïve. This is the card that represents the necessity of making choices.
Being able to choose is a mark of maturity. The transition into adulthood often begins by understanding that we cannot have it all, that we cannot please everyone, that we cannot have everyone’s love and admiration, and that we have to let go of some people – or positions – in favor of others. There always comes a time when we have to choose. And even if the choice seems impossible, it is precisely this seeming impossibility that is our greatest spiritual ally. It is time to leave behind the childish ways. It is time to grow up, and to see things clearly. To look the reality into face, and to make a choice.
It is time to commit.
“How does one become conscious? It is simple: you do not have any past within nor any future, nothing but one moment, the cosmic moment. You should break once and for all with the deviations of the ego, the old wounds. You must detach yourself from all plans, all suffering, all programming. Only then will the light of Consciousness arrive. If you are living for yourself in the moment, death does not exist. You have suffered losses in the past and you may suffer more in the future, but here and now nothing is lost.”
(Jodorowsky, Alejandro; Costa, Marianne (2009-11-17). The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards)