2. The Magician I. B.P. Grimaud, 1969.Tarot of Marseilles, France.
The Magician I Upright.
The Magician I, attributed to Pamela Colman Smith following instructions from A. E. Waite and was first Published in 1909. Her sponsored work has had a revolutionary impact on tarot reading and has become the most popular of 'teaching and learning' tarot resources.
Upright, The Magician I presents a dramatic image of a confident young man in striking robes set against a background of bold yellow. I have always found this picture deceptively simple. The young man’s gentle awareness belies the enormous potential he seems to have at his command. The lemniscate above his head and the ouroboros around his waist show he is empowered by the perpetual, indestructible nature of energy and the force of the divine as he sets his intention. With arms outstretched he connects energetic and the physical realms.
The grace, modesty and simplicity of the young fellow’s clothing reminds us of a medieval friar’s habit and cloak. His honest intentions are indicated by the white robe; while his red cloak signifies great passion for the task at hand. The themes of purity and zeal are accentuated by the overhanging bow of red roses and the profusion of roses and white lilies (purity) that rise from the ground and cover his legs and feet. The green foliage suggests spring and new life and the 4th Chakra; bringing the influences of healing and emotional intelligence.
The young man stands poised and at the ready; he is on the threshold of an exciting new project, adventure or chapter in his life. He is well prepared and has laid the four key symbols of the Major and Minor Arcana neatly and precisely upon the solid, carved table in front of him. The single sword, wand, cup and pentacle represent the energy of the Aces which suggest the four doors to opportunity and possibility. The Magician 1 is himself part of a powerful synchronicity.
The solid background of golden yellow is the colour of the 3rd Chakra and symbolises self-confidence, optimism, creativity and visceral intelligence. Yellow is the colour of mental challenge of wisdom, logic and clarity of thought when we need to make decisions.
The Magician I. Attribution to Pamela Colman Smith following instructions from A. E. Waite. First Published in 1909
The Magician I B.P. Grimaud, 1969. Tarot of Marseilles, France.
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