Your Chosen Card – The Magician Reversed Golden Deck
When reversed, the Magician may be using his willpower, knowledge and skills for less than honorable purposes. An ill-dignified Magician may be engaged in deception, manipulation, or the misuse of power. He may be weak-willed or lacking in confidence and thus fail to use his communication skills in a productive manner. When the Magician appears reversed in a reading, it is wise to explore what is preventing you from maintaining the mental focus that will enable you to act like a magician in your life.
Keywords Reversed: Trickery, illusion, parlor tricks, deceit, sleight of hand, hesitancy, impotence, lack of confidence, confusion of purpose, the ill use of ones skills; a trickster, con artist, mountebank, stage magician, quack doctor, sleight of hand artist, swindler, thief.
Key 1: The Magus (Juggler)
Myths/Archetypes: Thoth. Hermes Trismegistus. Merlin. Faust. The Magus. The Juggler. The Con Artist.
Astrology: Mercury, messenger of the gods (Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo).
Numerology: 1 (Magician) = 1 + 0 (Wheel of Fortune) = 1 + 9 (The Sun)
Mathers: The Juggler. Will, willpower, dexterity; (R) will applied to evil ends, weakness of will, cunning, knavishness.
When The Magician is reversed you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise. If The Magician is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is The Magician is trying to tell you. If you had a particular issue in mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.
This chosen card is part of your reversed card reading for The Magician using cards from the Golden Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.
Here are some snippets from a few of my favorite books
Complete Book of Tarot: The tarot offers a tool for gaining perspective on complicated situations. As you lay out the cards, their images resonate with your question and shed light on the nuances of your circumstances. As you reflect on these images, you can gain clarity into the pros and cons of a decision you need to make. In this sense, reading the tarot is similar to the process of brainstorming, which can generate new ideas and help to solve problems.
Portable Magic: After the altar has been prepared, the significator representing the magician is placed upon it. During this placement, the point of view of the magician should be transferred into the significator, so that he or she seems to stand with arms spread wide and facing the east upon an elevated dais in the shape of a cross. Each arm of this dais should be imagined to have a rug laid on its surface, each rug bearing the colourful and finely detailed image of an Ace.
Elements of the Psychic World: Edouard Buguet was a famous spirit photographer during the 1860s and 1870s until he was exposed as a fraud in 1875. Buguets photographs were remarkably clear, unlike the misty pictures from other contemporary spirit photos of the era. The French photographer went to extraordinary lengths to impose ghostly images upon his photos, using live models at first but later switching to sculpted heads when he began to fear being exposed.
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Elements of the Psychic World: According to one version of the story, the Palatine was a Dutch ship that left Holland in 1752 with a host of immigrants. The ship was travelling to Philadelphia but off the coast of New England it was damaged in a storm. The crew killed the captain, robbed the passengers and abandoned them, taking off in the lifeboats. The unmanned ship drifted towards Block Island, a place so dangerous for passing ships that a band of land pirates called the Block Island Wreckers made their fortune from salvaging wrecks. Curiously in the case of the Palatine, the pirates saved the lives of the passengers before plundering the ship. One woman, who had been driven insane by the trauma of the mutiny, refused to leave the ship even when it was set alight by the pirates. According to lore her screams could be heard as the flaming wreck drifted out to sea. In other versions of the story the pirates were not so merciful, but plundered the ship and set it alight with the living still on board. Yet another version claims that the captain and crew deliberately wrecked the ship so they could plunder it and rob the passengers.