Card 1 - The Magician
Card number 1 in the Tarot is The Magician, it falls under the planet Mercury, a celestial body associated with Gemini (Air) and Virgo (Earth) the meeting of two opposing planes… As it is above, so it is below.
There are some fantastic symbolic messages to be found within this card. The card shows a neophyte in front of a table with 3 legs connecting with a square base. This is symbolic of how the Egyptian pyramids were built on a four sided foundation with 3 apexes leading up to the capstone, or The Eye of Knowledge. On the table in front of the Neophyte are 4 objects, the Wand, Chalice, Sword and Pentacle. These of course correspond to the four suites of the Minor Arcana and represent the four primal elements. (Fire, Water, Air and Earth) The Magician is telling us we are setting out on the beginning of a Great Journey, and we have acquired all the necessary tools we need to get there. Drawing this card in a reading may mean you should take a new approach to a situation and that we are coming into our own as human beings.
It is a card representing experimentation and discovery, physical and mental prowess, revelation and improvement. The Magician is telling us to see things for what they really are, which may reveal new hurdles and obstacles requiring us to adapt to new situation where they arise. The Magician also represents the Occult studies, metaphysics and sciences.
Freelancers, actors, musicians and teachers often have traits associated with The Magician… though it can represent anyone coming into their full potential.
Adversely it can represent difficult times and trials, egotism and narcissism, an obsession with our own self image and success… It may be telling us to stop meddling in other people’s affairs where we have no business sticking our noses… It could be telling us to stop over relying on others, or that we are failing to learn life’s lessons.
It is always important not to disregard the reversed aspects of a card, as these may be things we need to let go of and change in our lives. Cards drawn upside-down in a spread are not to be taken lightly and deserve much contemplation. (I will provide more info on reversed card meanings!)
In terms of health, this card has to do with our speed and agility as well as our perception and motor control.
These descriptions are only scratching the surface of the meaning of the Tarot, so feel free to ask a question if need be!