Per Bastemhet

Nefertari Tarot: The Magician (1)

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Visual Card Description: There is a man kneeling on water and facing to the left, with one hand holding a black and blue striped staff upright, and the other hand upraised as if hailing someone.  His skin is a rich blue, he has on a light blue headdress, a black beard, a large green collar, and his white and light blue striped kilt is held up by a gold belt with a red disk decoration.  Floating in the air to his left is a coin with an ankh on it and a cup or large bowl; and there is a blade in the upper right corner.  Behind him there is a tall blue lotus, its stem reaching to the ground.

Free association: (Keywords that come to mind on first glance):  Totality, Mastery, Heka, Nun, Intelligence, Manipulation of different aspects, Manipulation of Energy

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The Magician is about making higher – and better – use of all of one’s power. Spiritual, emotional, and otherwise. This is another card that often signifies new beginnings and great expectations. This is a very powerful, positive omen in a reading. This card reminds us that we have the power to make a difference, in our lives and in the greater world, if we simply make a point to try.

You may notice many synchronicities, which point towards deep, spiritual events taking place regardless of the “importance” of their superficial appearances. You should be finding that you have the knowledge, strength, and inspiration needed to meet your challenges. In general this is a very positive time for you.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Initiative, skill, ability, astuteness, diplomacy, spirit of initiative and refusal of any suggestion and prejudice.  Beginning of new enterprises.

My interpretation:  The magician is seated on the Nun, the waters of pre-creation.  Within these waters are the never ending possibilities of manifestation.  The magician knows that everything is made from these waters, and knowing this, has the ability to see behind the different forms creation may take, be it with qualities from the wand, (fire, willpower and different resources) the pentacle, (earth, the body, the physical world) the chalice, (water, emotionality, sentimentality) or the sword (air, the mind and intellectual speculation).  He sees everything being created, perishing, and rising again.  The blue lotus echoes this, as it symbolizes death and rebirth; it opens during the day and closes again during the night, showing the cycle in short form every day.

This card may symbolize the seeker, who has realized that whatever form circumstances take, everything is a cycle and all is transient.  It may also symbolize a person whom the seeker admires or fears for their ability to see past the mundane.  If describing an immature person, It may or may not also imply hubris as well as intelligence.

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Written by Bastemhet

May 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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