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The Magician

Posted in Tarot on December 20th, 2010 by Kristine Gazel

It’s quiet now, and almost full moon. The candles are lit, the deep blue reading cloth is laid out and I’m about to draw the first card in the 12-cards circle of the Sacred Days of Yule spread.

To night it is about dreams and dreaming:

1. Mother Night of Dreams: – Dec 20th This card reminds us to look for a particular message in our dreams tonight. The ancients believed that our dreams on this night foretold some of the important events in the coming year.

I drew the Magician – a very powerful character.

He is standing in the circle of Stonehenge, at Summer Solstice, the exact opposite time of the year from now. At Stonehenge the union of the Divine feminine and the Divine Masculine was celebrated, and now the Magician is ready, with all his tools and power to make that union possible. He is reaching his right arm towards the sky, while pointing his left arm to the ground to channel the energy.

So what should I look for in my dreams tonight? Strong, impressive, frightening, masculine energy – Animus energy. Animus as the Wise man, the Magician, the healer. Interestingly, last year I drew Knight of Cups, a softer, romantic energy. A knight, though – but the Knight of the Heart.

This one is about magical power, about acknowledging the darkness and the shadow  sides of life, that I must face and endure if I am to be creative and whole.


A working definition

Posted in Tarot on November 16th, 2008 by Kristine Gazel

Recently I wrote an introduction to Tarot on my danish web site page about Tarot Reading.

The writing process, that did in fact resulted in a sort of essay, gave me a clearer understanding of my own view upon the Tarot, and a working definition:

Tarot is a language of symbols, that we understand intuitively and with which we communicate with the unconsciousness to get a deeper understanding of the possibilities that lie latent in the Now.

I also understand the Tarot in terms of Energy: I think the Tarot in itself pictures different kinds and levels of energy in a symbolic form.

Therefore I see the Magician as the card that in itself symbolises or
personalizes the Tarot. Both because he master the energy – divine or unconsciouss forces – and because he has the Tarot symbols as tools on his table. He has the elements in his power.

The Magician master the Now perfectly, and he is connecting using himself as the channel of energy the heaven and the earth. He has the lemniscate
hoovering above his head, the symbol of infinity and endless possibilities. The roses and lillies symbolizes what we need to understand and have in our hearts to master the Tarot: Love and Purity.

The Magician symbolizes paradoxically both potential and manifestation at the same time. Nothing is impossible for the Magician.

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