Tarot – The Magician

 

If you have reached the Magician, whether by an eager lunge or a mincing step forward, it means the journey has begun. A new journey fraught with dragons and omens and all sorts of magic. This, after all, is the terrain of the Magician. In some decks, Merlin represents this magician card. In others, Hermes. In fairy tales, it is simply The Wizard.

On the Magician’s table are a cup, sword, wand and pentacle. The tools of the trade. These represent the skills and abilities and aptitudes and resources we already have, those tools we are going to use to build our dream.

The Magician calls upon us to assess the raw materials we possess, those elements we will use on this new path towards an as-of-yet faraway and mysterious success. This is where we begin to focus our vision from the infinite potential of the Fool to our power of choice.

Mirroring the Magicians hands in the tarot card, with one pointing up and one pointing down, this is the card where we take the impulse of the Fool high up on that cliff, and bring that message down from the cliff, down into the material realm to begin manifesting.

At this point, the Magician is no longer the Fool on the mountaintop with his head near the clouds surveying the landscape. He has taken the jump and landed, yes, on his feet. And not only that, but with a table of practical tools at hand, and an awareness that he is bringing down from the mountaintop a vision that is to be made into something concrete. As his singular downwards pointing wand demonstrates, it is a singular vision or desire. A desire that is to rise preeminent above all others.

This is a very empowering time in the process. We have decided to go for it! To take a step forward! We can create anything! At this point, it does us well to remember that this spark of an idea came from above and did not originate in our ego self, that self who thinks it has all the answers.

It is at this starting gate with all our engines running high and ready to launch forth that we need to remember that the inspiration came from above, on that mountaintop. We must not lose this connection to Source. It is fundamental to stay hooked into Source throughout the journey. It is where the magic resides, and what the Magician does is to service our higher vision with his will and concentration.

On his table are the materials he will use, those being the Wand (energy and ideas), the cup (emotions and relationships), the sword (our intellect, communication skills, the truth) and the Pentacle (the physical outcome of our labors). In this order, we find the path to success. The new idea, the wand, is lead through the emotions, where the idea picks up the steam of our excitement and passion, then on through the sword of clear thinking and planning, on to the pentacle, the result, the achievement of the goal. Success.

If the magician were associated with any one of these suits, it would be the wand, the magic wand, that idea which starts the whole thing going, the key that turns the engine. And where does this power come from? The Magician’s upraised arm says it all. The true power comes from above / within. From Spirit, Soul, the Universe, the Higher Self, the subconscious… whatever name we wish to use.

This stage of the journey, this new beginning towards our desire requires both will and discipline. To continually be renewed with fresh enthusiasm for this venture, which may involve a steep learning curve, or many steps towards its completion, requires an ongoing infusion of energy. By hooking up to our Higher Self, the path unfolds more easily.

If we forget and begin to feel we are doing it all alone, our path may feel like a struggle against a force of gravity. We may begin to feel blocked or as though the muse has fled. At these times, it may seem easier to prance after another desire, and to cut our budding venture off at the knees in favor for the freshness of another path.

It can feel easier to follow a new idea, which has that blast of the Fool’s excited energy. The same energy one gets in a new relationship—adrenaline and infatuation… that combination of intense emotions that includes passion and fear of the unknown. New ideas can have that rush of adrenaline that is so tempting to follow, from one to another to another. The thing is, any one of the ideas can work. It is simply choosing one and sticking with it to its successful completion. There is not one idea that is better than another. Manifesting our desires requires follow through. It means not getting sidetracked by the next idea that drops down from the heavens, is suggested by a friend, or hyped by the latest Top Paying Jobs list in a magazine.

There are many temptations and distractions along the journey. The gift of staying connected to Source is that it offers us an ongoing sense of renewal. Not to mention multiple synchronicities. Once we have committed to one path, and we prove our mettle by staying the course, Source tends to give us a hand. It seems to be a reciprocal relationship, in that the more we turn ourselves and our actions over to the Universe, the more gifts are extended to us along the journey towards our desire.

Our desire may be clear as a bell, like the impulse to start a new business, to travel the world, or to buy a domain name and build ourselves a website. Or we may have only the next omen or clue calling us in an unspecified direction. For instance, maybe we are simply guided to buy a certain book, or walk into a certain neighborhood college.

This is a task of the Magician—to take an idea from above and to use our resources, those sitting on the table in front of the Magician, to manifest into reality that one chosen desire.

EXERCISE: CHOICE

Choose one desire! Out of the plethora of possibilities you came up with from the questions at the end of the Fool’s chapter, choose one. That is the sum total of our task for the Magician. And know this. You cannot make a wrong choice. Simply begin with one possibility that calls to you, and commit to it. We begin with just one desire so as not to scatter our energies and resources.

If you find it difficult to narrow things down, begin by narrowing your options down to three. Then of the three, close your eyes, take 5 long deep breaths, and imagine them one by one in your mind’s eye. Which one is most compelling? That’s the one!

If two of them are equally compelling, great! See this not as a dilemma, but as a gift! The Universe is presenting you with a menu of items you will enjoy. At any restaurant, you simply choose one item out of many delectable possibilities. Likewise, at this point in the journey, you simply choose one of those that appeals the most, knowing you’re going to enjoy it, and committing to it. If you refuse to make a choice, you will sit in the restaurant eating nothing, and remain hungry. So enjoy the fact that you have a number of great options that will lead to your success!

EXERCISE: WRITE this DESIRE

Write out the desire you have chosen on paper, giving it a positive, present-tense orientation. That is, instead of writing, “I want to stop eating sugar”, say, “I eat lots of great vegetables.” You get the idea. It’s framed in the positive of what we do want, not what we don’t want. And we don’t use future oriented words like “I want” or “I will” but rather present-tense oriented words like, “I eat / do / have / am / feel …”

Also, only use one idea in this desire statement. For example, instead of “I eat great vegetables and lose 10 pounds,” you would choose “I eat great vegetables,” or “I am losing 10 pounds.” The more directed the energy, the less scattered it is, the swifter your outcome will be. Our statement of desire is our magic wand, the vehicle we’re jumping into that will carry us to success. Let’s make it strong and clean!

EXERCISE: DIVINE BREATH

Oxygen is life. The more oxygen we take in, the more life we take in. The more deeply we breathe in, the more that the knots we have hidden away inside our minds and bodies begin to loosen and release. The Fool is the ground of all being, the Tao, the Universe within which we play. If we can harmonize with it and thus with the Greater Flow of things, our way will become clearer and smoother, and our success will unfold at a swifter pace.

The breathing exercise I’m introducing here is simply called Long Deep Breathing.

And what does this mean? It means two things. One is long breathing. The other is deep breathing. Combine the two, and voila!

The first thing is taking a long breath, which means inhaling until your lungs are as full as they can get, and then exhaling so completely that you empty out every last atom of oxygen. The second thing is deep breathing… as opposed to shallow breathing. Shallow breathing stays up in the throat and chest. Deep breathing goes down to the belly, so that you can actually see your gut rise and fall.

Thus, long deep breathing is simply breathing into your belly as deeply as you can, then exhaling until your belly is pushed against your spine and every last bit of air is expelled.

Homework: Do 5 long deep breaths at least three times today. I find it’s easy to work them in while standing in the line up at my café or grocery store, or waiting at the stop light, or during television commercials even.

With the Fool, the exercise was to take five long deep breaths three times a day. Raise that to ten or more times a day. Consider practicing as you walk to your car, from your bedroom to the kitchen, while you’re combing your hair. Or washing up dishes. See how many more places you can sneak in five long deep breaths.

Tarot – The Fool

Tarot as a Path to Success

TAROT & SUCCESS: Using the Tarot as a Map to your dreams

When you want to begin something new, what is the first thing that happens?

Likely, you feel a rush of excitement at this creative burst that has made an impression on you and that has shot like a lightening bolt into the sky of your mind. You may start feeling adrenaline rush forward, hear ideas about directions to take it, and sense a physical or mental energy explode from within… the impulse to act!

You are the fool standing on that cliff, smelling the salts of a hidden sea that waits far below you. You have a new vision of something unknown and fresh. Something that may as yet have no specific form, but is the germ of an idea. Or it may be less than the germ of an idea. It may be an unfocused pull towards something different, something new. Or a divine discontent with what exists in your life now.

Whatever it is, you have a sense of impending movement. You feel a compulsion to step forward.

Yet… this primal impulse can be fraught with potholes. For as soon as we receive this shudder of an idea that guides us to step off the metaphorical cliff, we may get a backlash that comes at us with equal force and vigor… the backlash that screams at us “Stay where you are! It’s dangerous out there!”

 For others, the stop signs to this divine impulse may sound like, “But I can’t leave my job!” – “I can’t afford this!” – “I’m too old to go to school!” – “I have no talent!”

So as we stand on the edge of this precipice into the unknown, like the fool on the edge of the cliff, pulled forward by an evolutionary force to succeed on our soul’s path towards our goals, we may find ourselves firmly yanked back into our holding stall.

And there we may remain.

We may remain just a few minutes before deciding what the heck! And jump up to call a local college to inquire about courses, or buy an instrument, or sketch our ideas for a new garden, or a new gardening business. Or we may wait, and heed those fearful inner voices, many of which do not even belong to us, but rather are voices echoing the wishes or expectations of our family, society, and culture.

We may suppress our impulse forward for many other reasons too. Perhaps confusion if we have no clear endpoint. We feel a call to move, but don’t understand towards what? We don’t understand that the Universal Spirit knows that giving you the big picture for your life might be so far from any sense of what you now know about yourself, that the magnitude of it would scare the daylights out of you and kill off the germinating idea before it could sprout the first bud.

And so we sit. Unmoving. And we feel our frustration and confusion build.

This can last for years. For many, it becomes an entire lifetime of “quiet desperation”. If we have a concrete vision, and still refuse the call, it is even worse, as it is a shining beacon pleading with us to come forth.

But we may prefer the safety of the known to the frightening specter of what lies at the base of our cliff.

After all, what if we jump… and crash? What if we die? Jumping out of our safety zone can feel like a death, because we may be leaving everything we know. Whether conscious or not, we know that changing who we are, or what we do, or how we approach life, may very well mean the end of certain relationships. Certain comforts.

And so we wait and we wait and we wait.

But the voice, the feeling, the sense, the vision of what lies down that road not taken will not leave us. Oh, it may fade away leaving behind an unspecified numbness, or a vague memory of some hidden shape behind a curtain. But we tell ourselves; “My life is alright. Perhaps not a grand adventure. Perhaps a few dreams unlived. What does it all matter? I’ve paid my bills on time. I’ve had a comfortable home. A comfortable relationship. A comfortable life. So what if there wasn’t much spice in this stew I call my life?”

Yet… something in the back of our mind says, “Why am I sacrificing my life just to pay the bills? Just to follow the status quo writ large by people I never knew or who no longer are in my life?”

The Fool card in the tarot has the potential to ask all these questions.

And what does the Fool card represent. Well, like the Tao, it is the ground of our being. It is our Inner Self. Our soul. It is the Self that is transcendent. The part of us that is not caught up in the list of daily “to do’s” that we carry around on our notepad or i-phone. It is the part of us that knows that life is meant to be lived as an adventure. The adventure doesn’t have to be something like a hike up Everest, though if called, that would be a heck of a journey. The adventure can mean becoming more active with your grandkids … or moving away from them if that is the call. And skipping their birthday parties too!

Our call can go in many directions. And the Fool part of ourselves knows which direction will bring us joy and freedom and that feeling of being fully alive. And it also knows that for some of us, too much information may kill the spark before it has a chance to grow into a flame. So we are given but the next step on the journey, rather than the entire map. But we can rest assured that the Fool, our Higher Self, the Universal Mind does have the map and if we follow the path it is laying out for us, small step by small step, we will arrive at a success that is beyond our wildest dreams.

For those of us who are not given the endpoint up front, sometimes all we have to work with is an inkling that we should attend this function, or turn down that street, or call this number. If there is not a big picture vision, we start by following these little hunches. These intuitive sparks. The next step ahead of us. If our Higher Self is only revealing the next small step, it is to help us break things down into manageable and doable tasks, so that we can build our confidence.

But we must begin. We must take that step over the cliff and into the arms of the unknown.

It is helpful to know at this seminal point in the journey that, while following our bliss may involve challenges that frighten us; we will be taken care of as we go forward. Whatever obstacles come with following the path of our Higher Self, we can be sure that the gains and rewards will outweigh the losses.

It can be scary, as all we really know is what is here before us. We can see very clearly what we may lose. And we cannot imagine what we are losing by not following our Souls beckoning, because as yet it is entirely unknown. So we are trading what is certain, for… who knows what?!

We hold before us a choice. Not an intellectual choice of pros and cons and strategies. But a simple choice of the heart to surrender to what our Higher Self wants of us. Because none of us wants to be eighty years old, and wondering how our lives could have been different if only we had….?

The Fool is the beginning. The beginning of a journey towards success. A great big “Yes” to a quiet little voice, to a feeling, a hunch, a knowing, or a vision.  A “Yes” to surrendering ourselves to something that as of yet is unknown. In that unknown place, normal laws and rules do not exist. It is a place of magic where the impossible can happen.

In essence, the traditional meaning of the Fool embodies infinite potential and unlimited possibility. It is the realm where magic exists, where there are no limitations or borders to what can be created. The Fool stands atop a mountain, completely free, the world before her or him. She or he can create anything. Multiple possibilities exist! Infinite possibilities! The Fool holds the white rose, representing a pure desire, and is ready to move towards that, to bring it from the symbolic realm to the level of manifestation beyond the next step. This pure desire is the one that is most truly in alignment with our soul. The purity of this desire means that all other tasks and goals pale in comparison, and we leave behind our daily “to do” list to follow our true and pure soul’s desire.

 

EXERCISE 1: BRAINSTORMING

Questions are like magical wands that open doors to our imagination, our subconscious dreams and our desires. Get yourself a pen and paper, and spend some time playing with questions that have the power to open you up to what lies beyond your current reality.

A. If money were no issue for you, what would you do? Or create?

B. How about time? If time were no issue for you, what path might you follow?

C. If you knew you were guaranteed to succeed, what would you begin today?

D. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

Go wild with your answers! Don’t narrow things down just now. Experiment! Play! Be extravagant! Flamboyant! Outrageous! Write at least two pages worth of possibilities and potential paths you could take.

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