The London Tarot Festival was on Saturday, 4 July, and I came home with five new decks, amongst them a completely impulse buy of a deck I'd never even seen, the Intuitive Tarot by Cilla Conway. I almost never -- well, actually never -- buy a deck when I haven't seen every single card in it, let alone having seen NONE of the cards. But I was at Cilla's table buying the Devas of Creation, and there was one copy of this deck, and I thought, what the heck, and bought it, too.
The card I've drawn today is Magician. One thing I
The Magician in the Intuitive Tarot is not the 'master of the elements' we've come to expect him to be. He is just one step removed from the Fool. I like the way he's swirling the elements around; it's rather like a little kid who's just discovered that you can swirl water around your arms in the bath or a swimming pool. The swirls look mostly like fire and what might be either air or water, though looking closely there are a few things that might be rocks on the lower left side of the oval, representing earth, perhaps. Now that I look at it, maybe he's on a beach with fire, and that blue bit above the fire is the sea, water, and the transparent swirl is air. I'll go with that. :) 'The Magician is the child learning to manipulate the world and its elements,' the companion book says. 'Along the way, we will lose the natural, unconscious sense of connection with the Infinite, but for a while we take that connection and its phenomenal power for granted.' He certainly looks joyous -- and mischievous.
I have come out of the London Tarot Festival feeling somewhat renewed, and one of the workshops (Tarot Magic by Chloe McCracken) gave me some insight into an issue in my life and the start of a to-do list which will help me make positive changes in this area, if I follow through. The Magician reminds me that I have the ability to make those changes. In fact, how much more of a reminder of a 'Tarot Magic' workshop do you need than the card called 'The Magician'?!
Looks like it's time to make an altar-ation. (That's what I call it when I take down and redecorate my altar.)
|Devas of Creation: Metamorphosis|
That card certainly reinforces the message of the Magician! The cards even echo one another in coloring and the sweep of blue and black moving from the lower left corner to the upper right corner.
I can see I'm really going to enjoy working with these two decks.