The Magician

(The Magus)

The Fortingall Yew Ones represent beginnings, and a major arcana card overpowers any other card of the same pip value. The magician is always number one and centre stage but beware! there is always something going on behind the scenes. In a conventional tarot he is representative of the travelling showman, now you see him now you don't, regarded with awe, admiration, fascination and suspicion all at the same tine by both the public and authorities. He exudes confidence and combines positive action, energy, individuality and creativity.

This card shows new beginnings or the start of a new cycle. He exudes confidence, creativity, initiative and willpower and augers well for a new enterprise. Reversed you need to beware of deception and trickery and be careful in whom you place your trust.

The card carries the symbol for the magician's planet, Mercury (the messenger of the gods) and the first letter of the Hebrew alefbet, Alef, which also represents the number one in Hebrew and is the equivalent of alpha in the greek alphabet. Many of the names of the letters (but not the symbols) are similar in Hebrew and Greek. This contrasts with the Crowley / Harris Thoth tarot which assigns the second letter of the Hebrew alefbet, beit, to the Magus. Read my notes on the Fool for my reasoning for doing this.

The magician is the creative principle, and immediately identifies with the Yew which is the longest lived tree.

Yews are the oldest living things, reaching up to five thousand years old. The Fortingill Yew, illustrated here and standing almost in the centre of Scotland, is believed to be the oldest living organism in Europe. It now stands in a churchyard but is close to a long barrow, so it may well have been planted by neolithic man.

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