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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dark And Light

Daily Draw: Haindl Tarot ~ Magician

One fairly constant between decks is the tools of the four suits on the Magician cards. But the portrayal of the Magician on them runs the gamut from street jester to master. Prominent magicians of our time might be Merlin, Gandalf, Albus Dumbledore. What sets them apart from run of the mill would-be magicians, is they never turn someone into a toad in a fit of peevishness. Their intellect runs far beyond that and recognizes the need to see the big picture.

Haindl's image shows our deeper dark side looking forward, our more humanly side looking backward, but that man controls both sides of the brain with the ability of communication. The sword of discovery impales the stone of earthly concerns; the wand of action pierces the cup of thoughts. I'm reminded by this card, until we develop and incorporate both sides of our nature, ever will thoughtless actions and the bottom line be the rulers of our intellect.

"A Thaum is the basic unit of magical strength. It has been universally established as the amount of magic needed to create one small white pigeon or three normal-sized billiard balls." ~ Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE 1948-

1 comment:

  1. This post reminds me of a talk given by Father Joseph Martin years ago. He drew the fraction I/E, and explained that with mature adults, the intellect didn't get rid of emotions but was over them, so that actions were tempered by rational intelligence rather than emotions. In this way jealousy, anger, etc. wouldn't cause one to react to a situation without thinking things through first. I guess this is how I think of the mature Magician - his motives aren't self-centered.

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