Daily Tarot for September 23,2013

Llewellyn Tarot, the Magician

Good morning all! We have an interesting start to the week in the card of The Magician! The Magician is the first person the Fool meets along his road of self discovery. With The Magician, the Fool first realizes his own power. He is aware now that he has a destiny and that the tools of creation (sword, cup, wand, pentacle) are available him to manifest his goal. That which is thought can become physical,  as above so below.

With the magician we know that there is a realization of “Hey, I can do this”! Once we realize we have the power to make things happen, there are choices as to HOW to make it happen. Which road will you choose, which tool will you use first?

In the Llewllyn Deck, the Magician is symbolized by Gwydion. When you first look at Gwydion, he’s rather dubious in character. He is a powerful magician, but he often uses his power for ill.  This gets him in trouble with the “Powers that be”.  (I will post more about Gwydion some other time.) The warning in this card is “with great power comes great responsibility”. (Love that Spidey quote!) If we put negative out there, it will come back. Again, it comes down to a question of which road do we take? Make your choices wisely!

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8 thoughts on “Daily Tarot for September 23,2013

  1. Wish the magician was the first person I’d met along my journey.

  2. Queen of Cups, I’d say. Or Swords, possibly.

  3. geekyg1rl says:

    Ok, I have a few more minutes now, I’d like to say a bit more about Gwydion. Gwydion is NOT one of my favorite mythological people. He is a powerful magician, yes, however he’s also a big damn jerk! He helps his brother commit the rape of Goewin, who is the virgin “foot holder” of Math King of Gwynedd. (WHY does Math need a virgin foot holder to survive anyway? The whole myth is extremely misogynistic.) Then he recommends his sister Arianhrod, what a supportive brother! Math “tests Ariahnrod’s virginity” by telling her to ….”step over his magician’s rod”…. SURPRISE! Ariahnrod gives birth afterward to two children! One of these boys is hidden and raised by Gwydion. This child is Llew Llaw Gyffes. Llew is cursed by his mother (as some mothers will do with children who are product of rape) but Gwydion helps Llew to over come all of these curses. Included is the curse that Llew will never marry a human woman. So… what does Gwydion do? He CREATES a woman out of flowers for the specific purpose of being a wife for Llew. Hm.

    See what I’m getting at here? While The Magician card is traditionally a card that demonstrates the fool discovering his abilities, it is also a card of great creative masculine power. The dark side of great masculine power is patriarchal terrorism. Because this deck has the magician symbolized as Gwydion this is why I say use caution when wielding your power. The repercussions of how that power is managed can be far reaching indeed.

    • Sharon Crowell-Dav says:

      If you read the Mabinogion without the blind adoration we’ve been raised to that “men are always right”, Gwydion is quite clearly a villain.

  4. geekyg1rl says:

    I have a few thoughts on Math as well. I think, like the Grecco Roman myths, that many of these are handed down from a time when patriarchy was over throwing matriarchy. They are about “keeping women in their place” so to speak. The story of Math, and how he needs a Virgin to be a “foot holder” during times of peace for example. If you think about the original definition of the word “virgin” it gives a whole different perspective to the story.

    The original definition of the word virgin was “woman unto herself”. This original definition had nothing to do with sexual experience but simply meant that she was a woman independent of men. So Math, in that case seems to be a ruler who when not busy making war, busied himself with subduing and dis empowering independent women by physical force and by forcing them into such menial tasks as “foot holding”. Literally Math was keeping women “underfoot” and “downtrodden”.

    Ariahnrod was a Goddess in her own right. If you look at this from a higher perspective we can see how this is another story about patriarchy overthrowing matriarchy. Just like many of the Greek stories such as Zeus and his rapes, and mistreatment of his wife Hera, who is actually the older Mother Goddess married off and made subject to the mountain God.

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