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Tarot Reflections

October 2005

A Spiritual Journey with Tarot: The Magician
Gary Meister, CTR

Gary Meister has been studying Tarot from several different viewpoints for the past 25 years. Certified for over 20 years, Gary is a member of the ATA and a Certified Tarot Master (CTM) recognized by The Tarot Certification Board of America. Gary also holds a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in the "Intuitive Tarot" course from

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Tarot is an excellent tool for meditation to enhance spiritual growth. With Tarot, in our readings we each have subtly different meanings for the different cards, meanings which work well for ourselves better than anyone else’s. Spiritual Tarot works the same way. We each have our own path and we each see subtly different things in the Major Arcana cards to help us along that path.

With this series I’m sharing my journey, in hopes that it might help to shine a little light on yours.

The Magician stands in front of a table with all the implements he needs in front of him. They are the same things he carried with him as the Fool. Now he is in this life-experience and has to learn how to handle it. We see that he reaches up for the Power above him (that Higher Self in side) and, with his finger, concentrates this Power to the ground in front of him. He takes the Power from Spirit and brings it to this material world. He is giving this operation his full attention.

To me, the Magician represents the conscious mind, the level of mind that directs our attention.

When I meditate on the Magician, it helps me to remember that I am, indeed, in charge of this life-experience. As an individual expression of The Infinite, I have the Power to create my own reality. What this takes is recognizing my Higher Power and giving my full attention to whatever I want to create in my life on a regular basis in meditation.

We are all the Magician. We have the Power to create in our life that which we keep our attention upon. Unfortunately, most of us keep our attention of all the things that went wrong today and all the things we think will probably go wrong tomorrow. In so doing, we create precisely what we don’t want, day, after day, after day. We need to learn to think in a positive way, to put our attention on what we want to happen in our life.

In meditation, try to “see” the things you want. Try to make them “feel” like the reality of your life. “See” them as already here, already a part of your reality. Don’t allow the negative thoughts to stay in your consciousness. When you become aware of them, immediately change them. Say “Erase” – and mean it! Change the mental picture to fit what you want. This is not always easy. In fact, to be honest, it never is. But with practice, it becomes easier and easier as time goes on. Try it – see how much better your life becomes. And remember what the Hermit taught you, none of this “stuff” really matters anyway. It can’t hurt you, so don’t worry about it.

When I meditate on the Magician, it helps me to remember that I really do create my own reality, day after day. To create the reality I want, the Magician helps me to remember where to put my attention.

That’s what the Magician means to me.


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