Friday, 27 July 2012

Wisdom

©Hilton & Star
For this last draw with the Unicorn Tarot (U.S. Games, 1996) and the Unicorn Cards (Findhorn Press, 2008) the cards I pulled are the Magician and "Wisdom".

The Magician in the Unicorn Tarot is an old man with a white beard.  He wears a purple robe trimmed in gold, colours of wisdom, spirituality and enlightenment.  In his left hand he holds a wand, which is twisted like a unicorn's horn.  Around him, the other three suit symbols seem to dance in the air  - a sword by his right hand, a golden cup by his left knee, and a golden pentacle by his right foot. 

Just behind and to his left stands a pure white unicorn, gazing towards the Magician and his tools.  The landscape around them is a sandy yello, and behind them both we see a sharply pointed mountain range into which a turreted edifice blends, rising high above them.

This card gives me a real sense not only of the Magician having the power to manifest his will, to make things happen in a seemingly magical way, but also of him doing so from a spiritual place.  This isn't the sometimes trickster-like Magician we see behind a table, perhaps performing for others, nor the juggler of some Marseille-style decks.  He has more of the wise old man to him, a greater sense of experience, wisdom, and working for the good of all.

©Diana Cooper
That seems to fit extremely well with the draw from the Unicorn Cards, titled "Wisdom".  The phrase on the card reads: "Act with wisdom and people will respect you."   I notice, too, that one of the figures on the card even holds his arms in a similar position to our Unicorn Magician! 

In a Native American landscape, one man sits on a carpet on the ground, with arms and legs crossed, a feather headdress half black and half white upon his head.  He sits in the middle of the scene, and stares straight out at us.  Behind and to his left, another man, grey of hair, stands with his arms raised like the Magician, as though in prayer.  A third figure lounges on the ground to the right, outside a teepee. 

There are several horses in the background, as well as possibly some sheep.   A slightly glowing unicorn also stands a little way back from the three figures, looking towards them. 

Who is it that acts with wisdom here?  The chieftain, the medicine man, or the brave?  Perhaps this is a reminder that what counts as wise behaviour may depend to an extent on our social role, and that expectations of us may vary depending on how others perceive us.   We can earn respect for different forms of wisdom, and may need to decide what it is we'd like to be respected for, where our wisdom lies.

We have some friends from New Zealand coming to visit this morning.  They haven't seen Big Boy before, but I'm sure they'll be great with him.  Tonight, we're going to a joint birthday/Olympics opening ceremony party.  I guess both will give me opportunities to try to act wisely, though in quite different roles.  Still, it's the time in between, when I can do my own thing, that offers greater "Magician" potential.  Time to meditate, blog, and research some things for work...

I am grateful for the different roles in my life that offer opportunities to do quite different things.

4 comments:

  1. Nice observatios here. I like the two-deck thing you're doing on the blog. And especially when you point out things like the same hand gestures on the figures in each card. Fab!

    I really like that Unicorn tarot. It's simple and reads nicely by the look of it. I like the colouring.

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    1. Hi PLN,

      Not sure how long I'll keep it up - it's fun but time consuming *aack*

      I like the Unicorn Tarot better than I expected for a "fluffy" deck ;)

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  2. Love the observation about mastery and wisdom being dependent on our roles in life. The Magician is one of my favorites, but so often we think there's only "one way" to be a guru or a master, when there are infinite ways depending on where we draw our personal power.

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    1. Interesting point about the infinite ways to find mastery! Thanks Kim :)

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