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4/2 The Magician and The Teacher

In the first row of the Major Arcana in the Evolutionary Tarot deck there is The Magician card at one end of the row and The Teacher card at the other.  Understanding the difference between these two archetypes is essential for anyone on the path of self-realization.  Each of these two archetypes, the Magician and the Teacher, represents a significant power to Manifest.  The key differences between the two is the motivation for what manifests.  

The Magician is motivated to manifest his desires.  While there isn’t anything wrong with that, the benefit of what manifests may be largely for himself and for those close to him.  With the Teacher, something larger is at work.  The Magicians motivation comes from his ego and his ego’s desires while the Teacher’s motivation comes directly from the soul.  The Teacher is hearing a call from a deeper place.  The call of the soul is a call to participate in the realization of truths that contribute to the evolution of our collective consciousness.  With the Teacher, the ego and the soul are working together to realize universal laws and principles.  The Magician may be manifesting something that others may not be fully aware of; thus, it appears to be magical to them, but it is something that has already been discovered.  The Teacher on the other hand is largely motivated to bring forth a new truth, to develop a new understanding that represents an expansion of our collective consciousness.  The Teacher serves evolution and evolution benefits the collective. 

A Teacher does more than just teach, Like the Magician he is an example for others.  A Teacher teaches by the example of the way he or she lives.  The Teacher example is that of being the implacable hunter, never satisfied with just manifesting the known.  The Teacher serves the collective good. The work may be beneficial to generations yet unborn.  The pioneering efforts of Einstein for example, has benefited scientists who came after more than they benefited Einstein himself.  The Teacher is involved in doing the Magnum Opus, better known as the great work.  He is involved in the Alchemical practice of turning lead into Gold. 

This does not mean that the work is done with some rare material; just the opposite.  The Gold is found in the dense lead of everyday life.   Our lives hold the potential for each of us to reach into deep spiritual mysteries when we see the significance hidden in daily living.  That is why the Buddha says, “before enlightenment: chop wood and carry water.  After enlightenment: chop wood and carry water..


Todays card is Justice.  When we have an insight, we must figure out how to apply the new awarenss to our lives.  If we do not integrate it into  our world, we will lose what it offers us.  Rise up out of the limited thinking of the past and realize there is more that life is offering you.  


We all struggle with the emotion of sadness. It is worthwhile to ask, what purpose does this emotion serve? All emotions do serve a purpose whether we recognize that or not. Sadness is one of the feelings that is most difficult to understand. We need to start by acknowledging the truth that an emotion will not be rationalized away. But if we open our awareness and allow the emotion in, it will bring us a hidden gift. This gift will only come when we are gentle and accepting. In Greek Mythology the goddess Artemis has strong associations with the moon. In the Tarot, it is the High Priestess who sits above the Moon. Artemis is a huntress and is very active, while the High Priestess is very passive. There is a paradox here. We need to remember both Artemis and The High Priestess to deal with our emotions. Like the High Priestess we must be accepting and passive in the sense of not trying to avoid our feelings, but like Artemis, we must be willing to wander in the moon light, i.e. wander in our emotional state being feminine (Artemis is a female after all) waiting for something to show up.. As I said its paradoxical. What will show up is a new awareness, a new sense of appreciation for the gifts of life, all of which are transitory.


Todays card is the seven of swords reversed. WIth the number seven it is essential for us to observe with neutrality. .This card can represent the courage to follow your own guidance even when others do not support you OR..It can represent stealing other peoples ideas. When its reversed, it may represent the inability to think for yourself or a lack of courage.


Todays card was the Death card reversed. No one likes to see this card regardless of its orientation. .We need to remember that we are part of evolution and for evolution to move forward, old forms must die so that new ones can be reborn. When the death card is reversed, it may be indicating that we are refusing to change. What old forms are we holding onto? -Are we refusing to trust that new forms will be as fullfilling as what worked in the past? . Trust is key. .Do your best to go with the flow. Hang loose and enjoy the ride.

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