Our card this week is the Magician. The Magician is the first person The Fool encounters on their journey through the Major Arcana. The Magician appears to tell that you’ve got this: Damn, you got all the magic you need, inside of you! The Magician is a creative force of manifestation, a dude who knows the universe and knows he knows the universe.
As a Major Arcana card, The Magician speaks to overarching story arcs, instead of our daily life and actions. The Magician says, life is crazy and you got all you need inside you. Manifest the shit out of it!
In Paulina Cassidy’s Joie de Vivre deck, pictured above, our Magician is a genie that is rising up from a lamp. He holds each of the four elements in his hands: a pentacle to represent the earth, a sword for air, a chalice for water, and a staff to represent fire. He commands all four elements, to infinity and beyond! (As the bunny below might say if it were Bunny Lightyear). He uses these tools to shape and direct the magic he produces.
While we have everything we need inside us already to perform magic (see any number of Tess Whitehurst’s books!), tools can help us focus our attention. On instagram, you might think the most common tools a witch uses are crystals, and a lot of them! When I first started my witchy ways, crystals were the least important. Sure, they were pretty, but really, you needed your wand (fire), athame (air), something to hold water—preferably some sort of pretty pewter chalice (water, duh), and some sort of rock (for earth). The rock part didn’t really matter—as long as it was something that spoke to you, it worked!
Crystals are gorgeous, and they can have a great impact on any Tarot reading you do (I love to keep my crystal ball with me to amplify my connection to Spirit) and any spellwork you do (crystal grids, anyone?). And crystals are EVERYWHERE now. But do you know where your crystals come from?
Ethical consumerism is important. To me, ethical witchy consumerism is even more important. Do I want negative energies associated with my spellwork?
I like to ask myself if there is any way I can find what I need in my local desert, first. Then I check with local makers. Most of the makers here in Tucson are ethically conscious and do their best to find locally and/or ethically sourced materials. My favorite place to find ethically sourced crystals (and more) is The Ninth House shop, where you’ll find me helping out on weekends and at events. Melisa, the owner, has talked with me about the difficulties in finding ethically sourced crystals and just how important it is to her to be able to provide those crystals to her customers. She researches stones and crystals to learn about possible conflicts; for instance, she no longer orders lapis lazuli for the shop after it was brought to her attention that it comes from a conflict mineral source in Afghanistan. Before purchasing any stones or crystals, she gets the location of each mine, the type of mine, and more, in order to make the best possible decision.
What tools do you use in your manifestation work, spell work, kitchen witchery, or Tarot? Where do you find your tools? Join the conversation on Facebook.