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Hamaker-Zondag, Karen. Tarot as a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach to the Tarot. Samuel Weiser, Inc, 1997.

The following are my raw notes taken while reading this book.

Interpreting the Major Arcana

The Magician - Card 1

The desire to act upon an impulse and do something about it. Give it direction. Feel a need to take action. You set to work.

The Magician is making an active start and doing something. This is the very beginning, so any possible outcome is still on the table. The moment as action begins and transforms into becoming. The Magician's mind is working at top speed calculating direction.

There is not a need to be observed or acknowledged by others driving any underlying motivation. The Magician is first motivated to work on something he deems important, and somewhere after that in his list of priorities is interest in others and the outside world.

The Magician is about starting and forming direction. It is the _resolve_ to act, but does not inherently involve the _perseverance_ to reach the destination. The Magician is a pure expression of enthusiasm and drive. There is a vision and drive to act, and the next actions will require the planning for how to actually succeed.

The Magician is ready to act. Failures do not suppress the will to act again, therefore the Magician is continually flexible to try again. He has the courage to shrug off missteps and forge forward again without knowing for sure there will be success. The Magician identifies something important for which he should direct his energy and will keep at it. Although this does not guarantee success, merely being there puts him in the position to eventually achieve the desired success. This can make the magician seem optimistic and flexible.

Reversal Interpretation: Excessive Magician energy brings the danger of being too active. Being active for the sake of being active, rather than for the sake of a goal.

Everything else fades away until all that is left is just constantly rushing. Wasting energy, or pushing others to meet your frenzied level of activity. Just restlessness remains, and each impulse is acted upon which can cause the Magician to turn coercive towards others, pushing them with every impulse he has.

The restless Magician will impulsively want more from others in some sense of forcing them to match his own. But this just causes wasted energy and setbacks. Action for the sake of action replaces action for the sake of achievement. Moving and coercing others to move unnecessarily. The focus becomes about his impulses, his feelings, causing everyone to work around his whims.

Sometimes this restless energy is wound up as a way for the Magician to hide his flaws from himself. He feels self doubt, so acts with harried assurances. He feels blocked, so he tries to keep moving to feel free.