I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Magician is portrayed by a notoriously proud and alert animal: the cheetah. He has a powerful stance and his gaze is focused. He is sizing up his surroundings, not with any urgency, but with a natural awareness of all that is at work around him.
The lemniscate symbol appears on the cheetah’s chest. We’ll see this symbol on a few more cards from the Wild Unknown tarot (it also appears on several cards in the Rider-Waite tradition). This symbol can represent ‘the infinity sign’ suggesting the infinite nature of all life and all matter.
This symbol also reminds me that the wisdom and archetypes within tarot transcend space and time – this is why the cards have resonated with so many people for so long. The tarot goes through different incarnations and different artistic interpretations, but its core messages always remain relevant.
The four suits of the deck – sword, pentacle, cup and wand – are laid out in front of the Magician. His front paws rest on the pentacle, suggesting his ability to take raw materials and create something tangible.
Surrounding the Wild Unknown Magician are rays of orange and yellow light – colors that convey active energy and vitality. The rays emanate out from a singular point in the distance. This shows a concentration of energy, which was previously undirected (as we saw with the Fool) but which is now available to the Magician through his understanding of the four tools before him.
The Magician has an innate ability to tap into – and actively channel – this infinite energy. He has complete confidence in his abilities. He knows that his greatest power lies in his unshakable knowledge that he is – as we all are – an empowered creator.