Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tarot Yin & Yang - The Magician & The Hanged Man, part 10

The Magician and The Hanged man complement each other like yin and yang. The Magician is a confident man in control of his destiny. His right hand is held high with a white wand in a victory pose. The Magican's left hand is pointing towards the ground as if to claim it as his own. On the flip side The Hanged Man has his hands tied behind his back. With a triple insult - he is hanging upside down.

Although The Hanged Man may seem helpless, his head glows with a halo indicating spiritual enlightenment. The Magician also has a special kind of halo over his head - an infinity sign. By the pose of his hands it seems to echo Buzz Light Years heroic chant, 'to Infinity and Beyond.'

In front of the Magician are all four suits of a Tarot Deck - Cups, Swords, Wands, and Pentacles. This means the Magician like any good student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry has a kind of magical mastery over his emotional, spiritual, ego, and earthly spells.

In another point of view the Magician has a scientific mastery over the four elements via the modern notion of solid, liquid, gas, and plasma or in the ancient way of earth, water, air, and fire.

In stark contrast the Hanged Man has no control over his situation. The world has hung him out to dry. The vegetation of The Magician is abundant above and below but does not control him, but in The Hanged Man he is hung upside down on a living T-shaped tree - showing that the world has total control over the man.

Do we control and dominate our technology or is it the other way around?

In any case The Magician illustrates a mastery and development of outwards control upon the world, while The Hanged Man shows an inward and spiritual development from within, because of the world.


In the early 1990s two famous magicians were born out of Fantasia - Harry Potter and his fraternal twin - Timothy Hunter. Maybe someday their paths will cross?

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