Ever since I got really into YA, I’ve been daydreaming about putting together my own tarot deck inspired by characters from the books I read. Here we have some fruit from all that daydreaming, as I attempt to teach you the tarot using the familiar faces we’ve met in our favorite young adult novels. (I will be using the traditional Rider-Waite tarot as my base, and illustrating with my own versions, quickly-sketched on my iPad.) If you intend to join me on this journey, I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed the whole process. Cheers!
The Magician: Traditional
- Card Number: 1
- Suit: Major Arcana
- Keywords: resourcefulness, intention
THE MAGICIAN is a card about personal power. The traditional card pictures The Magician standing behind a table that contains a sword, a cup, a wand, and a coin — all the suits of the Minor Arcana. The Magician is a conduit, drawing divine power from above and pulling it straight through his/her body, and bringing light and life to whatever s/he endeavors. This is a card that says, “you have all the tools to make it happen!” You can do it!
Things to remember: This is a card about channeling your energy toward your will. Resourcefulness is an asset here, and who knows where the light bulb of the muse might brighten? Want to make some magic happen? Go right ahead!
The Magician: YA Lit Character
- Character: Magnus Bane
- Series: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, etc.
- Author: Cassandra Clare
How is Magnus Bane like The Magician?
He’s so much The Magician that I’m tempted to say he was modeled after the card! His full name is probably Magnus “The Magician (Even Though I’m Technically a Warlock” Bane. Who’s the guy that eeeeeverybody runs to when they’re in a bind and need someone to work their magic? Magnus Bane.
Who’s the guy that everybody calls on when they need some random, weird item or object or answer? Magnus Bane. Who’s the one that basically has to help everyone figure out their issues and solve their problems, and use HIS RESOURCES and connections and vast years of knowledge in the process? Magnus freaking Bane.
And the great thing about Magnus is that he IS available. Sure, sometimes, he pushes back and needs his own life/time/space, but he’s such a great guy that he’s always there to help (I mean, nobody else can work magic like this boy!).
Kelley’s card (click to see bigger/better): Magnus sits in the dark, his face lit only by the blue flames he holds in his hand. His warlock’s cat-liked eyes shine with the knowledge and confidence that only he can possess.
Bonus Character, Because I Can
Those of you who watch Supernatural: you know Bobby Singer? Bobby is also The Magician. He’s the one who *everyone* calls for help, whether they need an alibi, a fake ID, an obscure esoteric book, or a bag of magic beans or whatever. So now you have TWO characters you can relate with The Magician.
Do YOU think Magnus embodies The Magician?
Is my explanation thorough and/or helpful enough? What other YA characters do you think could embody The Magician? Please give me feedback in the comments!