The traditional meaning for The Magician is learning to use abilities or tools to manifest on the earth plane. It is the personal will in unison with the Divine. The Rider/Waite/Smith deck shows The Magician in front of a table which holds these tools, the four suits of the Tarot. The symbology includes flowers, a lemniscate above his head, a belt in the form of a snake and on and on. Expanding Dimensions, the creators of Today’s Journey Tarot replaced the character of the magician with a scientist in Key 1 Manifestation. In past times, scientists were often accused of being magicians and some of them paid with their lives. The scientist in Manifestation is working out a formula on a green board. Within this formula are the glyphs for each of earth’s elements, Fire, Water, Air and Earth and the conclusion of the formula is signified by a merkaba, representing transformation. On the table behind him are various resources he is using to aid him on his quest. Both the magician and the scientist use the tools of the Universe, the elements, and their wills to create. The two cards are very similar. Both characters are actively participating to create what they desire.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”