Card: 1 – The Magician or Magus
Tarot: The Vertigo Tarot
Visual Description: Timothy Hunter from the Books of Magic, a young boy with glasses rather reminiscent of Harry Potter, wearing a red cloak and surrounded by the tools representing the suits of the Tarot. He holds a flaming wand, the other three tools float before him. An open book is superimposed over his forehead, while behind him are faint dials suggesting clocks or barometers, and branches reaching up for the sky. In the foreground of the card, several of the flowers that appeared on the Fool.
Character analysis: I’m really only familiar with Neil Gaiman‘s four book miniseries that introduced Tim (first published in 1990 – several years before Potter. Just sayin’.) In that series he was a normal 12 year old boy who had the potential to be the greatest magician the world had ever known. So, assuming he eventually reaches that potential, he’d be a good choice for the Magus. Seeing the face of a 12 year old on this card is a little unsettling, though.
Astrological Association: Mercury
Guide or mentor
Hermes as guide of the dead or protector of Dionysos (as The Fool)
Power and the appropriate use of it
Someone who has all the answers, in control of the elements
Secret knowledge passed down from a teacher
New discoveries through study
As Above So Below