1 – The Magus

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

My Stuff:

Guide or mentor

Hermes as guide of the dead or protector of Dionysos (as The Fool)

Intellectual

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

Ceremonialist, formal

Balance

As Above So Below

Neo-Platonism

Agrippa

Jimmy Page

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0 – The Fool

Card: 0 – The Fool

Tarot: Vertigo Tarot (Based on DC’s Vertigo line of comics.)

Visual description: John Constantine (Hellblazer), Behind his head is a traditional Fool, almost a stick figure, about to walk of the edge of a cliff. His head is blurred and the image brightly lit as if these are his thoughts. Constantine has a dog with him, but it it skeletal. In the bottom left corner, three flowers.

Character analysis:  One of the greatest magicians in the Vertigo universe, or it’s greatest charlatan.  Or, quite likely, both.  Constantine is somewhat cynical by comparison to other Tarot fools, but he can be foolish enough for them all.  John seems to gather experiences. Though he never really goes looking for them, he’s always able to take whatever the Universe has to dish out.  The collateral damage, however, is occasionally spectacular.

Astrological Attributes:  Uranus

My stuff:

The Spirit in Search of Experience.

The soul that is open to all life has to offer. Vulnerable, yet powerful because of it’s openness.

The new born God, Dionysos, roaming the world with an army of madness and spreading his blessings.

potential, beginnings, spontaneity, openness, experimentation

Jim Morrison, of course