The Magician, Dr. Stephen Strange, is the magus and is the first of the Tarot deck, and represents the alchemical element and principal of Mercury. Also the card represents Will, Wisdom and the Word through which the world was created. The cup is inscribed with the two snakes are the protection of caduceus of Mercury. The sunburst positioned on the top border affirms Mercurys role as herald of the Sun. The Magician is wearing a belt with the Ape of Thoth inscribed on it. Because falsehood and misunderstanding are inherent in all speech and writing, it is the cosmic duty of the Ape of Thoth to constantly mock the work of the Magician and distort his words. The traditional weapons of the Magus are the wand, cup, sword, and disk. With the wand createth He. With the cup reserveth He. With the Dagger destroyeth He. Wth the Coin redeemed He. These are the weapons the Magus joyfully juggles in midair along with three additional symbols; the pentacle, scroll, and winged egg. The scroll is a tool and instrument of the scribe. The winged egg represents the preexistent zero, which like the Magus himself is the source of all positive manifestation.
The cherubs on the bottom, one girl and one boy, symbolizes the duality of the sex and they act as his herald as they play their harp. The lilies on the bottom symbolizes purity.
The magician sits upon a throne like stairs, each engraved with the four elements in nature symbolizing his mastery of all. Lucky bastard.
The sky, and moon and sun behind the pentacle is his ability to tap into the cosmic energy. The borders around him is the Celtic knot of the tree of life as well as the tree of knowledge.
The eye of Horus engraved on the coin/disc grants him the ability to regenerate.
In this role sits Stephen Strange, better known as Dr. Strange, once a surgeon saving lives of those professing his medical genius, he has turned to a greater responsibility to our world, and those worlds who would dare cross over into our realm for their greedy benefits or sometimes just to show us we are not all that. And here, the magus keeps his eternal watch.
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