Wheel of Fortune / Magician
Postures — pointing / spinning (sequential vs. cyclic – equally active)
Mercury (Magician) — adaptable, lucky in the moment, clever, manipulative, quick
Will vs. Destiny
The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune share the qualities of balance and universality. They both know there is value and power in everything, that anything can be made or can become important at any moment.
The Magician uses skill and intention to manipulate everything. The Wheel revels in every experience and accepts everything.
The Magician awakens and enlivens whatever he pays attention to. The Wheel is excited by whatever happens to it.
The Magician, human in form and scale, stands in one place and brings great things to pass with small gestures. The Wheel, galactic in size and shape, spins endlessly and experiences the smallest details of every unfolding drama.
The Magician makes things appear and disappear like rabbits out of a hat. With focused awareness and skill, he opens up possibilities and closes them. Graceful, eloquent and logical, he charms the willing and persuades the unwilling. Armed with unbending intent, he approaches obstacles with serene confidence and faith in his powers. His motto is "I will," and he discounts the possibility of failure. The job of The Magician is to make intention into reality, no matter how unlikely or improbable, and in the process, to amaze all who watch him do it.
The Wheel is restless, driven to move ceaselessly from place to place, from drama to drama. At once actor and audience, it is simultaneously involved and detached. At the mercy of what it cannot foresee or prevent, it alternates between exhilaration and lassitude, high spirits and depression, good and bad fortune. Aware of the patterns and repetitions that link seemingly random events, it is unimpressed by them and is capable of patience. The motto of The Wheel is "Wheeee!" The job of The Wheel is to enjoy, both the intensity of the unpredictable moment and the serenity of grand and dependable cycles.
Unintegrated and imperfectly realized, The Magician can be willful and petty. A controlling perfectionist, he can demand the impossible from himself and others. Given to self-deceit and out-and-out lies, he pretends to powers he does not possess in order to enhance his image and instill unwarranted confidence in others.
The Wheel can be fatalistic and melodramatic. Helpless in the face of events, it feels alternately victimized by circumstance and unaccountably lucky. It accepts what happens as destiny, fate or fortune. It experiences everything that happens to it as intensely important, but with no sense of control, it seeks reassurance from seers and oracles, and believes what they say. When things are going well, it hopes that they will continue. When things go badly, it waits for them to get better. The Wheel lives on hopes and fears, guides itself by past experience, and never stops moving.
Together, The Wheel and The Magician are exciting and intense, always interesting and full of surprises. Between them, they make things happen and constantly extend the range of the possible. They keep the world from getting stale.
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