Presence Of . . .
There is a cameo appearance theme of Major Arcana cards that appear throughout the Mystereum Tarot deck in multiple cards, both other Majors and in Minors to inform their story further so as not to minimize The Minors. This visual expression of the cards themselves journeying around The Land of Mystereum is at the heart of the very structure of Mystereum. We could call this opening up the epistemology of card divination, epistemology being philosophy of the study of how we know things. We could call the card cameo appearances a Tarot etymology that expresses snapshots of the origins of each card’s divination personality in their ongoing and living birth in your readings. Interestingly enough, we can also simply say, “Cards in Tarot in the Land of Mystereum inform one another.” Cards in the Land of Mystereum literally inform one another in the visual story of the cards where they appear. They don’t start doing this after you learn them. They start doing this after you meet them, and notice them, can pick their “face” out of a crown so to speak.
Have some fun opening up and exploring this cameo appearnace feature of Mystereum. It is there to assist you in working with your intuition, to further inform the Imagination Tools gifted by Mystereum’s 192-page Imagination Primer book. Pick a Major Arcana character in your Tarot in the Land of Mystereum deck. Then, one by one, go through your deck. See what full portions of the card and what out-takes or details appear in other cards. Once you have walked through your deck and pulled the hangouts of the card you have chosen, ask yourself, “How does this card contribute with its appearance in this other card? What clue to this card’s identity does the guest appearance accentuate, how does it flesh out the card’s story?
Presence Of The Magician, Tarot Presence of the Mystereum Magician
The Magician in The Land of Mystereum plays 2 visual storytelling parts, appears in 2 cards. There is The Magician card, and as well The Fool guest stars, makes a cameo appearance in The Page of Pentacles. It felt very natural for The Magician to appear in this way as a perennial thread of a card further alluding to a sense of place throughout cards in The Land of Mystereum. Why doesn’t The Magician appear more? Well, maybe he really does. Look at the tattoos on his arms. This Mystereum symbol dictionary reaches out and symbolically spices up the deck in many places. I will be elucidating the story of the appearance of each symbol individually in this Presence Of series. So, for today, I will simply express the Magician’s appearance in of course his own card and as well in The Page of Pentacles. Enjoy this additional dna thread of personality and identity structure that weaving through the fabric of The Land of Mystereum.
The Magician appearing
in The Magician card visually expresses the story of a living transformation in his own card. Is it that his head is bowed? Have his eyes expanded to resonate in the magical flight of watching in his raised eye-wings like a luna moth that actually sees with its method of flight? What about his touch? At the horizon between air and water, at the surface of the water, at his elbows his arms transform into underwater calves with feet. These feet are supported by the deep blue water of the earth below the surface. His magical eye-wings synchromesh with the sun above, and the sun is itself expresses the integrated inner opposites of antinomy. There is an eclipse that occurs in the sun, an eclipse that is The Sun card appearing with a wink. The Sun winks, and magically, there is an inner eclipse. The Wheel’s spokes as the rays of the sun? Most definitely. And, whoopsie, there’s another Tarot Birth Card Set of The Sun~The Wheel~The Magician present.
I’m glad I wasn’t aware of the concept of Tarot Birth Cards when I was divining Mystereum, and that still they naturally occurred for the most part in what I felt was yay or nay about images and compositions. We’ll have to see as I go through this Presence Of series. Similar to my not even ever hearing of the Hebrew character of samech until afterwards studying the Tree of Life, and go figure. Mystereum’s Temperance card has the visual O with a top-flourish of it. Gotta love archetypes.
The Magician appearing
in The Page of Pentacles card visually expresses the magic occuring in the expert skill in play of the Page of Pentacles, the expert skill in play of Marco Polo opening up his treasure hull into the Higher Court Or, The Magician simply appears above the Page of Pentacles’ own pentacle, appears as a team with The Hierodood and The Chariot shining as sun=rays above compositionally. Not an accident. Note that the Page’s pentacle becomes colorful in red and blue tattooing as it encounters his neck and shoulder. And, look at all that orange on the ground. And, what’s that dark blue thingee? The Magician may be soldly Page-messaging about the magic that occurs as the root (chakra) synchromeshes with the throat/voice (chakra). Kundalini rising and / or that awesome feeling when our own Page, standing with the sun at his feet, solidly lifts his head to resonate in our experiences? The stop in stopping to smell the roses may have to do with one’s feet, though it seems the irony is expressed by The Page of Pentacles here. Stop and smell the roses. With The Magician, The Hierophant, and The Chariot in your Page of Pentacles, you may feel solidly magical and down-to-earth-spirit on the move. What do YOU feel when you literally smell a rose?
Page of Pentacles Mag features:
- Magician’s water-legs solidify in the pentacle
- watering the playfully pensive Page’s concrete imagination with magic
- Magician appears on top left = 45 degrees into Quadrant II = 135 degrees; also = from the unconscious
- Magician flanks Hierophant in the middle above, also counterparts with The Chariot either side of The Hierophant
- water gives way for Chariot gold sun . . . is the brightness of The Hierophant’s still waters running deep
- Subtle Mag detail changes = form-giver for The Page of Pentacles
- The core of the Magician’s Fabric of One tattoo is white here rather than gold. It has emerged off of his arm to gift this Page his Pentacle
- the magical eye-wings fill with water
- flesh sky becomes lavendar, moonlit
- Mag head / heart is now flesh vs deep blue. Cf also magical eye-wings filling with water
- underwater puzzle-piece wing-tails of The Mag with the Chariot Sun
Best to your own alchemical team
supporting your Self filling the seats to cheer on your play! Consider these characters to already have season tickets to cheer on your strong play. There are no cheap-seats in your game of life. Play well. Play with the magical and solid strength of The Magician and Page of Pentacles. Play with the magical strength of YOU!
Check out previous Presence Of articles to discover more about the coordinated dynamism present to support and further inform your journey throughout The Land of Mystereum.
- The Presence Of The Priestess to see her guest starring cameos and further inform cards with her presence in The Land of Mystereum.
- The Presence Of The Fool to see The Fool guest starring in cameos that further inform The Land of Mystereum.
Thanks for visiting! Best to this “Presence Of” series more fully elucidating one of the naturally hidden structures that are alive and well in Tarot in the Land of Mystereum. Much like construction documents and specifications . . . suffice it to say that these cameo appearances are a lot like Consultant Coordination . . . strike that . . . they ARE Consultant Coordination of the family of players character to character throughout Mystereum. Huh. Who knew? ;-)
Enjoy a short video from The Sun . . .
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