Tarot Tuesday is a weekly feature in which Kelly talks about how tarot cards can be useful for artists and crafters. You can find a list of decks she has in this post if you’d like to request that a certain one be used to show the art in that deck.
Artists, crafters, anyone who has ever said, “I’m going to learn how to do this thing!” and then gone out and done the thing… we are all Magicians. I know, I know! I just told you a couple of weeks ago that we’re all Fools. This is the next chapter in that story, in which the Fool is determined to make something of themself!
The card in the picture above is from The Robin Wood Tarot (affiliate link) and I love how The Magician is depicted. A lot of the more traditional decks have this guy standing in front of a table full of stuff, wand raised high above his head in a clenched fist, lemniscate floating over his head… and I’m just asking myself, “Is he going to hit the table? Does he even know that thing is floating over his head?” I love the balance of things in the Robin Wood illustration, as well as the look of confidence and determination on The Magician’s face.
The Magician is very much about creative energy! I didn’t include him in the Crafty Robin Wood Cards because I was focusing on cards that immediately bring handcrafting to mind when you look at them. He may not look like a knitter, stitcher, or woodworker, but The Magician has a lot to teach us about craftwork. I invite you to let The Magician be your crafting inspiration this week.
This card encourages us to go ahead and get started! Trust that you have the skills and tools you need. So often, I’m afraid of how something will turn out when I try it for the first time. I can read about it, watch videos, even get someone else to show me how they do it, and I’m still scared until I see it comes out okay.
Just between you and me (and everybody else who is reading), I get really uncomfortable when people tell me how talented I am. I know they mean it as a compliment, but “talent” refers to a natural aptitude for things. Part of me feels like they wouldn’t think I was so talented if they saw how hard I had to work to get an adequate result, much less a really good result. (I’m not alone in this. Stories say Michelangelo burned many practice sketches and drawings because people attributed his skill as an artist to a divine gift. If they saw the practice, they’d know it was a skill he worked for. It would be mundane.) Another part of me thinks of how many times I’ve heard people say, “I wish I could do that, but…” As we’ve talked about before, different people have different talents and ability levels, and that is a feature in the species, not a flaw. Not everyone will be able to do everything, I don’t care how many happy fortune cookie clichés your friends who didn’t have trouble learning a skill throw at you. Still, it seems many people give up too easily when their early creative attempts don’t match the work of someone who has been doing it for years. Talent is just a starting point. It takes investing time and energy into developing skill to get really good.
The Magician is card number one. He comes immediately after card zero – The Fool – in a story that takes twenty-two cards to tell. He is not the be-all and end-all of creative journeys. The truth is, he’s just got a little bit of skill. What he really has is confidence and passion! He’s ready to take his knowledge, tools, and little bit of skill and start doing something with them.
If you’ve never done something before, there’s a good chance your results will be crap. Learn from your crap. Where did it go wrong, and what can be changed? If it didn’t really “go wrong”, it just didn’t turn out right, maybe you just need to become more familiar and comfortable with doing it. Get your inner Magician to help you.
“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” — Steven Furtick