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Renaissance Tarot
The Magician

The Magician, like his companion deity Hermes (Mercury), wears a winged hat and holds a snake entwined staff. The crane was scared to Hermes and also the Egyptian god Thoth, inventor of language and scribe to the gods. The flock pattern of migrating cranes inspired Hermesto invent the first Greek letter, alpha. The Magician stands behind a three-legged table on which rests several basic forms symbolizing the world of matter: a cube, a sphere, a pyramid and a polyhedron with twelve faces. As the personage after the instinctual impulse of The Fool and before the spiritual sublimity and intellectual mastery of the succeeding cards, The Magician flies between the inspiration of Dionysus and the expression of Apollo.

The Renaissance Tarot is a modern deck, with symbolism drawn from the heroic age and rendered in renaissance style. This deck is an excellent choice for exploring questions of passion, mastery, and the inner workings of human reason. If you would like your own copy of the Renaissance Tarot, you can buy it now!