The Magician Tarot Art Card Kicked My Butt


The Magician is the third and the most  challenging of the tarot cards I’ve painted, but also the most rewarding.

I decided my Magician would not have physical objects but the actual elements instead: the earth (pentacles) beneath his feet with fire (wands), water (cups) and the wind (swords) surrounding him.

I think even I was surprised at how much planning needs to be done before I could even touch a paintbrush.  Finding the right creature for this card was tough. I went through literally dozens of animals before deciding that the coyote was the one for me. The coyote is often used to represent the trickster in mythology, but the Magician card is not just about sleight of hand; I also wanted an animal that was powerful, fearless and intuitive. After going through so many animals, I went back to one of the first I had on my list all along.. things always seem to work out that way!

The Magician tarot is available as a 5×7 print in my shop at

About Jo @ Rainbow of Crazy

My username came from that very random day several years ago when I was told that I was a "walking rainbow of crazy... twinkling with the spectrum of a thousand different colours." That name makes me smile to this day and will always remain with me!

Posted on July 13, 2011, in Artwork and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great artwork! Stopping by from the WordPress Team!

  2. LOVE this! This is one of my favorites of yours. Also, I love The Magician card. That coyote looks like s/he’s having so much fun creating magic. Very powerful.

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