The Magician Tarot Art Card Kicked My Butt
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 http://etsy.me/pny5Ak