The Magician as The Make Believer
In the original version of the Tarot the Magician was a sleigh of hand artist, a practitioner of stage magic. So one psychological interpretation of this card could be to represent the power of the subconscious to play tricks on us, for example when we lack awareness. In my cards this trickster side of the subconscious would be played by the raccoon wearing a mask and disguised as a magician.
The journey in the Tarot (or psychological work) begins when the Fool meets the Magician. Not the stage magician, but a priest of sorts, who acts as an adviser and guide to the novice, the Fool (in my card, the fool is the bunny rabbit). The guide can be a therapist or it could represent the subconscious providing dreams, ideas, or fantasies. This would be another psychological interpretation for this card, as the stage where one uses imagination (the magic of the Cheshire cat) to express the inner world.
The Magician points his wand upward and finger downward to signify as above so below, the outer world reflecting the unconscious within. So the magician symbolizes the ability to act as a go-between between the spiritual world above and the human world below. The same can be seen in my card where the raccoon points his magic wand toward the sky while his tail hangs toward the ground.
The infinity sign on the Magician's head indicates the infinite possibilities of creation with the will. Likewise, anything can come out of a magician's top hat, as the one sitting above the raccoon's head. The raccoon wearing a mask could also point to the Persona, the face we show to the world (and possibly being identified with it).
The Magician’s robe is white, symbolizing purity, and his cloak is red, representing worldly experience and knowledge. My card was also intended to show a meeting of innocence and experience, and the same type of colors are at play. The raccoon and deer can be seen as red and the bunny and rabbit as white. But what my card shows is that for the fool the experience is an illusion and for the magician it's innocence that's an illusion.
It’s also interesting to note that red and white are the colors of alchemy and their coming together is a union of opposites, which is also illustrated by the infinity sign above the magician's head. In my card however that union is only foreseen through a decor, so it's not yet actualized.