The Magician as The Explainer
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, like the Cheshire cat.
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. 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. Similarly, in my card the duality of the Cheshire cat exist also below in the form of the chess board.
The infinity sign on the Magician's head indicates the infinite possibilities of creation with the will. Likewise, the raccoon wearing glasses and grown up rabbit are aware of the chess board and the infinite ways they can move on 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 can be seen as red and the rabbit as white.
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 that union is facilitated by the chess board and Cheshire cat.
This card works in tandem with The Mystifier, which I associate with The Moon in the Tarot.