Ella Jo began giving Tarot readings in her late twenties. When she travelled to India she read Tarot on the beaches of Goa and over the years she took her cards with her as she explored Europe.
After three years of counseling training she visited Bengal in India to research the Origins Of Tarot, which was published in Femspec Magazine in 2007. Her books are derived from her research and field notes and have been written as an aid for those who read Tarot.
In the first issue of the series, Tarot Decoded, she brings to life the image of The Magician Tarot card. The Magician signifies the creator of the Tarot and the Reader themselves and therefore must also include an explanation of the structure of Tarot. She takes the reader from the basic meanings of the card to an investigation of our States of Being, on the way giving a view of the structure of the Minor Arcana (the small cards).
The Magician is numbered One of the Tarot’s Major Arcana. These cards make up twenty two of the ‘trump’ cards in Tarot. Major Arcana cards correspond to archetypal characters. Karl Jung, the psychologist, used the word ‘archetype’ to explain an experience that every person has in common with another, for instance everyone has parents, a belief, a place in society etc. Each card of the Major Arcana corresponds to an archetypal character and so every person can relate to it at some level.
Archetypally, the Magician’s role is to show that all human beings possess an inner structure based on the four elements, which make us who we are. The Magician gives us the tools to work on our inner landscape, enabling us to improve.
All of Ella Jo’s tarot books examine the cards relationships to mythological figures, and how their characters are reflected in ourselves.
As The Magician is related to the intellectual side of our being this book covers ways to investigate this.
The Magician can be viewed as an introductory card to learning Tarot. However, Tarot is a vast subject and will not make sense all at once. As the reader learns more about the subject, the pieces will begin to fit.