Expansion. A decision between two has fostered a new endeavor, a new idea or a new frontier to be conquered. Threes are associated with creative energy, a surge of new things, the dynamism of a triangle. From the balance of two was born a new concept, idea, renewed strength.
Seen with the trump, Le bateleur, the single sword becomes a wand. Applied to the dexterity, astuteness and capacity of the magician, the wand in turn becomes a powerful tool for creation. The deadlyness of the sword becomes an instrument of magic, a doer of things, creator, willpower. Swords and Wands are both active suits so this is absurdly active in its transformation from the third sword to the single wand. The magician holds it with precision, confidently. He knows how to apply his will to action. He knows how to manipulate things, the things before him, to his advantage. A perfect leader.
Inversely, the single wand becomes a third sword. This reads to me like a preparation for application. In other words, the magician’s will is applied to conquer new frontiers. Becomes strength and authority. The table before the magician can be translated as the two swords surrounding the single uplifted sword. This equates to conquering action. No more playing with trinkets on a table, the situation calls for movement , for overpowering strength. The two occupied hands, one with a wand and a small nugget on the other,become concentrated into a single endeavor.
* Deck used: Camoin-jodorowsky Marseille