Poor In America (1936)
A mother in a family of nine holds one of her children as another child stands beside her. She is wearing a feed sack as a skirt. The family was photographed by Carl Mydans, a New Deal photographer, in 1936. He saw them living in a field next to U.S. 70 in Tennessee, near the Tennessee River.
Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)
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The Magician. Art by Bridgette Egan, from the Delta Enduring Tarot.
The magician stands at her kitchen stove, manifesting the magic of gumbo from the odds and ends in the refrigerator. She creates something from nothing. Her magic feeds her own strength. It warms the bellies of those she loves. She has mastered the skills and recipes of those that have come long before, and wields her power over the kitchen with confidence and grace. The four elements are present, and she commands them all. Her wisdom and talents extend far outside this small domain, but it is sitting at the table while she cooks that her devotees are privy to ask her personal sage advice. Upright, this card speaks to your own inner power, your skills, your ability to manifest your desires. You have the tools, and now is the time to use them. The Magician portends success and fulfillment in your endeavors, but such success will require your focus and ability to bring together everything you need to see your dreams realized. Don’t lose that drive and optimism!
Reversed: Even the best ingredients won’t cover up a burnt roux. Lose your focus for one minute, and that gumbo can turn on you. Reserved, this card suggests that your skills are not being put to their best uses, or that you are not living up to your true potential. Your mastery may not be utilized at all, or worse, may be working toward a negative goal. Beware of manipulation, untrustworthiness, and coercion.
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