The Magician

The Magician Tarot Card

The Magician Tarot Card Meaning

The first numeric card in the tarot deck is the Magician card. In the story of the Tarot, the Magician is the progressed form of the Fool after having gathered all the knowledge and wisdom of the road. Now in this aspect, the Magician knows that he is in charge of his reality.

You are moving in a positive direction so do not hesitate. The keyword for the Magician is ‘I will,’ expressing that the sheer force of his will makes him capable of doing literally anything he puts his mind to. If the Magician is blessing your reading, then now is the time for you to manifest all of the dreams that you have ever wanted and make them into a reality by focusing on what they are and then connecting to your image of God who will help make them come to fruition.

The Magician says, ‘Yes, you will.’ The image of the Magician in the card shows a woman who is standing in front of the powerful altar and the star behind her represents the tools in all directions. She wields power over all of the forces of nature. If you draw this card then you are harnessing all of that power for your own life. Use it wisely.

The Magician is a card that encourages you to begin practicing deep levels of intrinsic desire-focused meditations. Connect to the image in your mind or spirit of your higher self or higher source energy and this connection will bring you a higher perspective that will transform your desires into truth. The phrase, ‘Give it to God,’ is an excellent focal point for a person influenced by the Magician’s energy because through your direct communication with God, you become capable of letting go of ‘how’ you are going to get something done and just relish in the knowledge that it WILL be. When you are presented with a decision that you feel that you absolutely cannot or do not know how to act on, do not waste your time in considering your possibilities. This is a card of action. Rather than wallowing, allow yourself to meditate on the manifestation rather than wondering how it will come to fruition.

In addition to encouraging deep meditation, the Magician also orders that you learn to focus and concentrate. The world is a very distracting place. One might ponder how it is that we get anything done. But when you have the help of the Magician you will know that it is time for you to practice the art that is the focus because you will feel drawn to the process. Meditation is a skill acquired over time and with effort. The Magician tells you that it is time to make this effort for this effort will allow you to flourish in all aspects of your life. When you are feeling caught up in this monotony that is our everyday life sometimes, turn this work into play and keep in mind that every step that you take is one that you create. If we are the ones that create our experiences then why would we ever choose a negative one? This is a question that you should ponder if this card has come up in your reading.Here is a poem I have written about my tarot card above -- listen to the words to gain greater meaning for your reading.

The Magician In Love

The idea of love or the acquisition thereof is one of the most sought-after experiences in the span of a person’s life. This pursuit of love is right up there with wanting to be a millionaire. We think about it a lot. But much like money, when it comes to love many of us has a poverty mindset. We are of the opinion that we are as worthy of great expanses of money as we are a satisfying, beautiful, romantic and electric love, and that is none at all. The fantasy of ineptitude in either of these situations is just that, a fantasy.

The Magician in love says that you are not only worthy of love, but that you must be an active participant. If you want a partner, then you have to set goals for the type of person that you want and then you have to become that person. Otherwise, why would someone so fantastic be attracted to you if you do not believe you are worthy? If you have even one thought that says that you are not worthy of love, then you must first focus on that love of self to have what you want. If love is desire, which it most assuredly is, then in this the Magician has full control of love, for he is in full control of his will and his desire. Put yourself into the place of this powerful beacon of self-worth, and know that you will get what you think about. To read more about the magician in love readings please click here

The Magician As Feelings

The magician knows exactly what to say to make things happen. It is for this reason that "as feelings" are often portrayed as a fast-talker who is capable of manipulating credible people. You may have a supernatural level of confidence if someone views you as a magician. They see you as classy, glamorous, and possess everything they like. Her gaze is fixed on the valley of flowers in my tarot card above. Nothing can shake her, or turn her head since she sees everything and is stable, established in her career and life. This person sees you as a stable lover. This relationship seems to bounce back and forth between different points just like the star behind her. It's great when a magician performs for an audience, displaying their wit and charm, but maybe displaying exclusive feelings for you. This card is positive if you pull it as a sign of someone's feelings for you as it indicates the person is attracted to you based on your many adhering qualities. I have written more detail on the Magician as feelings just click here

The Magician Love Reconciliation

The magician in regards to getting back together is normally a yes. This card is about listening to your honest answer of if you want to?, of course, all the tricks are in the bag -- and the straightforward answer is seen in the card and that is that you need to forgive yourself for landing in this relationship. Notice the points of the star above her head in my card, they align therefore, even though you have had distance from this weird tease of a relationship there is everything this magician has to make it work.

If in your reading you are wondering if someone will reconcile with you then this card shows you have been pushing for the truth. Romantic dream bubbles only last for so long. The magician is charming but you need to ask yourself: "who is manipulating?" is it you? Is it them? Pulling this card simply says that it is important to not stay in a fantasy world, that you need to engage in the dance of life and create the magic. As long as you feel good with the magician lover you can create a strong vision for the future, and keep that intoxicating lustly and probablly stressful relationship going. I do think that when this card appears in a reading it is important to make sure that you do not slide into an obsessive or boundary-pushing state especially if this card lands near the fool card. 

The Magician in Health

When the Magician card appears in a reading regarding health then it must be assumed that there is a lack of fire that has become noticeable in the person that is requesting assistance. A lack of fire in the body means a lack of desire, the potential for depression and an overall lack of momentum. In this, the Magician seeks to provide hope for the person encouraging them to take control of their circumstances and to find small ways to become active in the pursuit of overall body and emotional health. The Magician says that you can have whatever you want, and so it is important for you to focus on the good health that you desire and only on that. If you are suffering from a mental illness, then training the mind to process in this way will greatly improve your life experience. The same goes with any other physical ailment; you must choose to harness the power of the Magician and only allow thoughts of healing and progress into your mind.

The Magician in Money, Business, Career and Wealth

The Magician appears in a reading about Work and Wealth to tell you that this is the peak time for you to choose your direction and that you have full control. If you are pondering an investment, then see that endeavor working out in your mind’s eye and it will. Pursue the drive that the Magician encourages and act on opportunities that arise. When the Universe presents you with something amazing that you have been asking for, allow it to happen and act on it rather than react. When the Magician is transiting around you, you must take the action necessary to create your world.

The Magician As Action/Advice

Magicians are usually described in Tarot books as action masters. It indicates that you may just do whatever you wish, as the tools for manifestation are there. The Magician as an action can indicate an exchange of ideas, but also how important it is to look to the future, it shows that feelings might be communicated within a partnership if you have been waiting for commitments.

The power of manifesting what we want in life can be seen in the magic, it is a card that creates whatever one desires. By focusing on an outcome, visualizing it, and making it happen, magicians use their own personal power to get what they want. This principle applies to all areas of life get what we believe in and focus on. It is possible to achieve anything if we learn to trust our abilities, focus on positive outcomes, picture our desired results, and act with certainty. In order to take a leap of faith seen in the fool card previously, you need confidence and courage and that is where the magician steps in. Magicians remind us of this every time they perform an astounding trick, almost anything is possible if we believe it and take action. The possibilities are endless.

The Magician As Yes Or No

The Magician card is about manifesting -- therefore a “Yes” card. To me, this card represents desire and she holds the tools to create positive energy. If you are asking a Yes or No question the upright shows as a yes, and generally the reversed is a “no” as reversed the magician is associated with illusionary success. When carrying out Yes or No spreads remember that faith, trust, and determination can help us create a magical journey through life. By learning from Magicians, I am a true believer that you can manifest what you want, that is not to say that "everything" coming your way will work out, life is not that simple. Trusting the process and believing in ourselves is the right path to take. If the Magician cases that spell, our dreams can become a reality! For more information on the magician's meaning of a "Yes Or No" reading please click here

The Magician As A Person

There's something mysterious about the Magician as a person in a reading. Some would describe as being a smoothie, an engaging soul. I would describe the outer appearance as being polished, she glitters and is stunning --- just like the lady dancing on my tarot card above.

When it comes to saying the right thing, they are always on point? If you are asking about you as a person and the magician appears --- it shows you are impossibly attractive, well-spoken, assertive, and highly intelligent. It is your ability to make things work, despite all obstacles. Because you won't accept anything else, this person creates that magic in life. This person is like making a meal from a near empty fridge --- they create the impossible.

The Magician As Friendship/Family

When it comes to friendships or family relations the magician is about making it through the difficult times, it could indicate that a new person will arrive in the family or friendship circle. In my view, tarot spreads can feature the magician as an image of friendship, a strong connection, and a meaningful relationship. If you are asking about existing friendships or relationships, it hints at the possibility of development and the possibility of beginning something new. For me, in terms of friendships this represents strengthening the bond between people, it could also be suggested that one should take responsibility for their actions and be honest in order to maintain the friendship. There is no doubt that the magician is a reminder that in order for friendship to blossom and grow, both effort and intention are needed despite conflicts in the past.

The Magician In the Past Position

In the past position, the Magician means: there is no limit to what we YOU can achieve in life — and you have probablly taken the first step towards creating it. Think about the fool's tarot journey, the Magician is the first archetype she meets --- showing that we have all the tools at our disposal, but if we think we don’t have the tools we cannot pull the rabbit out of the hat. 

The Fool has all the tools ready for the tarot journey ahead. In the past position, this can mean you've held "ideas" on how to create a total drive to make something happen. When magicians perform incredible tricks, they remind us that the key to achieving our goals is to plan and pay attention to the details. There is a power of thought if the magician appears in the past position and doors are opened to the possibilities that can open up in the future. 

The Magician In The Present Position

The mysterious magician has an insatiable appetite for success. Whenever the lady on my card wants something --- she uses magical tricks to get it. When it comes to taking risks or outsmarting opponents, magicians always rely on magic tricks. In your life, who is the Magician? Are you the Magician?

In the present position, manifesting something is likely to happen if you believe that you can make it happen if you pull the Magician next to death, star or tower then trust in yourself, focus on what YOU want, and take action with courage, faith, and conviction.

My grandmother always told me that to be a Magician, you must be able to translate your vision into reality. It is impossible to limit what people with “magic” can create. Our power can be harnessed if we learn how to use it. Having a burning desire to succeed and trusting ourselves are all we need. Deliberately venturing outside your comfort zone, you may decide to take on the risk. Only you will know what that is.

The Magician As Future Or Outcome Position

This card as an outcome indicates that you have the potential to be a success in many areas of your life. The Magician has the power to focus and the willpower to turn anything into a profitable venture. He invokes power, making sure that you take charge of your own destiny. As the Magician is connected to Mercury in astrology he holds communication at the core of what he does. The Magician in a relationship outcome represents balance in the relationship, above all, it is what you make it. In regards to work, the outcome of laying down the Magician in the future position can indicate that hard work is needed in order to succeed. In the older tarot cards, the Magician was a street performer, and this denotes that he needs incredible skill to carry out the tricks and sleight of hand. He is not just a Magician without years of study and focus, he manifests the power and the desire to move forward with success.

Magician Tarot Card Reversed

The Magician Reversed

When the Magician appears in the reversed position in a reading there is a level of indecision that is making you feel stuck. The solution to this is to make a decision for yourself to pull you out of your stagnant state. The reversed position points out that there is a possibility that you are using your skills in an unhealthy way that could be having a negative influence on those around you, as well as making a note that you are not building your creative muscles and are ‘living by default.’ The Universe abhors a vacuum, if you are not intending your day every single day, then the Universe is going to fill the blanks in for you. Take this moment to remember that you have full control and that the more you practice visualizing your day from start to finish including all that you want to happen, the more in control you will be and the happier and more fulfilled will be your life experience. Make sure your objectives are clear and this will lead you in the direction you have created for yourself.

The Magus, or in some decks, the Magician, is the representation of Mercury and a highly charged card in its own right. In the reversed position, this card still calls the querent to heed the advice of others and is highly influenced on the other cards around it in the reading. Chances are when it appears in this way in a reading that there is a sense of doubt in the air, with the lack of direction or feelings of inadequacy. You want to pay special attention to the surrounding cards to be able to tell whether this doubt is warranted. Indicative of indecisiveness, chances are when you see the Magus reversed there is something missing, whether it is knowledge, a clearly defined goal or the tools needed to complete a task. Some keywords associated with the Magus reversed are: Unskilled, Lack of Qualifications, Poor Timing, Lying to Oneself, Lies / Liar, Miscommunications, Poor Timing, Procrastination, Bragging, Deception

Love and Romance - Magician Reversed

In love and romance, the Magus reversed can indicate a number of things regarding the relationship. In a reading about these topics that results in this card showing reversed it indicates half-truths or mild lies at best and outright deception or trickery at the worst.

If you are concerned about a partner not being completely truthful, chances are that these feelings are correct. If there are additional warning cards in the reading, the querent need to be careful about allowing someone to get too close to them. It heeds the warning of caution. Question everything. Dig deeper. Anxieties and insecurities are likely founded.

Family and Home - Magician Reversed

In the reversed position the Magus shows a lack of direction for household stability or overall family happiness. If the querent is the head of household, they should be mindful of the fact that their house is not in order and focus on what they can do to get projects or goals completed around the house. You likely need to center your focus back to stability, making sure that budgets and life goals are in order. The family needs to come together and no one person should be in charge of household direction. Consider a family meeting or delegating household responsibilities so everyone within the home is on the same page. If you are not telling your family something, the truth will come out. Take action to control this by informing those around you of the difficulties that are being faced in the home or about household finances.

Work and Finances - Magician Reversed

Normally a positive in a reading, The Magus is a friend of business and encourages communication. However, when reversed, it can indicate a lack of communication, resisting sound advice, or being led astray by others who are not qualified to be in charge. Be careful about anyone trying to offer you something at this time, whether it is friendly on-the-job advice or a get-rich-quick scheme. Now is the time to question the direction that is being given by others and to rely on your own truths. You are likely being led astray, but you need to check with surrounding cards to see whether this is intentional. It could be someone is out to get you or to make you look bad. It also could simply be that the other person is misinformed. It is up to you to do the right thing.

Health and Wellness - Magician Reversed

If you’re dealing with a health issue, chances are that you need to see a medical professional. The Magus reversed indicates a lack of knowledge. You may want to consult multiple professionals in order to get a second opinion. This card is also indicative of bad habits (such as smoking, drinking or eating unhealthy foods) are coming back to haunt a person. If you haven’t been taking care of your health, you need to start now. Without changes, sickness or an unhealthy period is in store for the future. Take swift action for corrective changes.

Personal Spirituality - Magician Reversed

The Magus reversed indicates a disconnect with spirituality, as a person wanders aimlessly through life without a solid divine ground. If you have been feeling restless as of late, experiencing bad luck, or even nightmares that seem to be real, these are all manifestations of the lack of control of one’s spirituality. Now is the time to seek out personal techniques for spiritual healing. Meditation, prayer, and independent study are needed at this time.

The Magician In Flight by Flo Saul

Magician of tarot, dancing at night
Her long brown hair makes the pentagram bright
Bracelets glittering, diamonds for a crown
Violet dress with hair so brown.
As she moves her pose in a graceful spin
We are mesmerized by her love within
The pentagram star that floats above
Manifests her strength with a mystical love
We feel captivated by her elegance and skill
The touch of a wand - dreams come true at will
Take a moment to admire the Magician's might
As we bask in the radiance of mystical light.

Upright Keywords Of The Magician

  • Strong person
  • Talent
  • Capability
  • Resources
  • Transformation and being creative
  • Feeling confident

Reversed Keywords of The Magician

  • Lack of energy
  • Blocking communication
  • Confusing
  • Intentions
  • Manipulation of others

By Flo Saul
Jul 9, 2012