The Magician (I) Tarot Card

The Magician (I) Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading and Understanding The Magician Tarot Card

After the Fool, comes the Magician Tarot card. The Magician represents the first step towards conscious awareness. He indicates that we are the masters of our own lives and always have the ability to create the life we choose. His appearance in a tarot reading reminds you that your relationship to the Universe can help you manifest your dreams, goals and desires.

The Magician is associated to the number one. In this case, the number one represents individuality, uniqueness and innovation. One is a number of action, thus, the Magician is a card that encourages us to pursue any opportunity that comes our way. He reminds us that, at our core, we have the power to influence the world around us. He is the card of manifestation.  The Magician encourages us to become aware of the tools and skills we have been given. When he appears in a tarot reading, know that you have the skills to change or shift any situation that currently challenges you.

Symbolically, the Magician depicts the connection between man and the divine. He represents the conscious link between the world of heaven and the world of man.  He has the ability to use the four elements (pentacles, wands, swords and cups) to manifest his goals. He has all the tools he needs and has the ability to produce the life he desires. He is the master of the physical plane and through his relationship with his higher-power; he can co-create his reality under divine influence.

The Magician is a master at self-promotion. He can sell any idea, concept or scheme. His appearance often indicates the need to put your self out there. Take a chance and step out of your comfort zone. You have all the skills and tools you need to succeed. Most of all, the Magician is adaptable and versatile. He can transform into any person he needs to be in order to accomplish his undertakings or manifest his goals. His is the ultimate symbol of self-confidence and prompts you to find the confidence you need by trusting in yourself and the universe.

Unfortunately, the Magician’s power to transform the world around him can be misused. The tarot card meanings of the Magician can also represent dominion, manipulation and even trickery. He can serve as a warning that there too much emphasis on controlling outcomes situations or people.

Upright Magician Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading
In a Tarot reading, The Magician in an upright position signifies a time to focus and use the skills you have already mastered. Everything you need is within you, and you do not need to look outside of yourself for added talents. This is a great time to initiate new projects, and new opportunities should be explored. Should you embark upon them, it will be successful, particularly with financial prospects. This is also a good time to market yourself, and your skills will be recognized. In a Tarot reading, the Magician advises you to be observant. You must be willing to experiment and, most importantly, remain adaptable.

• Focusing your energy
• Adaptability
• Creativity
• Mastery of one’s skills
• Self-confidence
• Marketing yourself

Reversed Magician Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading
In a Tarot reading, The Magician in the reversed position signifies a lack of focus and that you are not utilizing your skills and talents to meet your objectives. While you may still have all the skills that are necessary, your lack of self-confidence is blocking your progress. Someone may be impeding your ambitions through the use of deception or you may be too focused on controlling a situation. This would not be a good time to give up a secure job for a new opportunity. In terms of relationship issues, The Magician reversed may indicate that the relationship is focused on one person’s needs, leaving their partner or love interest feeling disappointed.

• Lack of Self-confidence or over-confidence
• Pretending to more than you know
• Lack of focus
• Trickery or deception
• Selfishness



For more about The Magician, see also the tarot symbolism and love tarot sections.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used for example purposes only with his permission.


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