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The Magician - Tarot Card Meanings

Key Symbolism 


inspiration, personal power, willpower, the execution of ideas, knowledge, self-belief, self-confidence, talents, vision, creation, control, energy, potential, experience, the achievement of goals by the use of one's powers, ideas, putting plans into action, manipulation.

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The Magician - Description and Symbolism


The Magician is depicted casting a spell, using his powers to create. Before him on the table are the four symbols of the Tarot Suits - the Cup, Sword, Wand and Pentacle. The Magician is making use of what is represented by them - his emotions, mind, drive and the physical matters. He is the master of these tools and not the other way around. Above his head there is a lemniscate. It is a symbol for the infinite nature of energy. The flowers surrounding the Magician symbolize the manifestation of his desires.

The Magician - General Meaning

The Magician has the number 1, which symbolizes new beginnings and potentials. He refers to our own powers and talents and their use, to manifest our dreams and goals.


The Magician can advise you to take action on a matter and to gain control over a situation. If you have been waiting for good things to just come to you without making an effort, now is the time to become active yourself. It is important to focus, to believe in yourself and to work on your goals.

The Magician - Love Meaning

In a love reading the Magician might refer to someone who wants to be in control of the relationship. In a negative sense, he can even represent a manipulator or a player. He can also symbolize a magical attraction you feel for someone. Maybe you have just met someone with a magnetic personality.

If the Magician represents a relationship, it can mean that it is challenging, but in a good way. It can be a relationship that makes you grow in every way and you can learn a lot from each other.

The Magician - As Feelings

If you ask how someone feels for you, the Magician can indicate that they are interested in you, since the Magician is interested in his surroundings. This person might also feel bold. So, if they are interested in you, they might approach you and try to impress you. Just be careful with this person, since the Magician can, in the worst case, represent a person that likes to manipulate and use others.

The Magician - As a Person


The Magician could represent someone who has high trust in their own abilities and talents and who will not think about something too long, but just put their passions into action. More negatively he can represent a manipulator.

The Magician - Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

Key Symbolism

manipulation, trickery, unused talents, inactivity, feeling uninspired, 

difficulties with the conversion of an idea, inhibition of action, self-doubt, lack of discipline

The Magician Reversed - General Meaning


If the Magician appears reversed, he can indicate deception and manipulation and might represent a person that influences and deceives others for their own benefit. It is best to look at surrounding cards for confirmation. 

When the Magician appears upright, he represents the use of one's own power and talents to bring ideas into existence and to be the master of our own life. When he appears reversed, it can indicate that something inside of us creates an obstacle. This could be a lack of inspiration, lack of discipline, or simply laziness. We also might doubt our own abilities and end up not even trying. 

The Magician Reversed - Love Meaning

In a love reading, the Magician Reversed can indicate deception. A situation might not be the way it seems. You might be tricked. Another meaning could be someone is using manipulation to get what they want. 

The Magician Reversed - As Feelings

As feelings, the Magician reversed can indicate that someone is feeling powerless. They might feel like a relationship is not easy to manifest. They might feel like there is no spark between you. 

© Illustrations from the Radiant Rider-Waite 2015 reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems Inc., Stanford, CT 06902. c. 2015 by U.S. Games Systems Inc. All rights reserved.

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