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Tarot 101: The Magician

Updated on April 11, 2016

General Meanings

When the Magician is upright, it represents power, skill, concentration, action, and resourcefulness

When this card is reversed, the meaning shifts to manipulation, poor planning, and latent talents.

The Magician represents eternity and purity based on the infinity symbol over his head and his white robe.

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Aspects

  • Influenced by the planet Mercury
  • The number one on the card is the number of new beginnings
  • The main element of the Magician is Air
  • This card is the in between of humanity and the spiritual world

Upright Meaning

The Magician appears during one's life when they are in possession of creative energy. This creative energy can be applied to many tasks and activities that require attention and much energy.

A situation will arise where the reader will be presented all the parts needed to achieve their desires at the time. This card offers a large sense of optimism that gives the reader a boost towards the attitude of "get up and go".

The Magician is the card for manifesting goals and being a good omen for the main wish at that point in time. This tarot card is a signal to act upon these signs and offers now and to act with a sense of awareness when pursuing the goal. Also, this is a card of deep concentration and focusing on committing oneself to a specific task.

Reversed Meaning

The Magician can also be a card for greed and deceit when reversed or drawn upside down.

This is a sign for the reader to acknowledge the talent they harness that is either not being used to it's full potential or is being used for negative activities. In addition to meaning latent talents, trickery and untrustworthiness are common interpretations for the reversed Magician.

A reversed Magician is a sign of being out of touch with one's reality and owning many skills but not using them to their full potential; leaving the reader feeling unfulfilled in life.

After interpreting this reversed Tarot card, keep a wide eye open for new opportunities or spiritual aspects that might appear later on in life.

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