The Magician Tarot Card Meaning

UPRIGHT: Skill, will-power, manifestation, The art of communication

REVERSED: Trickery, deception, craftiness, manipulation

  • Name of the Card: The Magician
  • Number: 1
  • Other Names: The Magus, The Juggler, Le Bateleur,Il Bagatto or Il Bagatello
  • Element: Air
  • Kabbalistic Letter: Beth
  • Meaning of the Kabbalistic Letter: House
  • Planet: Mercury
  • Yes/No key interpretations: Yes
  • Animals: Swallow, Ibis, Ape
  • Stone: Opal, Agate

The Magician is numbered 1 in Major Arcana cards. One is the number of new starts and new beginnings.

The magician uses all the methods and all the tools to reach his goals. The temptation to misuse the talents is great and that reaches its highest level when the card is in a reversed position.

All of us are a magician within ourselves and all of us can create our own reality. We just have to use our tools in the right manner to manifest the ideas.

The Magician Tarot Card Meaning

The Imagery and Symbolism of the Magician Tarot Card

The meanings of ‘Le Bateleur’ is the bearer of the wand. The magician has a wand in his hand that is pointing upwards, which can mean that he cannot fulfill his tasks without constantly remaining in touch with the universe. The yellow color of the card shows warmth and joy. The infinity sign above his head shows unlimited potential. The red roses show his emotions and passion and white lilies show the truth of purpose. His red close shows his energy and vitality and the white shows the spirituality within a person.

He has all the elements from the four suits of minor arcana on his table. The coin represents possession, resources, physicality, and finances, the wand represents the will, passion, inspiration, and that spark, the sword represents intellect and logic and the cup represents emotions, relationships, and sexuality.

Astrology and the Magician

Mercury rules the magician card in tarot. Mercury is the planet of the mind, communication, writing, reason, intellect, and rationality. Mercury is comparable to the Greek god Herme. He was the god of speed, communication, salesmen, tricksters, and thieves.

The Magician and Kabbalah

In Kabbalah Magician’s path is called ‘Beth’. This is the path that connects Kether ‘the crown’ with Binah ‘Understanding’. Beth means house. It is the house for the Spirit that is descending towards the world of manifestation. The magician is the first vibration that begins the process of manifestation. In easier words, he is the bridge between the spirit world and humanity.

 The inner white Robe of magician represents the Kether and the outer red represents Binah.

The Magician as a Person

To me magician is a person who is a charmer, who is communicative, who has the right tools of passion, emotion, thought and worldly resources to add up to his charms.

The Magician Card Meaning in General Reading

If you get this card in a general reading it means that you have all the right tools and resources to manifest an idea. It is time to move ahead and change your idea into reality. You need to take that initiative to start building the things, start the new project, use your willpower, and take that inspired action.

The Magician Tarot Card in a Daily reading

You have amazing tools and capabilities that you can share with other people. It is important to find the best use of your tools. You should take a closer look at the creative forces within you. You are full of power and energy. Creative and academic pursuits may be offered to you today. You have more powers and options than you think. The things you do not count are maybe some strong tools that you possess. Create your own reality with your abilities.

The Magician Tarot Card in a Love Reading

The magician is a positive card in a love reading. It shows a charming and communicative partner who knows how to treat you well. If you get it for yourself in a love reading then it means that you need to work on your charms and use your gifts to the fullest to nurture the relationship.

The Magician Tarot Card in a Career Reading

The Magician in career readings means that you have so many skills that you can utilize for your benefit. It is a positive card. You should be clear with your motive and intent, eliminate distractions and commit to your purpose. Your career problems can be solved and you can discover new money-making opportunities.

The Magician Tarot Card Meaning in a Health Reading

It is a positive card in health reading. It means that you have more than one way to cure the problem. You just have to use the right method. You need to see a health professional and take some action to cure yourself.

The Magician Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

Upside down, the magician’s tool will fall off the table so you cannot have access to your full potential. It shows that you need to explore your talents. The magician’s wand will point down when the card is in a reversed position and that will show improper use of the power. It also shows a conman, a man using his powers and authority in a negative way. It can show a situation that is not developing in the way that it should be.

If the magician card appears reversed in a love reading, it can represent a deceitful person, a trickster, someone who is not presenting his or her real self.

In health reading, it might suggest that you do not have access to the right way of treatment and you need to look for the right procedure and right course of action to follow.

In a career reading, it may show that you still do not have access to your full potential. You still have to explore all the talents that you may have and bring those to surface.

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2 Comments on The Magician Tarot Card Meaning

  1. This was amazing. I wish I had this when I started but I’m happy we have this now. Well done. ASÈ

  2. “In short The Magus represents the step from dependence (passivity) to self-awareness (action). All the outside forces which try to shape us into their image or make us dependent and comfortable bury the inner or true will under layers of confusion and disorientation.”
    Great Quote from Ina Auderieth

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