Magician Tarot Card Meaning

magician tarot card meaning
1 – The Magician:

Keywords: Force of will, raw power, creative energy, existence, being capable, tapping into your personal power, awareness

The Magician holds one hand toward the heavens and the other pointed down to the earth. I have heard it said that this is a reference to the phrase “As above, so below”, or even “On earth, as it is in Heaven”. Whether or not these familiar phrases were intentionally being made part of his energy or not, one thing is clear. The Magician knows how to tap into the energies around him and make things happen. Before him are the symbols of each suit… Pentacles, Cups, Swords, Wands. To me, this says he has everything he needs to take action and bring his dreams to fruition. He is equipped. He has what it takes. The Magician is capable of intensely focusing his will on what he wishes to learn or attain. This makes him extremely powerful. He literally can do anything he sets his mind to. The Magician is assigned the numeral 1… from the empty slate of the Fool, the Magician represents the coming into being of something. What was previously only an idea can become reality.

The Magician card #1

Planet – Mercury

Upright

New Opportunities, Will Power, Creative Intelligence, Success will be Achieved through Applying Willpower, Ability to Translate ideas into Action, Many Tricks Up the Sleeve, Creativity, Concentration, Not Afraid to Act, It is Time to initiate Action and Carry Out Plans, Potential, Many Talents, Manipulating Situations, Being Totally Committed, Inventiveness, Ability to Manipulate your Surroundings., A Crafty Person, Setting Aside Distractions, Focusing Energy, Emotional Mastery, Choice & Action, Individuality, Confidence, Self-Control, Psychic Ability, Skill, Originality.

Reversed

Sometimes Learning Difficulties, Acting Without Thought, Trickery, Giving Up Easily, Use of One’s Skills for Destructive Ends, No Imagination, Concentrating on Negative Goals, Mental Disease, Lack of Determination, Unable to Get Anything to Go Right, Blocked Creativity, Poor Self Image, Hesitation, Willpower Applied to Evil End, Deception, Lack of Skill, Clumsy, Lack of Inspiration, Inefficiency, Insecurity, Lacking in Self-Confidence, Being Indecisive-Confusion.

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insightful

The Magician:

Symbols…red roses, white lilies, cup, wand, sword, pentacle, white wand, red and white robe, serpent devouring it’s tail, sideways figure 8.

Scenery…a young man in red and white robes stands before a table. On the table are a cup, a sword, a wand, and a pentacle. He is surrounded by an arbour of red roses and white lilies. In his right hand he holds a wand up to the sky, his left hand is pointing to the ground below. Around his waist is a belt of a serpent eating it’s own tail and above his head is symbol of eternity.

I see The Magician as a force of will, the confidence and the ability to create something. The Magician has the ability to accomplish great things and he will, no matter what. The ‘trick’ is knowing when to use this force, sometimes force is not the best course of action. I also don’t think he really cares what the outcome is, only that he can use his will. He is an active force.

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insightful

I think the Magician indicates a new beginning or chance. You are being given the tools to develop your skills or potential. It is up to you how you use them. However I still feel that there is something uncomfortable about this card – maybe that would refer to its reverse meaning ?

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insightful

I agree with most things that’s been said so far, and I don’t want to re-iterate again. However, I also see balance (perhaps the outstretched arms). This card makes me think anything is possible, because you have all the worldly elements present. The “yellowness” of the card reminds me of optimism, when making decisions or choices.

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insightful

I have always thought of the Magician as positive up to now. It’s just the more I looked for symbols in the card the more I began to think is it really what you see is what you get. I got a few decks out and looked at the Magicians. then I began to wonder is he showing you possibilities or just being a “magician” and trying to deceive, sort of sleight of hand thing?

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    insightful

    Its genuinely a good positive card so your assessment previously is correct. I think in this case you were looking more at the cards with a preconceived notion to look for more ominous characteristics.

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insightful

I think all the cards have positive and negative aspects is them. To me the Magician can be creative, confident and forceful, the thing is, what is he creating?

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insightful

The Magician card represents for me “transmutation”. The ability to take all of the symbols and through the process of alchemy, transform one into the other. Each element is represented via the presence of the pentacle, cup, sword and wand. The raising of one hand toward the sky and lowering of the other toward the earth represents not only balance, but the movement from one state (form) to the other. Again, the process of alchemy. There is a continuum..(the raising of the hand and the lowering of the hand). The recognition that one becomes the other. A shift in perspective changes “lofty” into its very opposite.

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insightful

the letters stand for Boaz and Jachin. It seems these were on the pillars of the Temple of Solomon from the bible. These symbols are also important in Freemasonry, of which Waite was involved in.

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Brianna Stoker

The Magician has the ability to turn ideas into action. He represents planning, organizing, manipulating. Skill, cleverness, inventiveness. He represents taking action. Initiating an action. Carrying out a plan. He represents solutions to problems. He can unravel a complex situation. When he appears in a reading he indicates that the querent needs to think things through. Organize his thoughts. He needs to develop a strategy in order to avoid drifting aimlessly. The querent needs to pull the various strands of his life together and take control. as if taking tight hold of the reins of a horse. He represents clarity of thought. Someone who knows what he wants and has a clear idea of how he will achieve his desires. He represents order, control, direction.

The reversed card suggests inability to find solutions to problems. Being disorganized, chaotic, untidy, mentally and physically. Lacking ideas, inventiveness. Inability to get started on a project. Not able to think things through. Foggy thoughts. Unclear thinking. Letting go of the reins. Allowing life, or others to run roughshod over you. Losing control of you life. Chaos and disorder. Lacking direction. Confused, badly organized. Incompetent.

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