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The Magician

Tarot Card Meaning

  • Upright Keywords:

    Manifestation, Skill, Creativity, Resourcefulness, Power, Focus, Initiative

  • Reversed Keywords:

    Manipulation, Underutilized Talent, Lack of Direction, Deception, Wasted Potential. Distraction, Poor Planning


The Magician tarot card represents manifestation, skill, and the power to turn visions into reality; it’s the symbol of creative potential and resourcefulness. However, when reversed, it can also be a warning of manipulation and wasted potential.

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What Does The Magician Tarot Card Mean?

As you can see, The Magician tarot card depicts a person with the four suits of the tarot—wands, cups, swords, and pentacles. Its primary meaning is creation and manifestation; the person in the image is skillful and capable of great things. As you can find out from a guided tarot reading with an expert reader, most likely, it’s you, so don’t doubt your abilities.

The Magician suggests that you have everything you need to succeed. All you need to do is take action. No matter what obstacles come your way, you will be able to overcome them with enough focus and determination. Believe in yourself, and don’t let anything stop you on your way toward your big dreams.

The Magician Upright Tarot Card Meaning

The upright position of this card represents creative and skillful individuals; it also indicates personal strength. If you are the one having a tarot reading, and you draw The Magician, it means that the deck encourages you to take initiative and act with confidence. You have the ability, creativity, and determination to achieve everything you want in life. Just make sure you never doubt yourself and don’t let small troubles bring you down.

The Magician Tarot Card Meaning: Love & Relationships

If you are in love with or have a strong interest in someone, you have to show it. Try to break the monotony of your life and express yourself in a creative way. The Magician is trying to communicate to you that there is nothing for you to be afraid of. Most likely, confessing your feelings or otherwise taking the first step will end well. Use your charm and communication skills (which you have more than enough of) to get what—or who—you want.

The Magician Meaning: Money & Career

New job opportunities will be coming your way. You will take on new projects, and you will need high self-esteem and positive energy to complete them successfully. If you are already employed, this card indicates that you will either get promoted or be assigned new tasks because of your great problem-solving skills. Your God-given talent and skills will help you start a new business or grow your existing business.

It looks like you have no problem making money; however, you have questionable spending habits. You are a hard worker, not afraid of doing side gigs. You just need to learn how to manage your finances. This card is not a sign of financial danger. It is a sign for you to work on your spending habits.

Upright Meaning: Past

When it comes to questions related to your past, The Magician in an upright position represents a time when you effectively used your skills and resources to achieve your goals. If you doubt your abilities to achieve what’s currently on your mind, go back to that time and let yourself be proud of what you’ve done back then. As long as you believe in yourself, you will succeed once again.

The Magician Reversed Tarot Card Meaning

The meaning of The Magician in a reversed position is less positive. It might mean that you are wasting your talent and lack direction in life. To achieve everything you need, you will need to reevaluate your choices and think of a better strategy. Also, the reversed Magician might stand for deception and manipulation. Beware of new people around you. People you are doing business with may be lying to you.

The Magician Tarot Card Meaning: Love & Relationships

If you have a partner, this card in a reversed position indicates that you will start experiencing some issues in your relationship. A recent discussion or a thoughtless act by one of you might have caused uncertainty in your relationship. Your partner thinks that you are a bit selfish and full of yourself. Unless you address it, the uncertainty will ruin your relationship. Try to think about how your partner feels rather than being concerned only about yourself.

This card may also be a sign of a person who frequently changes partners without thinking of what is going to happen tomorrow. If that sounds like an accurate description of your romantic life, think again whether or not partner hopping is indeed what you want to keep doing.

The Magician Meaning: Money & Career

The meaning of the reversed Magician in matters related to career and money isn’t very encouraging, either. It might signify bad news or obstacles on a new business project or poor performance at work. The deck thinks that you are having trouble analyzing your behavior and recognizing your mistakes and failures. Some serious self-exploration and subsequent changes are long overdue.

Reversed Meaning: Past

Suppose you draw the reversed Magician when asking the cards about your past. In that case, the deck is likely trying to remind you of a situation when you misused your abilities and wasted your potential because of the lack of direction. Think of that situation again and analyze what you did wrong so that you can move forward and avoid failing like that again.

Is The Magician a Yes or No Card?

Upright Magician Meaning: Yes or No

The Magician in the upright position as a response to a yes or no question is a yes. The deck wants you to know that the time is right for action and that you have the resources and abilities needed to achieve a positive outcome. You basically have a green light.

Reversed Magician Meaning: Yes or No

When reversed, The Magician is a no. The cards are saying that there’s something wrong with your current approach, and you need to rethink it if you want to succeed. Make sure to reassess the situation thoroughly and realign your intentions. If you’re thinking of using deception in any way (which is one of the meanings of the reversed Magician), don’t. It’s not worth it, and it will get you in trouble.

Reading The Magician in a Spread

What cards are next to the one you’re analyzing in a tarot spread always matters. So, let’s explore some of the popular combinations with The Magician:

The High Priestess. When drawn together, The Magician and the High Priestess represent the perfect balance of action and intuition. Whatever it is you are planning, it will be successful. All you need to do is rely on your knowledge and follow your gut.

The Wheel of Fortune. If you draw The Magician together with The Wheel of Fortune, it means that you are entering an exceptionally productive phase of creation and opportunity. Don’t let it go to waste!

The Emperor. The combination of The Magician and The Emperor represents the ability to turn ideas into reality through structure and discipline. You can achieve everything you want, but only if you are willing to put in the work (and do so consistently).

The Fool. The Magician and The Fool symbolize the beginning of a new journey with great potential. Don’t be afraid to try something new, but make sure to use your skills and knowledge.

The Star. The combination of The Magician and The Star is a very good sign. Whatever it is you are currently trying to do, it aligns with your higher purpose and the universe’s guidance. You’re on the right track!

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