The Magician

The Magician Tarot Card Meaning

Kerry Ward

The Magician shows that you are ready, willing, and now able (like never before) to recognise, understand and create genuine magic, from deep within. You are setting out on a new chapter of manifestation and creation. You are unique, you know this now. You have gifts to nurture, fulfil and share. The journey starts here, and who knows where it could lead.

You may be starting to notice coincidences, synchronicities, omens, signs, messages, visions, and prophecies in your daily life. You are awakening to the power you already naturally possess and it’s an awesome and inspiring process. You start to realise… you can do almost anything! Well, you can’t be ANYTHING you wish but you CAN be EVERYTHING you already are, and that’s plenty to be going on with. You have everything you need already within yourself, you just need to dig.

The Magician is an invitation to manifest your true destiny, find your niche in the world, create something authentically ~you~ based on your talent, skill, and strength. It’s an invitation to amplify, hone, refine, and build upon your skill set. Use what you’re good at, enjoy doing, and flow naturally with. Go back to your childhood self and notice what activities you loved doing, and were good at. Ask for feedback from people you know you well. Zoom in on what you love doing and, simply, do more of it in an even bigger, bolder, brighter way. Why not? Why ignore your own unique gifts?

The Magician is magical, enchanting, charismatic, powerful, and confident. This truly represents you coming into your own true self and feeling totally empowered and liberated. You know who you are, what you can do, what you’re capable of, and you’re ready to make it ALL happen.

The Magician often represents creative, solo operators, and entrepreneurs. People who are manifesting and creating their own way of making a living, in tune with their talent. It’s a great way to live your life! We can all only hope we come into our own with The Magician at some point in our lives.

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Reversed meaning: So, The Magician does have a shadow side. One defined by illusion, manipulation, trickery, and even outright deceit. If the intentions are not wholesome or positive, then The Magician’s power can be bent to a more shady and greedy or self-serving end. It’s an abuse of power. It’s not going to end well as many tricksters end up digging the pit for their own downfall. Don’t be this type of Magician!

Astrological significance: Ruled by Mercury, The Magician is the tarot’s inventive creator. He is focused on manifesting new creations (even if they are the sum or remix of existing elements, after all, there’s nothing much entirely new under the sun). The Magician, like it’s Mercury-ruled signs Gemini and Virgo, loves travel, business, communication, information and stimulus. It takes a lot of mental fodder to feed a hungry Magician and provide the necessary input to fuel and initiate all of those cunning and clever schemes, ideas, plans and creations.

Mercury is linked, via mythology, to Hermes from Greek legends and sometimes Loki from the Norse gods pantheon. Both are quick-silver, slick, fast, and smart operators, tasked with serving the other (more arrogant and removed) gods. Hermes and Loki are also tricksters and do occasionally lean into the shadow side of The Magician’s nature- manipulating and conning people into their schemes.

Mercury is an inner planet, meaning it’s closer to Earth than the outer planets, and therefore its transits are shorter. Mercurial energy tends to move fast and this pace translates to The Magician. Don’t overthink, dwell, procrastinate, or linger. Keep things moving. Keeping learning, adapting and moving on. Mercury rules over travel, and travel is a great educator, inventor, and mind-broadener.

Mercury rules over Gemini and Virgo which indicates end of May through end of June and end of August through end of September.
Several times a year, Mercury goes retrograde (meaning its orbital speed makes it look as those it’s spinning backwards from our vantage point on Earth). This event reverses Mercury’s influence and create gremlins and setbacks in and around technology, travel, communication, and business.

Numerological significance: The number 1 represents entrepreneurs, pioneers, leaders, and inventors. In Numerology, 1 is a powerful number of new beginnings, fresh starts, and taking control of your own destiny and future. People embroiled with the energy of 1 are likely to be leading the way, striking out on a unique and different course of action, and controlling the influences over their life.

Key actions:

  • Travel, broaden your horizons, visit new venues or areas. See more of the world.
  • Upgrade your technology, get a new gadget, use different software, try a gizmo.
  • Seek knowledge and enlightenment and new ideas. Think out of the box.
  • Create a business, a side line, a commercial venture, an entrepreneurial offer.
  • Reinvent your childhood hobbies, games, favourite themes or topics. Return to what you naturally loved doing and see what can be rekindled in adult life.
  • Spend time in nature noticing natural miracles, omens, signs, and beauty. See the wonders of creation all around you.
  • Ask for feedback about your unique gifts, strengths, and talents from as many people as you know as possible. Audit your power.
  • Diversify your stimulus and inputs- listen to new podcasts or radio stations, watch a fresh documentary, read up on a topic that’s unknown to you, go to the library.
  • Create a vision board for your ideal lifestyle, career, and achievements. What do you want to DO with your precious time here on Earth?
  • Get a tarot reading, visit a psychic, consult an oracle. Look into your future.


Yes / no meaning: This card implies a positive YES. The Magician is a master of his own fate and saying YES typically opens up new doors and opportunities which you can use to re-invent more of the same. Keep it moving, keep seeking new options.