Major Arcana – The Magician I

The Magician is the second of the 22 Major Arcana in the traditional Tarot deck, and signifies the incredible wealth of personal power that we hold within, even when it doesn’t feel that way.

In some ways its a curious thing, to have such an empowered, masterful card immediately follow the Fool. Weren’t we clueless and full of blind faith just a second ago? Maybe this card shows up so early as encouragement, something to hold onto as we embark on a journey into the unknown. A reminder that as we make our way through, at all times we have everything we need within to create whatever we want without. There is no obstacle too great!

The same wand that the Magician holds reappears through the deck. We see it in the Chariot (the seventh Major Arcana) and again in the Ten of Pentacles. I’ll write more about that when we get there.

*Let’s look into the message of the Magician.

Associated Zodiac Sign:

Gemini ♊

Numerology:

The number 1.

‘Me, myself and I/ That’s all I got in the end… I’m gon’ be my own best friend’. Although slightly pessimistic in this case, Beyoncé’s on to something here. The number one is about the self, action, confidence and determination. Setting goals that work for us, never mind anyone else.

Upright

There’s so much to say about this card in its upright position, but I suppose that’s true of them all. Whenever this comes out, it’s a great time to think about self-empowerment and to ask yourself which direction you’re heading in and how you’re going to get there, because you can get there.

In most decks, the Magician is depicted surrounded by signifiers of each of the Tarot suits: a cup, a sword, etc., showing that we have the passion, groundedness, intelligence and love to make something work. This card can also suggest that we have everything we need outside of ourselves to make something work too, such as money, connections, emotional support and actionable next steps.

The Magician points to the sky with one hand and to the ground with the other, reminding us that, ‘as above, so below’. If you can conceive of something in your mind, when the Magician appears, you can manifest it. If you hold a particular belief or assumption, you’re going to attract physical evidence of it (so invest in your thoughts wisely!).

The appearance of this card might also suggest that it’s time to transmute and release something, if you’re ready (the Magician thinks you are).

Reversed

This card in reverse reminds us that we’re powerful, which comes with a high degree of responsibility to ourselves and others. Just as we can manifest blessings into our lives, if we’re focused on, or taking action towards, let’s say, lower-vibrational things, we’re going to manifest those too. So double check, are you on a path that you’re happy with? How are your words and actions, or lack of, affecting others?

This card in reverse can also warn that someone around is a trickster, wanting you to believe that they’re more powerful than they are; think of the Magician you watch in a theatre who pretends to saw their assistant in half. This person could be all about pretence.

*As with all Tarot cards there are numerous meanings and interpretations, both universal and individual. It’s also useful to keep in mind that meanings of individual cards can be illuminated best when read in the wider context of a full spread (unless doing something like a one-card reading).


Do you have any additional interpretations of the Fool card? Please do share below!

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