The Magician

The Magician

The Magician tarot card is the first card of the Major Arcana. It is ruled by the planet Mercury and the element Air. Mercury is the planet of intellect and communication and The Magician knows how to use his intelligence and tap into his inner abilities to make sense of his life himself. He can put his ideas and talents to good use and manifest the outcome. While The Fool took the leap of faith, The Magician uses his strong will and intuition to manipulate and succeed in his endeavours.

Air helps in communicating and The Magician uses his mind by aligning with the element of air.


The Magician Tarot represents human intelligence, worldly wisdom, need to control and manipulate the forces that operate in this world, power, resourcefulness, fresh starts and new beginnings, trusting and using your intuition.


In the Rider Waite deck, The Magician Tarot has a lot of yellow, red and white colours in the card. Yellow colour is all about emotions, red is about power and strength while white represents spirituality. The card shows a male standing before an altar with one hand raised, holding a wand and the other hand pointing downward. The first thing one notices about the figure is the symbol of infinity just above his head. Interestingly, all the four suits in a tarot deck are placed before him on the altar. He is standing in a bed of flowers, the greenery represents the earth while the red roses and white lilies represent love and intellect.


The Magician wants you to believe in yourself….that you have the power to create magic in your life….that you can manifest anything. He is like a conjuror who asks you what thought you would like to be planted in your mind so that you can decide on a course of action and focus your attention in manifesting what you want. The fact that the four suits, earth, water, air and fire, are in his control, and the symbol of infinity is on his head, it denotes that he has infinite possibilities of creating anything with his will.

The Magician Tarot card meaning changes when the card comes reversed. Doors of opportunity may be closed for you. The power that you think you have may be just an illusion. You may be using that to deceive people for your selfish gain. You may even be using the power to make reckless decisions that would lead to your eventual downfall.

In a business reading

When The Magician comes up in a business reading, it is a great time to begin any new project because at this time you will be able to realise your potential by harnessing your willpower and the energy of the universe. You will suddenly notice that the right opportunities are appearing before you. It is now upto you to keep your eyes open to them. Do not allow someone else to have power over you and instead take control of your life.

For those who are being offered a new job, do take it up as this is a very favourable time to step into a new situation/environment.

In relationships

If you are already in a relationship, the appearance of The Magician can mean controlling, manipulating or playing power games with your loved one. If there are negative cards around it, it suggests you need to stop taking advantage of a situation.

But when The Magician comes up in new love, you can manifest a relationship that you want by tapping into your ‘magic’.

In Health

In a health reading when The Magician comes up, it advices you to relax. Too much overthinking, speculating and multitasking may be causing mental stress. It encourages the querent to implement whatever he already knows to effect a recovery.

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