The Magician

The Magician

The Basic Meaning of the Card (Rider-Waite)

The Magician, also known as The Magus, is the second card in the Major Arcana and carries the number 1. It represents power, skill, and willpower. In the Rider-Waite deck, The Magician is depicted as a person standing in front of a table with four symbols representing the four elements: a wand (fire), a chalice (water), a sword (air) and a pentacle (earth). Above his head floats an infinity symbol, which symbolizes eternal wisdom and power.

Upright Meaning

When The Magician is drawn in an upright position it indicates that you have the power and ability to achieve your goals. It encourages you to use your creativity, willpower, and talents to manifest your desires and realize your dreams. The Magician can also represent communication and negotiation, suggesting that you can use your ability to influence and persuade others.

Reversed Meaning

When The Magician is drawn in a reversed position it indicates that you may be misusing your power or manipulating others to reach your goals. It can also indicate that you are experiencing doubt, lack of self-confidence, or that you are not using your talents and resources effectively.

Example Interpretation

If you are doing a tarot reading about your relationships and draw The Magician as your central card, surrounded by Two of Cups and The Star, it could indicate that you have the power to create harmony and happiness in your relationships by using your communication skills and understanding. Two of Cups represents love and partnership, while The Star symbolizes hope and inspiration. In this context, the interpretation could mean that you should open up for communication and share your feelings in order to strengthen the bond between you and your partner.


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