The Magician Tarot Card Meanings

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The Magician (Reversed)

Ideas: Diffidence, self-doubt, shortcuts

Traits: Adaptable, flexible, hesitant, indecisive, lazy, leisurely, patient

Emotions: Embarrassment, frustration, insecurity, nervousness

  • Actions:
    • Building your self-confidence
    • Changing your plan or direction
    • Delaying an activity
    • Gathering the right set of tools
    • Giving an idea some time to develop
    • Making an effort with limited tools
The Magician (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Activity, capability, empowerment, utilization

Traits: Active, charismatic, confident, creative, determined, focused, practical, resourceful

Emotions: Eagerness, enjoyment, enthusiasm, optimism

  • Actions:
    • Becoming a channel of divine will
    • Being yourself in every way
    • Expressing masculine energy in constructive ways
    • Investing the time and effort needed to master your craft
    • Receiving guidance from a higher power
    • Taking appropriate action
    • Turning an idea into a product with all resources
The Magician (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Illusions, imposition, misuse

Traits: Aggressive, arrogant, conceited, egocentric, opinionated, pompous, pushy

Emotions: Annoyance, envy, irritation, jealousy, pride

  • Actions:
    • Abusing talents
    • Boasting your abilities or accomplishments
    • Imposing thoughts on others
    • Inflating your own ego
    • Manipulating or deceiving others
    • Misusing power for own benefit
    • Using cheap illusions to dazzle others

The Magician’s Advice

Personal Growth

Asserting yourself can be an important step towards wholeness. When your work or life experience has given you special insights or talents, shrug off self-doubt and apply them fearlessly. Act confidently, and feelings of confidence will follow.


A relationship should empower you. Does yours generate positive change in your life? Do you feel happier and more fulfilled? A relationship that supports your goals is to be valued; a relationship that doesn’t must be changed or cast aside.


Exercise whatever authority you have. With the right resources, you’ll succeed. But not everyone who appears empowered really is. With an eye towards growth, seek allies who focus on steak, not sizzle. Be a mentor … or find one. Deploy tools and resources against well-defined goals.


If others were to see you and your life as an expression of the Divine, what would their impression of the Divine be? How can you improve that perception? How can you better dedicate yourself to being a channel for positive energy in the world?

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