The Magician Tarot Card

The Magician calls you back to your innate power. Are you listening? Are you willing? Are you paying attention?

Photo by Fiona Sommer.

Keywords of The Magician

Upright Reversed

Drive Cunning

Ambition Trickery

Controlled power Deception

of will Illusion

Desire Wasted or dormant

Resourcefulness skills and talents

Manifestation Manipulation

Heightened Out of Touch

concentration Gaslighting

Creative ability Low willpower

or skill Failure to take chances

Creation or pursuance Missed opportunity

of new opportunities



Ruling element: Air

Ruling planet: Mercury

General Message of The Magician

The Magician is a tarot card that is filled with symbolism and mystery, and just dripping in magic. Even in this atypical tarot deck, you can see the obvious symbols associated with protection, magic, and spirituality marked upon the palm of the hand. It's no coincidence that many believe that one of the primary ways that forces of the Universe and beyond are able to enter into our bodies is by flowing through the hands.

The term "magician", in and of itself, is used to describe an individual who is able to act as a go-between our physical world and the world above, or the spiritual world, at large. This is further solidified in the above imagery by the presence of the pentacle, which represents to belief of all-in-one: "as above, so below; the presence of the North, South, East, and West; and the joining of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit."

The pentacle is also representative of the Suit of Pentacles in The Tarot. If you look upon the card, you'll notice that other markings symbolize the Suit of Cups, the Suit of Swords, and the Suit of Wands - either through direct symbolism or images that represent the element of each of the aforementioned suits.

In essence, The Magician and all its imagery symbolize a person who is rightfully in their power, or who is about to step into it. When reversed, this could represent someone who is being drawn to come into their power, or who is being warned to turn away from the disillusionment and fear of what lies within when coming into power.

Message of The Magician When Upright

The Magician when upright symbolizes the power within oneself to make things happen, or more simply put - willpower. The Magician activates the power of the elements and the suits to transform The Fool from a card of mere potential to one of power and desire. In addition to signifying transformation, power, and magic, he represents the union and the balance of heaven and earth, as demonstrated by his creed of "as above, so below".

Ultimately, the presence of The Magician comes to remind of us our own innate power, and the reality that everything we need already dwells within us. This being the case, The Magician is also a card that urges us to focus on creating an inner world of balance, harmony, power, and strength, so that our outer world will be a direct reflection of what we have created on the inside.

"In all things, never forget that the power lies within you to write your own story, forge your own path, and create your own destiny."

Whether you are facing obstacles in a new job, a new relationship, a new business idea, or something else entirely - if you see The Magician show up in your reading, it may be in your best interest to take this for the sign that it is and start tapping into your power. This is the wakeup call you need, to get up out of your slumber, and start making forward traction today!

In all things, never forget that the power lies within you to write your own story, forge your own path, and create your own destiny.

Love & Relationship Message

of The Magician

When Upright

If The Magician has made it's almighty and mystical appearance in your love reading, it may be time for you to take the reigns and make your own magic. Whether in love, or in any other area, one must always remember that the power of manifestation lies in one's words and thoughts. Therefore, whatever you desire to draw to you, you should meditate on daily.

After meditating on your perfect love, don't just sit back - instead put some of that creativity, desire, and willpower to use by coming up with ideas in creating the love that you dream of. The suggested method still applies whether you already have a lover in your life or are looking to draw someone brand new into your life.

Look at your love life through the lens of excitement and desire , while staying intentional to refrain from utilizing illusion or trickery in your methods of securing the love you most desire.

Career & Finance Message

of The Magician

When Upright

Just as in love, and nearly every other area of life, the appearance of The Magician in a money or career reading suggests that the time of sitting back and waiting is over, and the time to act and rely on your own power has come. Likewise, if you have already been living in your power, you could be moving into a season of relishing in the blessings that you manifested into your life.

If you haven't already secured a new and exciting job, be on the lookout for new and even better offers to come your way. If it has been in your mind to startup a new business, don't delay! The time to act is now!

Have you been debating investing your money somewhere? Today looks like a good day to invest the money that could leave you with a sizeable nest egg on a rainy day.

As The Magician is all about willpower, action, and forward motion, it's presence indicates either a season of enjoying your rewards, or a time to start making your dreams a reality.

If you are willing to work hard enough, anything you desire can be yours.

Message of The Macigian When Reversed

The Magivian when reversed can come as a warning, and urging, or merely an indicator. While The Magician when upright signifies power, skill, and determination, The Magician when reversed represents the trickery and illusion that so many use to gain that power.

If The Magician in reverse has revealed itself to you in a reading, it may be time to reflect on happenings in your inner circle.

Is there a close friend or a family member who is pulling the wool over your eyes to get what they want? Perhaps they are attempting to present a certain situation or a particular individual in a questionable light? Don't forget that some of the greatest tricks are pulled off by smoke and mirrors, which are easily accessed by us all.

"All that glitters is not gold."

If The Magician isn't calling out someone close to you, there's a possibility that it's presence is to encourage you to look within, at what your own intentions may be. What drives you? What motivates you? More importantly, what are you willing to do to gain that which you desire?

Most of us have a hesitancy to self-reflect on such a deep level, so consider yet another alternative. If you can find no red-flag behavior within yourself or those who are close to you, The Magician may very well be showing up to warn you of the temptations that your recently obtained power could bring. If this is the case, give thanks for the warning, and keep one eye inward for any ill motives that arise in you, and one eye outward for any schemes that may be headed you way.

All that glitters is not gold. There may be a Fool hiding beneath that golden laquer.

Love & Relationship Message

of The Magician

When Reversed

Is your partner the one using smoke and mirrors in the relationship? Are they everything that they seem to be, or are they just putting on a show? Is there an outside party who is painting you in a less than stellar light, while painting themselves as the Supreme Being? These are valid questions to address if The Magician in reverse shows up in a love reading. His presence, again, suggests that some type of trickery or scheming is at play.

Alternatively, The Magician when reversed in love readings could be highlighting the insecurities you have in love that stem from a place of being unwilling or unable to manifest the type of loving relationships you want. If this is the case, The Magician is here to remind you that the power lies within you. If you think you can't find anyone to commit to, if you think your partner is cheating on you, if you think you aren't good enough for the relationship - you are drawing these very things to you.

But if you think that you're all that and a bag of chips, if you think that you're worth so much more than diamonds, and if you think that you are worth the type of love that rom-coms are made of - then you are drawing the very best of things to yourself in love.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, the power lies in your hands.

Career & Finance Message

of The Magician

When Reversed

Are things not quite what you hoped for in the work world? If you are facing obstacles, The Magician in reverse may be hinting that you have skills you aren't utilizing and that it's time to put your best foot forward. This same memo could be the case if you find yourself in a job where you are stifled and feel like you can't put your skills and talents to work. If you have found yourself in such a position, The Magician when reversed is here to remind you that it is never too late to pursue a career that better suits your talents and creativity.

It's also worth noting that The Magician could be pointing to untrustworthy coworkers. When working with any suspicious coworkers, it may be best to guard your energy and anything that could potentially be twisted by scheming coworkers.

Perhaps work is fine, but your finances aren't exactly where you wanted them to be. If so, this card could be appearing to urge you to take things in a different direction, invest a bit more of your drive and ambition, or spend more time focusing on a side gig that allows you to work with your strengths.

Do you love your job in advising, but hate that you're missing out on creating beautiful artwork? Then it's time to be the master painter of the landscape of your life. Choose to set aside the time to invest in what you love. You may end up shocked by how lucrative it can be to utilize your skillset and chase after your dreams.

Fiona Sommer originally got her start in freelance writing by ghostwriting blogs, ads, reviews, and how-to guides for pennies. A few years later, she found a platform on Medium to share her own voice, and share she did. She created not just one, not just two, but four radically failed blogs. After spending a lifetime of being buried beneath the bullshit, she finally stopped resisting the universe and chose to grow through the bullshit, instead. This resulted in her accepting the calling on her life to create a transparent space for the collective community to come together, and grow together. Thus The Growth Getter was born. Fiona is a firm believer that if she can find a way to grow through the bullshit, rather than allowing it to keep her buried, that there's absolutely no reason that the rest of her community can't join her on the mission of growing through it. She hopes you agree and will partner with her in choosing growth through all things, no matter the challenge.

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