The Magician Tarot Meanings – upright and reversed – Major Arcana

1 – The Magician Tarot Card Meanings – Upright


Magician tarot card meanin upright and reversed

After starting the journey with the Fool, the tarot card the Magician indicates manifesting. The Magician shows on the tarot cards the process of dreaming, creating idea’s, taking action and manifesting them in a way people around him don’t understand HOW it happend or maybe not even know WHAT exactly happend. The Magician has knowledge and understanding of the conscious mind and the subconscious mind which he applies to manifest. So the Magician isn’t like the queen of wands who gets the things she want because of the sake of wanting it by using her willpower. The Magician is aware of what happens subconsciously and isn’t using ego to manifest because he knows that won’t last long. Since the Magician is in contact with above and below, he manifest his subconscious dreams and ideas in physical forms and occuring events. He can create anything because he masters all elements (water, fire, air and earth). He is skilled, self-confident and takes action that resonates with how things should be in advice of his higher self. It isn’t about willpower which is also, but ONLY connected with the element fire. The Magician manifest on a higher vibration and makes use of all elements that lay on the table in front of him which are connected to the suit pentacles, the suit of cups, the suit of swords and the suit of wands. He manifests with his heart and soul.

In every day life the Magician can symbolize in a reading a clever person who is good at finding solutions. The Magician is a clever communicator, gets his ideas across very well which touches peoples feelings and leads to action. He doesn’t manifest to impress people: the Magician is an inspirator. The Magician is someone that leaves his environment flabbergasted while he walks away like nothing spectacular happend. The Magicians motivation is that everything is possible. In a (love) relationship he is very confident and does not only knows what to do but does it on the right moment at the right place. Together with the Tower the Magician creates intense and spectacular events you won’t ever forget.

When the Magician appears for feelings, it means that this person has decisive feelings which will lead to actions that will bring results and solutions. When there are problems this person has the feeling and believes those issues can get solved and there is a chance they will, depending on the context of the reading and the situation. It could be that this person is the one who feels the need to makes long lasting changes happen when the Death card appears nearby in the reading. What he or she want to happen depents on the surrounding cards in the reading. Feeling the need to take responsability is part of why the Magician does what he does.

  • manifesting
  • a skilled and creative person who is good in finding solutions and making this happen
  • clear communication which leads to action
  • making new ideas visible and/or physical
  • decisiveness
  • creating desires and making it physical
  • conscious creation
  • manifesting with heart, mind and soul
  • self-confidence
  • concentrating at fulfilling a task

1 – The Magician Tarot Card Meanings – Reversed


Reversed the Magician is still skilled but does not use his power in the right way. When the Magician appears reversed, it is best to get back to reality and get clear for yourself what is going on and what your goals are. Make a plan, especially when the Emperor reversed shows up close by, and use the power of the Magician upright instead of reversed.

Stay focused and don’t get misguided and get your self-confidence back. Use your power in a positive way.

In the worst case the Magician reversed can be a cheater, someone who is looking only at his best interest. He uses his power to convince you that his point of view is the right one.

  • manipulation
  • not able to manifest
  • untrustworthiness and trickery
  • ground yourself
  • make a planning and set your goals
  • get back to reality

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All Major Arcana Tarot Cards

0 – The Fool 1 – The Magician 2 – The High Priestess 3 – The Empress 4 – The Emperor 5 – The Hierophant 6 – The Lovers 7 – The Chariot 8 – Strength 9 – The Hermit 10 – The Wheel of Fortune 11 – Justice 12 – The Hanged Man 13 – Death 14 – Temperance 15 – The Devil 16 – The Tower 17 – The Star 18 – The Moon 19 – The Sun 20 – Judgment 21 – The World

All Minor Arcana Tarot Cards

Suit of Wands:

Ace of Wands 2 of Wands 3 of Wands  4 of Wands 5 of Wands 6 of Wands  7 of Wands  8 of wands 9 of Wands 10 of Wands Page of Wands Queen of Wands Knight of Wands King of Wands

Suit of Cups:

Ace of Cups 2 of Cups 3 of Cups 4 of Cups 5 of Cups 6 of Cups 7 of Cups 8 of Cups 9 of Cups 10 of Cups Page of Cups Knight of Cups Queen of Cups King of Cups

Suit of Pentacles:

Ace of Pentacles 2 of Pentacles 3 of Pentacles 4 of Pentacles 5 of Pentacles 6 of Pentacles 7 of Pentacles 8 of Pentacles 9 of Pentacles 10 of Pentacles Page of Pentacles Knight of Pentacles Queen of Pentacles King of Pentacles

Suit of Swords:

Ace of Swords 2 of Swords 3 of Swords 4 of Swords 5 of Swords 6 of Swords 7 of Swords 8 of Swords 9 of Swords 10 of Swords Page of Swords Knight of Swords Queen of Swords King of Swords



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