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Willpower and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.”

Napoleon Hill


A man in red robes points to earth with one hand, while the other hand holds a staff and points to the sky. He has an infinity symbol on his head, signifying endlessness and limitlessness of his mind. Meanwhile, all four suits of the Tarot deck lay in front of him on a table, ready to be unlocked and utilized at his will.

The best description of the Magician would be Hellenistic-Egyptian wise man Hermes Trismegistus.

Hermes- also known by the roman names Mercury, was considered a god as well as a speaker of divine wisdom, protector of thieves and guide to the souls of the underworld. He is the mediator of both worlds: subconscious and conscious, microcosm and macrocosm, physical and spiritual.

The Magician is the unmanifested potential. It is a reminder that no matter what your quest is-mundane or spiritual, just like the Hermes, you hold the wisdom and power to success.


Number 1 represents manifestation, new beginnings and independence.


The Magician Keywords

  • Willpower
  • Wisdom
  • Intellect
  • New beginnings



  • Deception
  • Manipulation
  • Illusion
  • Unawareness

The Magician Upright

Guidance: The Magician is the master of manifestation. Do you have a vision? Then now it is time to tap into your inner raw potential to reach the goal! You are in the initial stages of taking an idea to reality. There is still a long way to go, therefore having full confidence in your abilities and intuition is the key to your success.


Love: This card can represent beginning of a relationship or taking things to the next level. You are confident in yourself and in your connection with your partner. Long-term plans, marriage or common goals are all favoured here. If you are single, this card may symbolize a charming, intelligent person in your life who is curious and ready to explore a deeper connection with you.


Work/Finances: The Magician represents an inventive mind, new beginnings and success through skill and knowledge. He is a master of setting goals and accomplishing tasks, therefore you may be called for a leadership position. Especially regards to innovative and creative pursuits, this card encourages you to unlock your dormant talents without hesitation. Believe in your power of manifestation to achieve the financial success you desire.


Health: The Magician symbolizes strength and stamina, but most importantly the role your willpower plays when it comes to wellbeing. Whether you are dealing with an illness or simply setting goals to improve your health, this is a favourable card. The Magician is also associated with medical practitioners. In this case, he is highly experienced and educated.


Spirituality: The Magician is a truth seeker. Perhaps you are on the verge of a spiritual breakthrough, or you may be interested in exploring the mysteries of life, your intuitive abilities and potential for greatness. This card advises you to keep your mind and heart open to the infinite possibilities of the universe. Remember, you are the creator of your own destiny.

Guidance: It is time for you to embrace confidence in your own abilities to get something done. You have every tool and knowledge available to you in order to reach the success you desire. Don’t miss the opportunity. The Magician in reversed can also represent a cunning opportunist, or a deceptive situation that you need to be aware of.


Love:  The Magician is a seeker; therefore, commitment is not one of his best suits. Deception and trickery are some of his ‘dark’ aspects, so when this card comes in reversed, watch out for a liar or manipulator in your love life. If you are starting to sense that your partner is hiding things from you, honest and calm communication is advised.


Work/Finances: You may have great business ideas but in order to get beyond the idea stage, you need to have confidence. Instead of focusing on the obstacles, identify your skills and abilities and utilize them. Alternatively, you may be having trust issues and you’d like to work alone at this time. When the Magician reversed represents someone else in your work environment, you may need to be careful about a deception or manipulative person. If things are not working out financially, don’t be afraid to alter your course if necessary.


Health: When the card of knowledge comes reversed in a health reading, it might be related to a health problem that is elusive, not yet learned. You may be ignoring some symptoms or neglecting your needs. Whatever it is you are going through, always focus on the positive and don’t hesitate to seek medical help if necessary.


Spirituality: The Magician in reversed is a call to find your inner truth and follow your own path. Staying open minded to different opinions is great, but first you need to form your own core values and beliefs so that you are not easily influenced by others. Developing an unshakable belief in yourself will lead you to your desired destiny. Also, be aware of a deceptive spiritual mentor.

The Magician Reversed

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