Tarot Card Meaning the MagicianThe Magician is the card of work, skills and knowledge. It’s about the cards you have in your hands. He is bright and cunning, for better and for worse.

The Magician is the official first card of the deck (the Fool was originally not numbered and can be considered first or last).

The Magician holds or presents, depending on your deck, all the elements that will make the minor suit of your deck: a wand, a cup, a coin (or pentacle) and a wand.

He is a master of his craft, which is why the Magician often speaks of work situations and is to be expected when reading for career related questions. He can also stand for a relatively young lover, a doctor or a good friend. His presence in the spread usually means action, changes, new starts.

Associated star signs: Aries
Element: Air
Season & Time: Spring – April – Wednesday / Tuesday
Prediction speed: short term

Tarot Card Meaning the Magician AdviceThe Advice of the Magician: trust in a new beginning. Something exciting is about to start. Favourable answers for work related questions.

Tarot Card Meaning The Magician WarningThe Warning of the Magician: someone is working against you. Don’t trust your professional environment.

UPRIGHT MEANINGS

When drawn upright the Magician speaks of skills and mastering one’s crafts. The Magician knows how to make the most of any situation by using the right tool. It often announces news regarding the questioner’s career.

Keywords: work, self-employment, knowledge, new relationship or friendship, good luck, creativity, energy, self confidence.

REVERSED MEANINGS

When drawn reversed the Magician speaks of treachery and treason. Tricks are being played. Someone is being dishonest. It can also reveal a situation, which is not at all as it seems be it a relationship, friendship or investment. Watch your back and do not trust too easily.

Keywords: tricks, incompetency, treason, illusions, crook, lack of skills, mistake, arguments, lost ambition

LOVE – Positive aspects: A new relationship or friendship that will matter and most likely last. Love at first sight. Constructive relationship. Success and attraction. Magnetism. Negative aspects: the end of a relation, attraction. A hard headed partner. Unfaithfulness.

FINANCES – Positive aspects: A new venture will be rewarded quickly. An investment will be successful even if it seems risky. Trust someone you’re working with. Negative aspects: theft, loss, fraud.

WORK – The Magician often speaks of your career right away. If you’re reading for work, you should definitely hope for it to appear. A new activity will bring you success. Self-employment is an option. Research and studies are being encouraged. A new contract can be expected.

PERSON – The Magician is usually a young man. He can be a teacher, a researcher, spiritual guide or simply a self-employed person. Negative aspect: a crook, someone who speaks too much. Someone cruel. He could be lacking self-confidence.

Cards Association with the Major Arcana

THE MAGICIAN & JUSTICE

A new contract can be expected very soon. This may be a change in your work contract or a brand new job starting soon. Professional success and security. If surrounded by warning cards, seek advice before signing anything.

THE MAGICIAN & THE CHARIOT

You may need to travel for work soon. An important decision has to be made quickly. If you wonder about your career: Success in your work life is guaranteed.

THE MAGICIAN & THE WHEEL 

When the Wheel of Fortune and the Magician are side by side they speed up the entire prediction. Everything in your spread is about to happen fast. There’s a sense of urgency and suddenness in this association. Fast changes are inevitable.

Cards Association with the Minor Suits

WITH WANDS


This is usually a positive association. High energy. Frenetic activity can be expected. Goals and targets will be reached thanks to hard work, persistence and confidence. Negative/Reversed meanings: problems at work, a contract is cancelled. Unemployment or crisis.

WITH CUPS


Depending on which cup you draw, you can expect a new relationship (and friendship). It is possible that an existing one will change (for the better, unless the Devil or a Sword says otherwise). Negative meanings: a lover who is not trustworthy.

WITH COINS


In a positive spread, your work is highly profitable and benefits are expected. An intuition for business. You may be offered a new work opportunity. In a negative spread: corruptness, crookedness. A financial crisis.

WITH SWORDS


The Swords with the Magician speak of difficult starts. If you’re starting a new job, there will be obstacles. If the suit of Cups is present in your spread too, a doctor or surgeon is represented.