Magician Tarot Card Meanings 2016-11-18T01:19:51+00:00

Magician tarot card meanings

Magician: Talents

Magician Tarot Card Meanings and Keywords:

The Magician tarot card meanings in traditional tarot stem from its connection to both Astrology and Numerology. The Magician tarot card can mean:


Realising your potential.

Believing in yourself.

Using your talents.

Being in charge of your own destiny.

Being able to sell yourself, sell your ideas and sell a product.

Using old skills in a new field

Re-inventing yourself.



A fraud

Lack of self-belief

Symbolism in Magician tarot card

The infinity symbol above the Magician’s head symbolises being connected to Source and the timeless. The belt forms an ouroboros, a circular symbol of time formed by a snake biting its tail. The Magician stands in a garden of roses and lilies a symbol derived from the Songs of Songs ‘I’m the Rose of Sharon, the lily of valleys’. The red flowers are equated to the masculine and the white flowers the feminine. This card has the number 1 which symbolises  this is the card for being in charge (being number 1) and new beginnings. His wand is raised to the heavens and his finger is pointing to earth which symbolises the Magician using his spiritual powers in conjunction with his practical abilities to create. His pose symbolises the Hermetic axiom ‘as above, so below’, meaning Heaven should be manifested on Earth. His table represents being able to sell and putting an offer on the table. The four elements represented by a pentacle, a cup, a sword and a wand represent the resources the Magician has at his disposal. Three symbols also appear to be carved on the edge of the table; the first being a seascape representing water, the second the element of fire and the third is a dove. The dove is a Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit creates the fifth element. At the top of the table leg, there are three letters which look like spells vin, latin for ‘wilt thou?’, the question that the Magician poses. The yellow background symbolises that this is an intellectual card, and using your wit, mind and communication skills is going to be favorable. This card represents will, initiations and beginnings.

Magician tarot card and Astrology

Magician is connected to the planet Mercury. Mercury is the planet of communication, short distance travel, quick-moving connections (phones, the internet, computers). Mercury is the planet of the intellect, it is linked with cleverness, dexterity, and wittiness. It speaks of how we learn, how the mind works and how we communicate. Mercury governs the senses. Mercury is easily swayed by emotions, and there might be problems seeing the truth of the matter. Mercury also rules Gemini, the sign of The Lovers, and Virgo, the sign of The Hermit.

Magician tarot card meanings upright

Magician in a general reading

Magician represents your ability to communicate clearly, to ‘sell’ yourself and to be innovative. The Magician has all the tools and resources available to manifest his desired outcome, so it is a good card to get if you want to create. The Magician is skillful and confident in his abilities, and he has the gift of the gab, able to pull the people in that he needs for his desired outcome to take place.

Magician in a love reading

In a love reading, the Magician tarot card often denotes your most compatible soul mate. This is someone who gets you and knows how to make your day exciting no matter what. If single, Magician often shows up just before the Seeker meets the One.

Magician in a career reading

In a career question, the Magician tarot card signifies careers in sales and communications. The Magician denotes being on the right career path. The Seeker will be able to use their talents in their jobs.

Learn what the Magician tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Magician tarot card

Magician people can manifest and create almost anything they put their minds to. This is the mind over matter tarot card and it indicates people who have amazing abilities to use their skill and knowledge in ways that serve them. They believe anything is possible. They are often very creative people who are used to take the initiative. They are great at selling themselves. They can sell sand in the desert if they had to. They dream big and successfully move in any direction they choose. This card speak of your mind and your intellect, to use your intelligence to create and manifest. Play smart or don’t play at all is the energy of this card. It also tells you to remember your spirit, and that your actions have consequences for your spirit and soul, as well as your physical body. It is a very innovative card. If you draw this card it often means your spirit is pushing you in a direction that is exciting and stimulating. You might find yourself inventing something completely new or doing something in a new way. Whatever you do you’ll be quite the trendsetter as you seem to have magical abilities and everything you touch turns to gold.

Magician tarot card meanings

Magician: Talents

Magician tarot card meanings reversed

Magician reversed indicates empty promises, false possibilities, a con man, misunderstandings and a lack of substance to make possibilities become a reality. The possible is becoming impossible when the Magician is upside down. You might find that no one is taking you seriously when this card shows up reversed, or that the people and situations in your life are confusing and unreliable.

Personality types in the reversed Magician tarot card

This is the audacious con man. They don’t believe they can have what they want and use  manipulation to try to get their way. They are lacking in confidence and are either misunderstood or they misunderstand others. They can have problems with learning and are burying their heads in the sand. They procrastinate and are often overly critical of both themselves and others. They are quite messy people and their ideas live and die in their heads. When they contact you it is only because they want something from you, and it usually is your money.

Magician Tarot card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including the Magician.

The Magician + The Lovers: Your ideal partner. A Soul Mate.

The Magician + The Hermit: A brilliant teacher.

The Magician + The Hanged Man: Inventing something. 

The Magician + Judgement: Multimedia, tv/radio, fame. 

The Magician + Five of wands: Standing out from the crowd. 

The Magician + Knight of wands: A talented competitor. 

The Magician + Queen of wands: A skillful entrepreneur. 

The Magician + King of wands: A successful sales person.

The Magician + Ace of cups: Selling art. Selling inspirations.

The Magician + Two of cups: Romance and friendship combined. 

The Magician + Queen of cups: A successful artist.

The Magician + Six of swords: A successful move. Selling online. 

The Magician + Seven of swords: A marketing expert. Telling people what they want to hear. 

The Magician + Eight of pentacles: Mastering an internship, study or new skill. 

The Magician + Queen of pentacles: Home renovation. Buying/selling property.

The Magician + King of pentacles: Mastering the financial world of sales. 

Magician tarot card meanings summary

The Magician tarot card signifies being able to use your talents to create prosperity. The Magician speaks of your talents and your abilities to achieve your desired outcome using your unique skills. The Magician tarot card can also indicate the ability to ‘sell sand in the desert and snow to the Eskimos’. The Magician is so charming and when the Magician represents you in a tarot reading few people can resist your charm.

Learn what the Magician tarot card means as a final card in a love reading. 


  1. Meera November 9, 2016 at 1:15 am

    hi Inger
    the magician with the world card signifies what in a love reading

  2. Inger Bråthen November 9, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    If single, it can mean you have a soulmate in an overseas country. If in a relationship, it can mean you will travel together.

  3. Sandy January 7, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Hi Inger,
    What is the meaning of The Magician & The Wheel of Fortune cards when asking what someone thinks of you?
    Thank you🌟

  4. Inger Bråthen January 7, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    The Magician and Wheel of fortune mean that this person have you in very high regard. In love, this person feels a strong soulmate connection with you.

  5. Brittany June 3, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Hi! Any insight on The Magician + King of Cups?

  6. Inger Bråthen June 3, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Magician with king of cups in love means a soulmate connection. In career, it means your highest and best career path.

  7. Jiselle June 8, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Hi Inger, I made a 3 card spread asking if someone i know will be able to open a business within 5 years and I got:
    6 of Cups + the Magician + King of Pentacles

    based on the combination that person will be successful but the 6 if cups leads me to believe that perhaps he will open that business in his hometown or place where he spent his childhood. Can you help me clarify this?
    Thank you

  8. Inger Bråthen June 8, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Hi. I feel like this person will feel very at home running a business, and it will be very successful and rewarding.

  9. Tifet June 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Inger! The Lovers, Queen of Swords (being me) and the Magician (the other person) could be seen as a perfect match/reconciliation? Thanks!!

  10. Inger Bråthen June 11, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Yes, but queen of swords must let go of her past…:)

  11. Libra and Pisces June 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Hi Inger,

    What is the meaning of a spread cards (king of swords (past) + the hermit(present) + the magician(future)) with the question about the future of a relationship. It’s been going well but all of a sudden feels stagnant. For a week or so. Thank you!

  12. Inger Bråthen June 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

    The secret to success in this relationship is communication. If it is feeling stagnant, then you must deepen your connection through your conversations.

  13. Rosa June 21, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Hello Inger, I did a reading asking What do I need to do to find the right relationship/ soulmate? and I got the magician reversed can you please help with the meaning.

  14. Inger Bråthen June 21, 2017 at 6:12 am

    You need to learn to trust the right person…:) Have discernment and who to trust… Ask the Creator to make it obvious to you who is your soulmate you can trust…

  15. Sabrina July 10, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Hi Inger,

    I pulled 10 cards for someone I met. A strong attraction hit me so suddenly, the last thing I was expecting. Chances for anything between us are about 0% for a lot of complicated reasons. I feel this person also has an attraction to me and we were meant to meet. I didn’t know what specific spread to use? Just wanted to know if we were meant to meet and if you see a mutual attraction. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

    3) LOVERS
    4) 2 CUPS
    6) 5 WANDS
    7) KING CUPS
    8) MOON
    9) ACE WANDS
    10) MAGICIAN

  16. Angie July 10, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hi Inger,

    I frequently got the Magician and Ace of Swords ( both upright) for relationship reading I did for myself over the last few weeks. Could you kindly help with their meanings please.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,

  17. Inger Bråthen July 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

    You do have a strong connection and the Magician indicates this could be a strong soulmate connection. I would recommend the are we soulmates spread:

  18. Inger Bråthen July 10, 2017 at 10:18 am

    This is a very good combination for your relationship and I feel you have a similar mindset to make this relationship work out.

  19. Angie July 11, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Thank you so much, Inger.

  20. Sabrina July 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Hi! Thank you so much for your reply! I did the soulmate spread that you recommended and I got:

    1. Wheel of Fortune
    2. Knight Cups
    3. Magician
    4. Ace Swords
    5. 2 Cups
    6. 6 Swords
    7. Moon
    8. Lovers
    9. Hierophant
    10. High Priestess

    Not sure about these positional meanings? Can you help? Thank you so much!!!! I really appreciate it!

  21. Inger Bråthen July 13, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Card position 1. Is this a soulmate? Wheel of fortune. Yes.

    Card position 2. What is our Karmic Connection? Knight of cups. Romance.

    Card position 3. Romance, business, or friendship, or all 3. Magician. Romance.

    Card position 4. Long term vs short term? Ace of swords. You have a mental link that might never be broken.

    Card position 5. Is this relationship based on materialistic needs or love? 2 of cups. Love.

    Card position 6. How much passion will we have? 6 of swords. You are intellectual compatible and this can create passion.

    Card position 7. How does the other person feel about me? Moon. Unsure at this stage.

    Card position 8. What does the other person think about me? Lovers. He thinks you are beautiful and romantic.

    Card position 9. How does the other person communicate with me? Hierophant. He could be very spiritual and kind in his communication.

    Card position 10. Most likely outcome of the relationship? High priestess. A strong emotional connection that could last a long time even if it is platonic.

  22. Sabrina July 13, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you so much for your help Inger!

  23. Olga July 16, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Dear Inger,
    Page of Cups>The Magician>Page of Swords : What this means with regard to the getting into desirable business event for me- I am currently waiting on the final decision of those in charge about the selection in to that.
    Thanking in advance,

  24. Inger Bråthen July 17, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    I feel you will be able to proceed in this.

  25. Olga July 18, 2017 at 8:00 am

    God bless you, dear Inger, both for your words and for the decision to answer my question! Two more waiting days and I ‘ll come back to let you know about the final outcome… Best wishes!

  26. Olga July 21, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Dear Inger,
    AS per my promise: I did not get into the desired event.
    The whole story seems as a very strange even for me – up to the last waiting day I had promising success spreads but on the very last day/night things changed rapidly.
    As for the next possible similar opportunity I have :
    8 of Swords > 8 of Cups > King of Swords..
    Best wishes,

  27. Inger Bråthen July 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Double 8 with a king means authority and confidence. 🙂 King of swords denotes the better you prepare the better the outcome.

  28. Susie August 14, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I asked the Tarot Cards how I can better connect with my ex. I got
    1- Judgement ( how I feel)
    2-Tower( what I want)
    3-Strength( my fears)
    4-Empress ( going for me)
    5-Hanged man ( against me)
    6- Magician ( outcome). Please help, thank you so much.

  29. Inger Bråthen August 16, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Hi. It seems you want to correct a few misunderstandings that occurred between you and get a final word in. Magician means you could reconnect and begin communication again. Empress means your kindness and ability to make others feel special is what your ex appreciated the most about you.

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