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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. Number 1 means 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 of 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 skilful 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.

The Magician as feelings

The Magician denotes someone who ‘gets’ you. This is the person you will feel you can talk to about everything and you can have great laughs with as well as stimulating exchange. The Magician speaks of being satisfied on all levels: Spiritually, Materialistic, Emotionally, and Intellectually.

If you are asking about how someone is feeling about you and you get the Magician, this person most likely feels you are a very special person, and a very interesting person. They feel stimulated by you and they feel you understand them. They might put you on a pedestal and you might feel they have very high expectations of you.

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 speaks 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.

  30. Kully August 26, 2017 at 3:57 am

    I can you give me some advise on the below spread its a celtic spread with 3 addiation cards thanks
    1 Temprance
    2 knight of cups
    3 Debil
    4 Knight of pentacles
    5 The Priestes
    6 six of peneacles
    7The empress
    8 Sun
    9 Queen of swords
    10 ace of pentacles
    11 hierophant
    12 six of wands
    q3 magician

  31. Inger Bråthen August 28, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Hi, Kully. Doors will open in two big ways for you, and I feel they will be linked together. One I feel is a relationship and this will lead to a career change as well.

  32. Angie September 3, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Hi Inger,

    For a while I’ve wondered if my ex is someone other than I think he is. I often wonder if I’m too entangled in my own emotions to see clearly or if I am being manipulated at every turn with him. Part of me doesn’t want to believe it, but the other part of me gets so angry. I can’t distinguish if it’s all in my head or if there’s some truth to my concerns. I have really struggled to cut him out of my life. I asked the cards to tell me who he really is. Can you help me interpret them? As always, thanks for all you do and your guidance. Words can’t express how much I appreciate all you’ve done for me.

    General spread:

    Overview – queen of cups
    Three of wands reversed
    Magician reversed

  33. Inger Bråthen September 3, 2017 at 7:19 am

    This person is a love fraud. What you describe is text book what happens to people who have been victims of these kinds of manipulators. THe confusion, the self-doubt, wondering if you are going crazy, and the constant circle of going back and forth. These people are almost impossible to cut out of your life, they always come back to create more havoc, UNTIL you see him for exactly what he is. The magician reversed is the tarot telling you this guy is a big liar. This website helps many in your situations:

  34. Angie September 5, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Thanks, Inger.

    I’ve suspected this for so long, but I didn’t trust myself because he’s so good at talking me out of my perceptions. I’ll read through the site you provided. This really helped me. Xoxo

  35. Inger Bråthen September 5, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    🙂 I am so happy to have helped 🙂 You need to stay safe! Lots of love Ingie

  36. Helena Samu September 9, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Dear Inger,

    since the last two days I’m obsessed to find out if I shall continue to yearn after my crush, or just stop here, and cut the cords, I figured to ask the cards what are the obstacles being together w him. I got The High Priestess, Ace of Pentacles and The Magican. WoW! I don’t know if a shall cry or smile…looks like a soul mate connection, but how is it an obstacle? Sorry, for so many questions!

  37. Jo September 9, 2017 at 10:58 am


    What does Magician (Reversed) + Judgment mean? I did a general tarot 4 cards asking where to go next in my life, or what is up next? Not sure if it’s related but I fell for someone who is not of my sexual orientation, and told him anyway, basically saying that I’m up for the friendship if he’s interested. No reply but I’m not blocked either. Because he is a super nice person or so I assume, I am surprised by the no reaction.


    1) Devil (that card is supposed to be me)
    2) Empress (Reversed) (that card is supposed to be the exterior, the other, etc)
    3) Magician (Reversed) (the present)
    4) Judgment (the future)

    Adding all this gives The Hanging Man (solution or tarot’s advice)

    It’s mostly Judgement following magician reversed that I wonder about. But also my question was about what to do next in general, I didn’t ask about love. But that infatuation is on my mind a lot.

  38. Inger Bråthen September 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Sometimes not getting what we want is exactly what we need. The cards you got are telling you that the obstacle is a soulmate connection, however, it can be a soulmate connection you have not yet met, and if you hook up with your crush you will miss out on this soulmate connection that seems to be the real deal.

  39. Inger Bråthen September 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    The Magician often shows up reversed when someone is not what they seem so be careful. When it comes to what to do in general, I feel now is a time for you to invent something in your life by being creative. Focus on your hobbies/interest and see where this will take you. Use your imagination. The Hanged Man often shows up when people have talents in communication and writing.

  40. Jo September 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Interesting Inger. Thank you so much for this, you’re a real sweetheart. After what you said, I picked one card asking “so, show me the portrait of that person then”. I picked The Moon. Wow!


  41. Helena Samu September 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Dear Inger,

    thank you for all your support to understand my layouts and more!…I could’t respond to your answer right away, about having obsacle in a soulmate connection by having an other one. Still processing….But I really want to thank you, because your answer helped me to see that I don’t have to become anything more who I really am and put so much effort to be someone whom I think I should develop to be and be able to be in a desired relationship. Letting go all those pressures and wantings is real freedom! To see that I have two parts, one is not ready to let him go and the other one is to ready to move on and be okay with it. To accept that the love I am craving for is here in me. I can love myself and feeling good about it. Let all the pressure go from me from him is beautiful. Peaceful. Confusing. Sometimes I get confused because I am still in the prosess…but thank you to shed some light on it.
    Love: HS

  42. Inger Bråthen September 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

    That is great Helena. Love is always available to us 😀

  43. Lynzy September 26, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Hi inger..i drew the king of swords the queen of swords and magician in a love spread. Could you help me please

  44. Inger Bråthen October 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi. This can indicate a high degree of intellectual compatibility between you.

  45. Ane October 3, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Hi Inger,

    I did a 3 card spread asking for clarity regarding feelings (mine and theirs). I’m not sure how to interpret this.

    1. Reversed Wheel of Fortune
    2. Reversed Magician
    3. The Devil

    Thank you so much!

  46. Cat October 8, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I’m needing help with the magician and death card, both upside down together. It is in regards to a questionable relationship.

  47. Inger Bråthen October 8, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Always we careful when you get reversed Magician, because this card can mean the person is not what they seem.

  48. Inger Bråthen October 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Always take extra care when the Magician shows up reversed because it often means that someone is not what they seem. Death reversed can also mean that things are not what they seem and you must be very careful how you proceed.

  49. Claudia October 10, 2017 at 1:45 am

    hi Inger, when I asked about a future releationship: who will be and how he will enter my life…. I got the ace of wands+ magician + queen of pentacles
    Can you help me understand these cards togeter? Thanks,

  50. Urmila October 13, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Inger, What does it mean to have the magician, knight of pentacles, king of pentacles, ten of sword and seven of wands in a reading to describe the personality of a male person?

  51. Inger Bråthen October 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Hi. I feel you will meet through a business venture, something you are very passionate about. 🙂

  52. Inger Bråthen October 15, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Hi. This person is gifted and spiritually inclined but he has invested too much into a (false) belief that is working against him and this belief is weakening him and making him overly emotional.

  53. gargi October 25, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Hi lnger
    I did a three card spread for relationship.
    I got temperance+ five of cups+the magician
    Can you help me understand it more

  54. Inger Bråthen October 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Hi. When you get double 5 in a tarot reading (temperance is 5 in numerology and so is 5 of cups) it can mean that the seeker feels a bit trapped and boxed in by the relationship. There are some differences in your personalities that can create some miscommunication.

  55. Helena Samu November 8, 2017 at 12:15 am

    HI, Inger! I was watching your Tarot Webinar 24th of September, 2017, and got very inspired to know what is my highest and best carrier path? I got the Magician card, clarified by 7 of swords, 10 of cups and 10 of pentacles. Can you help me understand these cards togeter? (Magician’s head symbolises being connected to Source,/Mercury is the planet of communication etc.
    7 is a spir. number, and as you said 0 is also connected to the Creator) Can you help me understand these cards together? Would you recomand a CC reading on it as well? Thank You! HS

  56. Inger Bråthen November 15, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Hi. Your cards indicate that you are someone who thrives when you can work very autonomously. You also need to feel very spiritually connected to what you do. All of your cards indicate sales, however, it has to be in a product you really believe in, even better, have developed yourself. Let me know how you go. 🙂

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