What Does The Magician Tarot Card Mean?

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The Magician Tarot Card Meanings: Upright, Reversed & In Love

If there's ever a card that has the power to render us completely skeptical, it's The Magician Tarot card.

How does magic, or a magical being, fit into our real life? Can we wonder if we're going to be able to pay our bills that month, and throw the Magician card and somehow think we're going to get a serious answer or guidance?

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When we ask about our love lives, can The Magician possibly give us insight? How does this archaic messenger from the ancient past fit into our lives today?

Let's look into this very special card and see how we can deliver the divine wisdom found within it.

Meaning of the Magician Tarot Card

Upright: In a nutshell, The Magician, when explored in a Tarot reading, is symbolic of skill, talent, application of the will, manifestation, ability and sacrifice. This card is associated with knowledge and mystery when upright.

Reversed: When upside down, The Magician is also known as a doctor, or an issue regarding poor health. It's also significant of loss, whether it's human loss or the loss of one's dignity, ability, or the total disgrace caused by a hopelessly wrong move.

The Magician Tarot Card Description

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The Magician is the first card in the Major Arcana, of the Tarot deck. Originally a true magician, the male being in this card is here to get us to focus and manifest.

As a magician, this is a person who relies upon the invisible energies. The solid things of life are mere tools for the Magician; he works with the cosmic forces and the elements of nature.

The Magician is a reminder of faith, religion and beliefs gone past; his body language is obvious: "As it is above, so it is below." Meaning, all things balance out in heaven and on earth. All things affect each other; they act in a way that complements nature, rather than fight it.

The Magician has his array of magical tools before him, and each tool represents a suit within the Tarot deck. There is a chalice or cup, a sword, a pentacle, and a wand, which is literally a "magic wand" in this case.

He will use the elements of nature, with respect, for the purpose of healing, teaching, manifesting. Above his head is the endless figure 8, there to remind us that we are all a part of the endless cosmic flow, and that it's all in our mind.

Upright Magician Tarot Card Meaning

Whether you're using this card as your very own representative during a reading, or you get this card in its upright form during your reading, it's there for one supreme reason: Get your act together now.

This Major Arcana card is telling you that there is always hope, but so much of that hope and positive outlook depends on what you do to get there.

It's a smack in the face that says, "You can do this!" This card is there to stimulate you into believing in yourself once again, and to use your own magic.

And what is magic? Magic is making something from nothing. Magic is creation — creating something where before there was nothing. And that it's truly up to you to make your life happen. It's up to you to be resourceful and intelligent.

In other words, if you want something done, do it yourself.

Let's also keep in mind that the Magician is the healer of the deck. He's the doctor, the metaphysician. If you get this card during a reading, consider yourself on the mend. It's a great, powerful and positive card in any reading.

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Reversed Magician Tarot Card Meaning

Now, the Magician reversed is an entirely different ballgame.

If you get the Magician reversed in a reading, it's an alert: "Wake up, idiot! You're blowing this royally! Don't be a fool!" While you might not get that literal a description in your Tarot book, the meaning is basically that.

This card is telling you that you're ruining something right before your eyes, and you aren't even aware of it.

Stop and take a pause here. Did you get lazy? Did you forget something that once meant so much to you? Are you becoming a different person than the person you wanted to be? Are you starting to dislike yourself?

The Magician makes is obvious: You need a "magical" change and, as we've learned, "magic" is creating. So figure out what went wrong and then apply yourself.

Because that is the magic in the Magician — the knowledge that things don't go anywhere unless there's a force behind them to make them happen. In this case, the magic is you.

This card in reverse is also a heads up on your mental health. It's a way of letting you know you need to start paying attention to your own health, both mental and physical. It's a card that tells you to seek help if you need it, and that you're special, no matter what. And you should treat yourself as special.

The Magician Meaning in Love & Relationships

If this card shows up in a reading for love, understand it as the first sign that your relationship may be moving into deep commitment territory.

This is a good card to get, and even though it seems a bit vague or non-related to love and partnership, it's definitely a sign that the relationship is going in a good direction.

This isn't the card of casual sex; this is the card of deep love and devotion. In a love reading, you won't get this card unless your relationship is either meant to go the distance, or it's already proven to be strong.

If your relationship is doing well, you'll get the Magician card to remind how much you need to honor this great, good fortune; if you aren't in a relationship, this card will mean that the person for you is deep; they are not about playing games.

The Magician in a love reading is there to set the standards for you, and for you to keep those standards in mind for the future.

The Magician tells you to suffer no fools, and to attract only the best as this is in your skill set. This card has no room for game-players or those who intend to hurt others.

When this card comes up in a love reading, think of it as a sign that you've grown and that, from this moment forward, you can only accept respect and honesty in those you choose to share your life with. "Manifest with the best of 'em," says the Magician.

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Ruby Miranda is a New Yorker who learned astrology, I Ching and all types of cartomancy and numerology from her crazy, gypsy mother. She currently writes for a wide range of esoteric publications.