The Magician is number one in the Major Arcana, the card of new beginnings. The Magician is ruled by Mercury and is full of confidence, intelligence, and originality. He is skillful and determined to succeed, and on his table are tools representing the four suits of the Tarot, and the four elements; earth, air, fire and water.
If you draw The Magician in a reading, it is a sign that you are a point in your life when you have the power to change things for the better, and start a brand new cycle. The Magician is a very positive and optimistic card, and suggests that you are being presented with an opportunity to make your own dreams come true, whether they’re mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual.
This is a card of potential, and represents the possibility of great things happening, if you take action and use the skills and tools available to you, to your advantage. A positive, can do attitude is a must, as is the ability to acknowledge and utilise your own knowledge and creativity to get ahead. If you are facing a problem that needs a creative solution, look inside yourself for the answer; it’s there, you just have to trust yourself and your instincts.
If this card appears, it indicates that you may be about to start a new project, or undergo some sort of transformation. Maybe you have a new challenge at work? Or you’re thinking about changing something in your personal life. Now is the time, and the Magician suggests you are likely to succeed, if you have the drive and the willpower to keep at it. The Magician is also a card of concentration and focus, and so it suggests not to spread your attention too thin, but instead to channel your energy into one thing at a time.
If The Magician is drawn in reverse, it can suggest some form of manipulation and deceit. You need to be careful who you give your trust, as somebody is misusing their skills and abilities for negative reasons. This leads to confusion and failure.
The reversed Magician indicates that you are not fully present in a situation and are not making taking advantage of your natural skills and abilities. You are not giving yourself the opportunity to do what you would like to, or giving yourself the chance to succeed. Maybe there is something you would like to try, but are worried that you won’t be good at? It could be a project at work that you think you could do well on, or something you would like to try in your free time. You need to trust in yourself, and believe that you have the ability to achieve your goal.