Will is the central meaning of The Magician Tarot card. When he pops up in a reading, you can be assured that you have the determination to make your daydreams happen. Taking the initiative to start a business, find a new job or making love happen will be marked by The Magician.
Willpower is often the main keyword for The Magician. You are all about setting goals and using pure will to see them through to the end. This card represents you manifesting your thoughts and desires into reality, as if by magic, in the future. Taking action now will eventually attract those fantastic opportunities you crave.
Hard work pays off with The Magician. You will display the ability to make something like a business work and the drive to outdo any competition in your path.
Sometimes this card is indicative of skill, especially if that skill is something which requires hands-on work. Perhaps you have fresh and efficient ways of doing things others around you are not capable of copying.
Because stage magicians play tricks on the audience, The Magician has some negative attributes. Sometimes, The Magician can represent a conman character coming into your life. In love readings, this card can mark infidelity depending on surrounding cards. Deception is the negative face of a Magician.
In pre-RWS times, The Magician often represented sickness and severe illnesses. I have found illness to be an accurate interpretation. If this card appears early on in a general reading, it can mean you experienced a disease or disorder in childhood. However, if the card falls into the future, it means that ill health will come later in life.
It is traditional for The Magician to be the significator for a male seeker (the person who is getting the reading). For more on significators, check out How to Select a Tarot Significator and also How to Use a Significator in a reading.
The Magician in a Love Reading
The Magician can take on two meanings in a love reading. The hand he plays depends on if the reading looks encouraging or not.
In a reading which looks favorable, The Magician means that you will get what you want from your relationship. If you have asked a question which requires a yes/no then the Magician always represents a yes. Therefore, if he is surrounded by good cards and the relationship seems to be running smoothly his appearance in a spread is fine (but I will say, there are more desirable cards out).
In a Tarot reading which looks overly negative, The Magician is never a good omen. This card can mean that your partner is pulling the wool over your eyes and leading you on. They could be being unfaithful but can also be deceiving you about their financial situation either now, or in the future. Remain vigilant.
If you're wondering how someone feels about you, I would not read The Magician as a good sign. The Magician uses people and is out for himself which doesn't make for a desirable partner.
The Magician in a Business Reading
The Magician is generally a desirable card if you’re in business because it is the card of will and willpower. Many people lack the level of commitment it takes to scale their business, and this is probably why most businesses fail. However, The Magician in a Tarot spread tells me that you have the ability to push forward with your goals (which is always a plus).
If The Magician appears in an outcome position, it can mean that something will happen in the future to give you a kick in the ass and get working.
The only time I would worry about The Magician is if I was hiring or collaborating with another person on a project. This card can appear as a warning that they are not all they appear to be.
The Magician as a Yes or No
The Magician is usually a yes for most types of questions (yes or no using Tarot interpretations post).
The Magician in a Positive Reading
In a positive reading, The Magician can predict;
- An increase in skill
- Using your skill for good
- Manifestation of what you desire
- Achieving the things you daydream about
The Magician in a Negative Reading
In a more negative reading or spread position, The Magician can predict;
- A great loss
- A conman
- The use of skills and talents for evil
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