Interpreting the Magician Tarot Card

Magician Tarot Card Representing control, self-determination, power, and creation, the Magician tarot card conveys a resilience to overcome and transform, qualities which are rooted internally within us all. This power is of universal knowledge, wired deep within our psyche, acting as a spiritual, emotional, and mental compass directing our thoughts and our actions toward the greater good.

The Magician understands that he has the power to manipulate life in any which way he pleases, and like magic, he has the ability to decide which experiences will and will not affect him. Although he can not control the unpredictable nature of life, he can control his own responses to every circumstance he encounters. In a world which is built upon uncertainty, the Magician embodies the only form of absolute control one can master: control over one's self. Experiences shape who and what we become, and the Magician is naturally meticulous in selecting what outside forces play a significant role in his life. He creates the conditions which govern his existence by actively filtering out what is not beneficial to his personal growth and well-being. It can be argued that negativity only breeds more negativity, which the Magician is well aware of.

The innermost desires of the Magician are exclusively concerned with what is good and what is positive in life, refusing to concentrate on or be consumed by self-defeating interests. Thus the Magician is also a symbol of transformation, as he takes the world in his hands and shapes it like clay into the form he wishes it to be. Unlike the Fool, the Magician is not naive, but is actually well aware of the polarities of good and evil existing in all things. He simply does not allow negativity to infiltrate his thoughts. This power of will is represented by the wand he raises to the heavens, his arm straight and confident, connecting his own strength with that of the higher universe above him. The Magician understands his position in the universal scheme of events, but his ability to manipulate and control his environment lends him a degree of power in determining his own fate.

It's meaning in a Tarot Card Spread

The meaning of the Magician tarot card is influenced by the position of the card as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.

The Magician Tarot card - upright meaning:
The Magician card in the upright position is a presage for success and achievement; however, a judicious plan of action must be strictly adhered to. It's time to apply our innate ability and take the necessary action to fulfill our ambitions.

"Persevere and Succeed" is the Magician's motto.

The Magician Tarot card - reversed meaning:
When the Magician card lands in the reversed position it conveys an inability to stay focused. There may be unrealistic ambitions that require a talent or skill that's beyond any possible reach.

This position also warns against dishonesty and manipulation.

Keywords/phrases associated with the Magician tarot card:

Upright - ambition, action, personal power, taking control, grasping opportunities, mental growth, leadership, initiative, confidence

Reversed - unrealistic expectations, incompetence, abuse of power, closed minded, stagnation, manipulation, lack of confidence, lack of self-discipline

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