Images from the classic Rider Waite Tarot represent The Magician and Wheel of Fortune birth cards.

Tarot Birth Card Meanings: The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune

Your path is all about personal power

By Staff

Your Tarot birth cards are special guides meant to help you find your way. Based on your birth date, these cards carry messages of encouragement and reminders to help you stay on track.

The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune are united by themes of personal power, so if you have this pair in your Tarot birth card lineup, you have a special opportunity to explore those themes and make them your own.

The Magician Tarot CardThe Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card

Action, Manifestation, Change
Gifts: Flexibility, Creativity, Resourcefulness
Challenges: Self-blame, Apathy, Self-aggrandizement
Advice: Remember that "this too shall pass." Follow your curiosity. Be there for others in their times of need.

Interpreting The Magician (#1) and The Wheel of Fortune (#10) Birth Cards

The Magician is a card of action, transformation, intelligence, and manifestation. In the most commonly-recognized version of this card, a magician stands at a table that holds all the magical tools of the Tarot (a coin, a cup, a sword, and a wand). The infinity symbol above the magician’s head evokes an eternal connection between life and spirit and an uncanny ability to sense the best path forward. His right hand points to the heavens while his left hand points to earth, indicating a person who can manifest their desires while still following their divine nature. The magician’s belt is created by a snake biting its own tail, representing wholeness. The figure on this card has everything at his disposal. He is powerful in the sense that he can make things happen and bring nonexistent things into existence.

The Wheel of Fortune, on the other hand, reminds us of the limits of personal power. An otherworldly collection of creatures populates this card. At the center is a wheel marking compass points, but what do wheels do? They turn. What’s up one day is down the next. This card shows that no matter our resources and skills, there are some elements of life that we can neither predict nor control.

Together, The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune Tarot birth cards ask you to merge these two truths: you can’t do everything, and also, the things you can do still have meaning.

The gifts of The Magician and the Wheel of Fortune

Each set of Tarot birth cards suggests certain talents and natural abilities. Here are a few associated with The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune:

1. Flexibility

As someone with The Wheel of Fortune in your corner, you may have a stronger ability to adapt than most. You know that things can change at the drop of a hat, and when they do, you know you can pivot to make the best of things.

2. Creativity

Your connection with The Magician gives you an unparalleled ability to conjure and create. You may be the sort of person who comes up with original ideas from out of nowhere or who can execute complicated plans without breaking a sweat. In large part, this talent is rooted in a willingness to try unfamiliar things and just see what happens. Not all of your projects will pan out, but that’s okay! Every new undertaking can teach you something valuable.

3. Resourcefulness

You’re no one-trick pony! This birth card pairing suggests a knack for solving problems in innovative ways. While some people tend to rely on their wits, their patience, their work ethic, their networking skills, their charm, or their will power, you’re happy to utilize all these strengths and more. If one tactic doesn’t work, you’ll try another. Figuring out the best approach is half the fun!

The challenges of The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune

Alongside the gifts, your Tarot birth cards can indicate some particular obstacles. Here’s what to look out for as you get to know The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune:

1. Self-blame

When you’re under The Magician’s spell, you may think you can do anything you set your mind to, and if things go badly, it’s easy to assume it’s all your fault. You might beat yourself up, thinking that if only you had worked harder, started sooner, or been smarter, you could have avoided this outcome. However, that’s often not the case. There are just too many unknown factors and forces influencing each moment -- you can’t possibly prepare for all of them. Learning where your accountability begins and ends is a major undertaking.

2. Apathy

The Wheel of Fortune reveals how much is out of your hands. This information might cause you to wonder, “What’s the point? Nothing I do can make a difference anyway.” This is a tempting worldview, but it’s incomplete. The Magician is a counterbalance against such thinking. Your task is to remember your own power in the context of an uncertain world – and to use it wisely.

3. Self-aggrandizement

The Magician’s influence in your Tarot birth cards could cause you to see yourself as more important than the people around you. You can be confident in your abilities and determined to prove yourself without promoting yourself as superior to all others. Even as you take claim of your story, recognize that others are more than just supporting characters. Working as equals will allow you to find greater success.

How to work with The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune

1. Remember that “this too shall pass.”

Every phase of your life -- good, bad, or neutral -- has an expiration date. Cultivating your awareness of this truth will help you appreciate the beauty of the present. When you get too bogged down in the belief that what you’re experiencing right now will last forever, you can lose perspective. As you walk the path of The Wheel of Fortune and The Magician, it’s essential to challenge that assumption and cherish the fleeting nature of each moment.

2. Follow your curiosity.

Do you know that old expression, “jack of all trades, master of none”? It’s often used as an insult, saying that a certain person is decent at a lot of things but not truly great at anything. However, a fuller version of the phrase goes like this: “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” In other words, it pays to be well-rounded! You don’t have to become the ultimate master at any of your talents. Instead, notice what catches your interest. Pursue a certain hobby without needing to make it a lifelong pursuit, and if something else cool comes along, follow that instinct, too! Whatever fascinates you is worth investigating, even if only for a short time.

3. Be there for others in their times of need.

To counteract your tendency toward self-obsession, it’s wise to support those around you. Notice how your friends, family, and acquaintances are doing. If they’re struggling, offer them a listening ear. If they’re stressed, offer to lighten the load. Your abundant talents aren’t just meant to help you -- they can also be of service to those you love.

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Read About Your Tarot Birth Cards

The Magician +
The Wheel of Fortune
The Magician and The Wheel of Fortune
The Path of Power
The High Priestess +
The High Priestess and Justice
The Path of Knowledge
The Empress +
The Hanged Man
The Empress and The Hanged Man
The Path of Surrender
The Emperor +
The Emperor and Death
The Path of Protection
The Hierophant +
The Hierophant and Temperance
The Path of Tradition
The Lovers +
The Devil
The Lovers and The Devil
The Path of Freedom
The Chariot +
The Tower
The Chariot and The Tower
The Path of Change
Strength +
The Star
Strength and The Star
The Path of Vulnerability
The Hermit +
The Moon
The Hermit and The Moon
The Path of Hidden Truth
The Magician + The Wheel
of Fortune + The Sun
The Magician, The Wheel of Fortune, and The Sun
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The High Priestess +
The High Priestess and Judgement
The Path of Notoriety
The Empress +
The World
The Empress and The World
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