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The Magician Tarot Card Meanings

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What does The Magician Tarot card mean?

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The Magician Upright Meaning

Traditionally, The Magician is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic -- as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans, and the like. A modern Magician is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth; one who seeks to bring forth the divine gold within her or himself.

At the birth of Tarot, even a gifted healer who was not an ordained clergyman was considered to be in league with The Devil! For obvious reasons, the line between fooling the eye with sleight of hand and charging the world with magical will, was not clearly differentiated in the early Tarot cards.

Waite's image of The Magician as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements -- with its formal arrangement of symbols -- is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what The Magician was doing. It's best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul.

The Magician Reversed Meaning

The Magician card reversed suggests you may be working against your own creativity. Perhaps you feel that your ideas are too scandalous or too precedent breaking. Perhaps you feel it should be someone else who communicates these insights or challenges. Perhaps you are uncomfortable with taking a leadership position, even a temporary one.

Ask yourself what you have to lose. Have the courage of your convictions and speak your truth.

The Magician Advice Position

Have faith in your innate creativity. The Magician advises you give your questioning nature and free-associating mind plenty of room to explore the subject at hand. Behave just as if you were an open-minded and curious scientist. Through this process, you may bring freshness and clarity into the situation that is both stimulating and catalytic.

You do not have to understand it all intellectually. Besides, intuition is your ace in the hole. Respond in a spontaneous manner to what is right in front of you. There is no reason to hold yourself back. Your natural urges are exactly what is needed, and, your ingenuous timing and elegant style will help smooth over any awkwardness.

The Magician Love Position

The Magus symbolizes imagination, creativity and an inventive nature. Your unique intelligence and talent for clever experimentation is a valuable asset for keeping your future relationship fresh and alive. The Magus serves as a catalyst and change agent. His influence is a fresh breeze blowing through any situation. So be playful, and stay open. Don't limit yourself, the possibilities are endless. Try things, see what happens and correct your course as you go. Tease open the minds of those who are watching to see what you will do - including your potential love interest.

The Magician Career Position

Affiliate yourself with people of imagination at your workplace who can intuitively transform chaos into a higher order. Such people know that when a creative point of view prevails, people are less judgmental and competitive. Visionaries create an atmosphere that seems to make everyone around them smarter.

What a fertile situation this poses for unorthodox approaches to work! The group you work with collectively possesses the capability to devise a novel application that totally changes the current paradigm. It looks like it's going to be a fun ride.

The Magician in a Yes or No Card Reading

The Magician is a card of inspiration and manifestation. If you're looking for simple Yes or No guidance and receive The Magician, the answer is YES. Act with total confidence.