The Tarot Magician card meaning in a nutshell:
A sudden solution, as if by magic
- but it may be just an illusion.
Among devoted Tarot users, the Magician is often the favorite card. That's because already using the Tarot is a kind of magic - opening the door to a reality yet to be explained in scientific terms, if that's ever going to be possible. The Tarot Magician seems to have everything in control, like a master of fate, but that might just as well be an illusion.
In our days, most magicians are illusionists, but the one of the Tarot Magician card is the first to fall for the illusion. That's particularly true for those who favor the Magician card. They want the illusion.
In the picture of this Tarot card, the Magician has gathered the symbols of all four suits on his table, as if the whole Tarot and thereby everything in the world is at his disposal. Hardly. If teh Tarot Magician believes it, he's more of a fool than the card with that name - because the real Tarot Fool knows he's a fool. That makes all the difference in the world, and it's precisely the weakness of the Tarot Magician.
The Tarot Magician card indicates things being solved as if by magic. It can be a person making big problems disappear or splendid solutions appear as if out of nowhere. But life doesn't work like that. If it's too good to be true, it probably isn't.
The Magician's solutions will by time prove to be somewhat lacking. Either they don't last or they don't solve everything, so new problems will emerge - this time more difficult to handle.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, since the initial solution was probably urgent and beneficial. Without it, who knows what would have happened? It's just important to understand that the Magician's solution is rarely the final one. The problem is not really dealt with, but just made to disappear for a while. Still, that can be a blessing.
The Tarot Magician's weakness is to be overly confident. Just look at the sign for eternity like a halo above his head. So, we tend to be overly confident about solutions of that kind. When the Tarot Magician card appears in your reading, expect a fantastic turn of events, but also watch out for what remains to be done - that which is at first invisible in the dazzle.
But who doesn't want to be dazzled, now and then?
Merlin, the archetype of magicians, appeared in legends during the Middle Ages. Illustration from the early 13th century book Merlin, by Robert de Boron.
A. E. Waite's Texts
1. The Magus, Magician, or juggler, the caster of the dice and mountebank, in the world of vulgar trickery. This is the colportage interpretation, and it has the same correspondence with the real symbolical meaning that the use of the Tarot in fortune-telling has with its mystic construction according to the secret science of symbolism. I should add that many independent students of the subject, following their own lights, have produced individual sequences of meaning in respect of the Trumps Major, and their lights are sometimes suggestive, but they are not the true lights. For example, Eliphas Levi says that the Magus signifies that unity which is the mother of numbers; others say that it is the Divine Unity; and one of the latest French commentators considers that in its general sense it is the will.
About the Tarot Magician Card
The Inner Symbolism of the Tarot Magician Card
A youthful figure in the robe of a magician, having the countenance of divine Apollo, with smile of confidence and shining eyes. Above his head is the mysterious sign of the Holy Spirit, the sign of life, like an endless cord, forming the figure 8 in a horizontal position . About his waist is a serpent-cincture, the serpent appearing to devour its own tail. This is familiar to most as a conventional symbol of eternity, but here it indicates more especially the eternity of attainment in the spirit. In the Magician's right hand is a wand raised towards heaven, while the left hand is pointing to the earth. This dual sign is known in very high grades of the Instituted Mysteries; it shews the descent of grace, virtue and light, drawn from things above and derived to things below. The suggestion throughout is therefore the possession and communication of the Powers and Gifts of the Spirit. On the table in front of the Magician are the symbols of the four Tarot suits, signifying the elements of natural life, which lie like counters before the adept, and he adapts them as he wills. Beneath are roses and lilies, the flos campi and lilium convallium, changed into garden flowers, to shew the culture of aspiration. This card signifies the divine motive in man, reflecting God, the will in the liberation of its union with that which is above. It is also the unity of individual being on all planes, and in a very high sense it is thought, in the fixation thereof. With further reference to what I have called the sign of life and its connexion with the number 8, it may be remembered that Christian Gnosticism speaks of rebirth in Christ as a change "unto the Ogdoad." The mystic number is termed Jerusalem above, the Land flowing with Milk and Honey, the Holy Spirit and the Land of the Lord. According to Martinism, 8 is the number of Christ.
Divinatory Meaning of the Tarot Magician Card
Skill, diplomacy, address, subtlety; sickness, pain, loss, disaster, snares of enemies; self-confidence, will; the Querent, if male. Reversed: Physician, Magus, mental disease, disgrace, disquiet.
The Tarot Major Arcana
- The Magician
- The High Priestess
- The Empress
- The Emperor
- The Hierophant
- The Lovers
- The Chariot
- The Hermit
- Wheel of Fortune
- The Hanged Man
- The Devil
- The Tower
- The Star
- The Moon
- The Sun
- The World
- The Fool
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