General Interpretation and Meaning of The Magician - Upright & Reversed

by astrology valley Oct 19 2021

The Magician, also known as the Juggler or the Magus, is the first trump in the Major Arcana of tarot decks. It is considered the lowest trump card based on honors. However, in the occult traditions, The Magician is held accountable for having esoteric features and is numbered as the first. In that manner, it is the second in Major Arcana and succeeds the Fool. 

It is the symbol of power, potential and represents an amalgamation or unification of the worlds; both the physical and spiritual worlds. 

The Magician holds numerous symbolisms. According to the Rider- Waite deck, it is illustrated as one hand lifted, pointed towards the sky, and the other one is pointing downwards, showing the ground. It represents the two worlds or realms between which we dwindle in our thoughts. 

There is a table in front of him, on the table we can see a cup, a weird, a spectacle embossed in probably metal, and a wand. These are symbolic of the four suits of the tarot deck. They also signify the four elements, Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. These elements are laid randomly on the table, and The Magician has the power to pick any of them as per his will. He is also holding a white wand with double-ended blades in his right hand. He is also wearing a white robe, representing his purity and piousness. His hand gestures make it evident that he has equal conduct towards both the spheres. The mantle is red, representing willpower, passion, rage, and ego.  

In the Marseilles deck, The Magician can be seen having six fingers in the left hand. This represents his manipulative power of deceiving. The table here has three legs instead of four, the fourth leg is believed to be out of the card. You can also see a flower growing between his feet, this flower has a sexual interpretation. But as a whole, it is symbolic of Mother Nature.  

General interpretation and meaning of the Upright Magician 

The Magician card, when pulled upright, indicates new beginnings and newer opportunities. It shows your connection with both the realms: physical and spiritual. The Magician is the master who manifests and uses his ability and relation with both the spheres that helps him to manifest goals. He is a blend of purity and worldly knowledge. It is represented through the color of the robe and cloak. 

This card is also representative of your skills and abilities. It is accountable for your desires and determination and infers that your willpower is the most necessary element in life. It holds up your innate capacity and potential to succeed in life by molding your way through hard work. The myth is that The Magician, with his power of all the elements and suits, takes the potential from the fool, and molds it into the power of desire.  

The Magician understands the meaning of "as above so below". This indicates that he knows the importance of balancing between both worlds. It indicates that the mind and the body both should maintain a connection. In absence of it, the peace of the mind is disturbed. Once you empower your soul from within, the outer world will prevail itself. 

If The Magician pops up in your reading, it means that it is your time to bring yourself together and strengthen your will to achieve new things. It will open up the gates for new opportunities. It will ask you to tap into your inbuilt potential and nurture your skills to build a better profile for new prospects. It can be anything new, be it a new job, a new love, or a new endeavor, it will bring success. It is your call to take action towards your goals.  

Love & Relationships (Upright) 

The upright Magician indicates new manifestations and in love. Your desires will be strong and your determination will ensure that your love life is successful. The Magician infers that you should look out for love because it is you and only you who can decide the right partner. It's time to do something to attain the love and care you deserve. Try to create situations that help you to meet new people. You have to be a bit persuasive, reflects The Magician tarot card. 

Money & Career Interpretation (Upright) 

The Magician represents resourcefulness and skills, both innate and acquired. Therefore, its presence in your tarot reading shows that you will be able to bring the best out of every prospect. It will manifest good opportunities in your career. It is also an indicator that asks you to decide and commit towards your target. It is time that you choose the right path towards your career.  

It also suggests improved financial opportunities in your life. It reflects that all the money-related troubles will be over soon. Once you have made a plan. It is also a good indication for new business. 

​Health Interpretation (Upright) 

Since all the elements are coming together, you will experience heightened energy in your body. The upright Magician reflects that your mental and physical health is balanced. And the combined energy is a boost in stamina for you. This energy will keep you uplifted, and your health would do fine if you promise to not indulge in harmful food habits. The power of will that this card holds will make your life easier. 

​Spiritual Interpretation (Upright) 

The upright Magician reaffirms that your spiritual growth is evident. You have firm control over your mind and body, both the realms are in your control. This card of manifestations promises to resolve all your queries and asks you to concentrate on the crucial things in life. Your focus will increase with the manifestation of willpower and determination. 

General interpretation and meaning of the Reversed Magician Card 

The reversed Magician card shows your inability to take necessary actions in the right direction. It hints at gaps in communication or distorted relations due to your delay in action. The dilemma that is going on in your mind is also suggested by the reversed Magician. It also represents that you are about to face manipulation, or someone whom you trusted is going to be cunning to you. It is a hint that the work you are doing is not happening in a synchronized way. You are struggling, and your struggle will show whether you will succeed or not. Perhaps you are not sure about your actions or your decisions. 

It also represents greed and is followed by deception. You will feel incomplete or seem off as your connection with the higher sphere is going to be disrupted. It shows that you are not utilizing your full potential, you are neglecting your innate potential. All your goals may not come into reality, because you are insecure about your capabilities. 

Love & Relationships Interpretation (Reversed) 

In reverse order, The Magician comes to make you aware that everything in your life will not always be fruitful. It reinstalls your query of knowing strangers or talking to strangers. It will hint that your low self-confidence or lack of discipline can be the issue of your failed love. It can indicate that you are insecure about your esteem. It also makes you aware that there is no space for being shady to your partner. 

Money & Career Interpretation (Reversed) 

It asks you to question yourself about your potential and career choices. The Magician wants you to realize your worth in terms of skills. It hints that you are ignoring some crucial skills that can help you to grow bigger and bigger. Also, the self-confidence that you have in yourself is a big hurdle in your way. Your career will flourish only if you have any interest in improving your abilities. 

Health Interpretation (Reversed) 

The Magician signals improved health conditions. If you are someone who has been through a lot of struggles lately will know how much the body aches this time. Your emotions and mind will also play tricks on you if you keep on ignoring your health matters. It is your inner voice that should channel you and not the other way around. You need to get back on track to thrive again. You must make conscious decisions about your life as well as health matters. It also takes a moment to capture your emotional and physical space of mind. 

Spiritual Interpretation (Reversed) 

When you pull The Magician card, it becomes a signifier of your connection with your higher self and other cosmic intervention to help you to progress in the respective fields. But when the card is picked in reverse order, it shows that despite having worldly knowledge, you are incapable of doing things for yourself. It holds the power to control your will, and it will make sure that nothing comes easy to you. It is responsible for answering all your dilemmas, but if you are not willing to change yourself, then nothing much can be expected from your luck.