I The Magician
Positive: Creativity. Dexterity. Skillful. Showmanship.
Negative: Manipulation. Superficiality. Charlatan. Cynicism.
Qabalah: Beth (house).
Archetypes: Animus. Trickster. Sorcerer. Gambler. Thief.
Herbs: Carnation, Rosemary, Vanilla.
Crystal: Agate, Sunstone.
Introduction: The Magician is about making higher – and better – use of all of one’s power. Spiritual, emotional, and otherwise. This is another card that often signifies new beginnings and great expectations. This is a very powerful, positive omen in a reading. This card reminds us that we have the power to make a difference, in our lives and in the greater world, if we simply make a point to try.
General: You may notice many synchronicities, which point towards deep, spiritual events taking place regardless of the “importance” of their superficial appearances. You should be finding that you have the knowledge, strength, and inspiration needed to meet your challenges. In general this is a very positive time for you.
Work: There will be an improvement in your work/career life. This points to an excellent time to find new work or to ask for and receive a promotion in your current job if that is possible. Particularly if your work is in a creative field, this is a time when your suggestions and work will be met with excellent comprehension and may lead you to “bigger and better things.”
Love: If you are in the market for a new romance, this is a time when you are likely to meet someone new. If you’re in a long-term relationship, the relationship will very likely seem to rise to new, deeper levels of commitment and enjoyment. This is an excellent time to “get out and meet people.”
Health: If you’ve been feeling ill, that will most likely end soon; this card signifies strength and/or the return of strength. If you do have some kind of ongoing health issue that hasn’t gotten better, you may benefit greatly from undertaking some sort of alternative therapy (nutritional counseling, massage, dietary restriction, and so forth.)
Finances: Money should be on the upswing when this card appears – even if no feasible way for this to happen is apparent at the time you do your reading. Something will appear that will allow you to make more money, whether this is an idea, a chance to do some work “on the side” or even a new position. Have faith in yourself and your ability to succeed.
Spirituality: This is an excellent time for you to undertake some form of spiritual study that you’ve thought about in the past but haven’t had the opportunity to pursue. You would benefit, also from discussion groups that are spiritual in origin. A spiritual teacher may appear in your life now. This person will be an excellent mentor and will help you to have a “new lease on life.”
The Magician Reversed
Introduction: Even when reversed, the Magician is about making higher – and better – use of all of one’s power. The reversal, however, can indicate that one is hesitant about making the necessary changes in order to use their power in a more spiritual and more effective manner. Consider what it is that you are afraid of. Is it that others may not like “the new you?” You’re right, they may not. However, this is no reason to not step into who you really want to – and are meant to – be.
General: When the Magician shows in reverse, you may be overlooking the synchronicities, which could be pointing you in the direction you most want to and need to go. Again, when this card is reversed, you could be doubting yourself unnecessarily and causing yourself (and those around you) problems as a result.
Work: Receiving the Magician in reverse can indicate a resistance to needed change when it comes to your working life. The truth is that nothing stays the same forever, change and newness is a part of life. Don’t cling to the past.
Love: The Magician reversed can indicate that you are losing faith in your ability to find, attract, and keep new love, if you are single. This attitude must be stopped – now, in order for you to be successful. In a committed relationship, this card in reverse can show a hesitancy to talk about what it is that you really want and need. It’s time to be brave and to communicate these things.
Health: The Magician, even in reversal, is a good signifier for improved health. Take good care of yourself, and seek medical counsel if you need it. Believe in your body’s ability to heal itself. You are likely to be feeling much better fairly quickly.
Finances: When the reversed Magician appears, it can indicate feelings of helplessness and of being “stuck” when it comes to money. The truth of the matter is that you can make changes, and you can improve your lot in life, if you will try. If you do what you have always done, there is no doubt that you will basically get what you have always gotten. Think about changes and new ventures that you could try. You may find that they are far more successful than you’d expect.
Spirituality: When this card appears reversed, it indicates a need for new experiences and perspectives and even new input into the way you think about and function with your spirituality. It’s okay (and in fact, it’s desirable and healthy) for your spiritual approaches and thoughts to change over time. Try new things. Talk to people who see things differently than you do. You will both benefit.