The Magician officially starts the parade of the Major Arcana – the hero has been introduced, and now we encounter his first challenge. As the Fool sets out into the world, he realizes that everything is chaotic and not under his control; but since he doesn’t know any better, he tries to change that. That is how he encounters the Magician, who attempts to turn those ideas into reality.
Every entrepreneur or successful visionary’s story is a Magician’s story, from Steve Jobs to Gandhi – to even Jordan Belfort, the Wolf of Wall Street. It’s all a matter of making do with what you have, and concentrating with your entire will to get to your goal.
Even we can channel the power of the Magician into our daily lives! What all Magicians have in common are creative action, self-discipline, willingness to take risks, recognition of one’s potential, and eagerness to start endeavors.
This card speaks of concentration, power, resourcefulness and skill. There’s no cutting corners with this one, because the creative process is a magical mix of both the rational and intuitive processes of the mind. It’s directed intention and action – make, create, change, shape outcomes and transform; focusing, making decisions, and taking the appropriate actions; as well as awareness and resourcefulness.
If the card is reversed or has negative cards around it, it may also reveal shades of hidden potential, manipulation, or too much initiating energy – starting things when others have not yet been completed. The Magician can get too into his mission, becoming overbearing, bullying, with a missionary zeal – or he may become steeped in chronic self-doubt, apathy, fear or even professional trouble.
The traditional depiction of the Magician is as a channel for the higher realms of reality to reach the lower – to turn what is conceptual into something you can see and touch, which you can see by his pointing a wand up to the heavens with his right hand and a finger down into the earth with his left. The dual-tone color of his clothes represents the rational and intuitive sides of his mind, both of which he taps into to translate ideas into the material world. There is an infinity sign or lemniscate on his head, denoting that he has the unlimited power, intelligence and guidance of the universe at his disposal, as well as that this has all happened before.
Interpretation in Various Areas of Life
You know the cliché of “thinking outside the box”? The Magician is called to do more than that – he has to pull a Neo a la Matrix and go “There is no box”! Whether it’s doing something that has never been done before, adding a creative twist to an already existing process, or even pulling rabbits out of hats, so to speak, when paired up with a get-it-done card like the Chariot or a green-pastures card like the Empress, things are bound to work well.
Are both parties being honest with each other? Unfortunately, the Magician also has the tendency to pull things out of hats that aren’t pleasant surprises. If the faithfulness of both sides is not in question, it may mean good things in terms of going through challenges together, like how the song goes in “Don’t Dream It’s Over”.
Is the budgeting in order, are the business partners legitimate and reliable, is no one pulling a fast one over anyone else? A negative Magician can bring some serious damage into a financial situation, but depending on the cards around him, this can also mean an almost miraculous pulling out from a tight corner, or unexpected windfall.
This is the stuff of medical miracles – disappearing cancer cells, rapid recoveries, a comatose patient awake and functioning again despite all expectations. At the very least it is suggestive of a good immune system that won’t succumb to sickness easily. As long as you are sure you are taking the proper steps to maintain your health – since it can also mean that you’re not being entirely true to your regime or are sneaking in too many cheat days in your week.
After you learn so much in your spiritual journey, the question “Now what?” will keep popping up. So you’ve found something that resonates with you, something that you can connect with and integrate into your life’s story… now what? And from there comes in the challenge for you to walk your talk. Let’s see what your journey has taught you so far!