The Magician Tarot card meaning

The Magician

The MagicianKeywords: Alchemy * Magic * Sorcery * Intellect * Skill * Mastery * Knowledge *Talent

The Magician tarot card meaning

The magician relates to the alchemist. A person who holds a skill or becomes a master of their profession. The card deals with intellect, diplomacy and self-confidence.

The Magician is the first card in the Major Arcana, making this the first step the Fool takes on his journey. We can link this card to new beginnings, taking the first step or becoming illuminated. It is also associated with the planet Mercury, which is the planet that governs thought and intellect.


The Magician holds a staff that is directly pointing up to the sky, signifying the divine intelligence. His left hand points down to the earth and suggests that the Magician has mastered both the inner and outer worlds through bringing forth the power from the cosmos into the earth plane.

On his table,  the four suits are situated and they relate to the universal elements of life. They are, Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

The white robe that he is wearing represents purity and spirituality. Whilst his cloak in red represents the experience he has gained through the physical world and the knowledge that he has acquired during this experience. Both the white and the red theme in the card illustrates the duality that is present in our reality.

Above his head is the infinity symbol, which represents the universe and the never-ending cycle of life. The Magician acts as a leader who has mastered the ability to form a bridge between the visible and invisible worlds.

What does it mean when you draw The Magician in a tarot reading?

When this card is brought up in a reading it can infer a person who has mastered a skill and a profession or someone who has gained insight into a situation. It can also represent someone who has become illuminated and is knowledgeable.

All images in this article are courtesy of The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

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