In tarot reading, the Magician is the card of manifestation. He represents the development of one's first sense of conscious awareness. In this regard, he has become aware of his own, unique sense of self. The Magician Card encourages one to use their intellect to master the world around them. When he appears in a tarot card reading, he is a card of creation, constantly shifting the energies around him to manifest his desires.
The Magician's counterpart is the female High Priestess. Thus, the Magician represents the masculine while the High Priestess represents the feminine. As a masculine figure, the Magician Tarot Card representations action. Unlike the High Priestess who prefers to go inward to gather knowledge from her intuitive nature, the Magician prefers to explore all that is outside of him. He is naturally curious and is constantly searching for the mystical and secretive elements in the natural world. His goal is to understand all that surrounds him and extremely use this knowledge to master his world.
Tarot Symbolism of the Number 1: The Magician Tarot card is associated the number one. In the tarot card deck, he is the fist numbered card of the Major Arcana. One's represent individuality, creativity, originality, unity, power, knowledge and birth. His symbolic association to the number one references his divine connection to the Divine. Although his goal is to master the physical realm, he still remains tied to Divine Consciousness. In a tarot card reading, the Magician represents the union with Divine consciousness. He is the conscious link between the world of spirit and the world of man.
Tarot Symbolism of the Rose and Lily: The rose and the lily have important symbolic functions in the Magician tarot card. The rose represents the Magician's passion for life. It is a feminine attribute and is often associated to birth and materialization. In this regard, the rose represents the emergence of the Magician's sense of self. Roses can also represent the physical senses. The Lily, on the other hand, has masculine attributes. Lilies represent both the spirit world and the Magician's pursuit of knowledge. In a tarot card reading, lilies represent purity. For the Magician, the lily is symbolic of both truth and humility.
Tarot Symbolism of the Table and Elements: The Table which stands before the Magician is a symbol of concrete reality. Tables are also associated to the number four which representations manifestation. Upon the table rests a cup, sword, rod and pentacle. These are a representation of the four elements. The Magician uses these elements during his process of creation. They represent the Magician's power to master his own skills and manifest his energy.
Tarot Symbolism of the Wand and Infinity Sign: The Wand of the Magician is a symbol of the Magician's connection to Divine Spirit. In one hand he points his wand to the heavens and in the other hand he points to the four elements resting on the table before him. Symbolically, this represents the Magicians ability to use divine energy to manifest in the physical world. In a tarot card reading, the Magician representances manifestation on the earthly plane. However, there is always an exchange of energy. This is symbolically represented by the infinity sign. This exchange of energy occurs between the realm of spirit and the physical world. The Magician has the ability to move between these two worlds. This unique skill enables the Magician to remain adaptable and flexible through any situation that he is confronted with.
In a tarot card reading, The Magician represents the utilization of one's skills. He is a reminder of the power that is within you. He often signifies the need for a self-confidence and adaptability. Please also see the tarot card meanings section to learn more about the Magician.