What does the magician tarot card mean?

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The magician is part of the Major Arcana deck of tarot cards.

Card I

The Magician is numbered I, the number of new beginnings and fresh starts. Being number one, the Magician is always in the spotlight, exuding charm and confidence. The Magician is intelligent and has many skills, and bridges the gap between the spiritual and physical worlds. On his table, he holds all four symbols of the suits of Tarot; he connects all of the elements, and this makes him powerful. Above his head is the sign of infinity; he represents infinite possibilities.


The upright Magician symbolises new beginnings, and signifies that you have the strength, skills, and determination to make something great out of a new era of your life. You have the ability to manifest the powers of the universe and make them work in your favour. Maybe you’re starting a new job, embarking on a creative project, or entering a new romantic relationship. Whatever it is, don’t hesitate. You have the power to make it a success.

Reverse Meaning

The reversed Magician unfortunately represents deception and trickery. It is a warning to be careful of who you trust. There may be somebody in your life who pretends to have your best interests at heart, when really they are manipulating you to their own gain. It may also suggest that you have skills and knowledge that are not being used to their full potential, which is frustrating you and causing you to make hasty decisions. Take a step back and think carefully about what you are doing, and how you can make positive changes.

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