“Divination is the quest to understand more about the past, present, and future. In other words, tarot readings are an attempt to understand ourselves better and discover how we might live better in the future.”
― Theresa Francis-Cheung, Teen Tarot: What the Cards Reveal About You and Your Future
Number-wise, The Magician represents the beginning of your chosen path. This card contains all the tarot suits: swords, pentacles, wands, and cups. Many readers see this card as a sign that your manifestations are beginning to manifest in the physical realm. The Magician suggests you focus your energy to create your desired reality.
However, this card also says everything you need to be happy and fulfilled resides within you; this card reminds you that YOU are the magic. If you are doing a reading regarding sex, this is a very powerful and assuring card to pull as well.
Past: Your guides are affirming you are more prepared to handle the present and future, but it can also suggest a desire for more control in the current. In the past, you might have handled situations better, but now, because of stress, lack of resources, or burnout, these same situations have you boiling over. If this card appears, figure out what you can change so that you feel more capable to handle certain matters.
The Magician can also symbolize the foundation you have built from all your previous hard work. To put it simply, if this card appears, know that you have done a great job, and continue to incorporate past lessons into the present and future.
Present: In the present position, The Magician symbolizes a new direction granted to you. You might have recently accepted a leadership or teaching position. If you have been afraid to lead in the past, expect that to change soon. Right now your guides are encouraging you to go for it and put in the necessary work. Do not let overthinking and worrying keep you from harnessing this great power. This is an impressive card because it not only gives you the green light, but also lets you know that you are capable and strong. The only thing that stands in your way at the moment is you.
Future: In the future position, this card indicates that your efforts are acknowledged and your rewards are close. Don't get disheartened if things don't move as quickly as you'd like; remember that everything divine happens in divine timing. Additionally, it could be a sign that creativity has stagnated in the past or current energy, however, your drive and dedication will resurface if you begin to alter your actions and mindset now. If you are unhappy with your circumstances and this card shows up, you are being instructed to look within. What is the reason you aren't showing up for yourself? How are you not utilizing your tools to create your reality?
The Magician in this position advises you to go back to the drawing board and develop an appropriate plan for yourself.
*Disclaimer: Reading tarot cards in reverse is totally up to the reader. Many choose not to. There is no right way to do it; go with your intuition. For some readers, a reverse means that the energy of that card cannot manifest into reality due to a block. So if you are someone who chooses to not read reversed cards, you may skip this part; however, if you are that reader, keep reading!
Remember to always be authentic with your spiritual practices.*
The reversed Magician represents a blockage that is causing your manifestations to stall. The blockage may be internal or external. At this time, change might not be the best option because you simply are not ready. You need not worry; we all go through periods of stagnation that require patience and understanding. This card in this position is calling for you to take a pause and work out your self-doubt and concerns.
It could also represent manipulation, or trying to find a loophole rather than commit fully to the task. Here's your warning: Easy things don't last; work hard and reap the rewards.
You are being called to recognize the magic present in your life right now. Release the expectation of having all the answers, and allow the chips to fall where they may. Keeping a close eye on things is always good, but you need to avoid being overly rigid and controlling. You may be too distracted by 3D external issues at this time, making you lose your focus and grounding. As a result, you might feel like a leaf blowing in the wind with no clear direction. You are being guided to unplug, sit in nature, and rediscover your center and purpose.