When The Magician appears in a reading, he is often telling us that we can achieve whatever we wish to...if we are able to be strong and unwavering in our conviction and have total faith in our abilities. Like a lightning conductor, he holds his wand to the sky in one hand, while pointing to the earth with the other: he is reminding us that passion and excitement, if not ‘earthed’ can burn out. Manifesting the life you want is possible, but it takes an equal amount of skill and unwavering faith in the outcome to achieve.
The Magician is surrounded by flowering plants and garlands, symbolizing that he has not cut himself off from the world to practice his craft; the magic he represents is that of nature, and the wonders of the universe - it is the beauty of the night sky and the bond between friends. He reminds us that we, our own unique selves, have all the magic we need within us.
If The Magician materializes (in a puff of smoke) reversed, then this suggests a blockage: the lightning isn’t reaching the wand, or the electricity is not being earthed. Often, this is a result of our own fears, or doubts, or lack of self-worth. He reminds us to raise our hand, and know our power while remaining grounded at the same time.
Occasionally, this card reversed can mean another person that is wielding power or influence over us. In this case, we can turn The Magician the right way up by becoming aware of all the tools at our disposal, and our innate strength.
The infinity sign is drawn above The Magician’s head, reassuring us that the past, present, and future are all within us, and we are able to manifest them in the form we wish. Yet this is a challenge, too: he stares out at us, inviting us to choose and wield our sigil, if we are brave enough to step forward.