In this card, we see someone who is often given to trickery and manipulation to get what he wants. He may have some of the power of the upright card, but none of the ethics to prevent him from using his power merely for personal gain. Conversely, this might be someone who is out of touch with his natural power and shies away from it, choosing to be ineffectual rather than responsible for what could potentially happen if he took charge. Real power comes with responsibility to society and to yourself. You were given this power for a reason. It is in your best interests to learn how to use it for the good of all concerned.
In a spread, the Magician (Magus or Cobbler in other decks) is a very strong card that can interact with several cards, the force may cancel out some of them and intensify others.
High Priestess: If the Inverted Magician comes before the High Priestess, it indicates the wrong use of occult power.
Empress: If the Magician comes after the Empress, diplomacy will bring success.
Lovers: If the Magician comes after the Lovers, there is some indecision regarding a new venture. If the Lovers card is inverted in the same position, hesitation will lead to separation.
Wheel: The Magician and Wheel in combination represent an exciting change of profession, dwelling, or direction in life, and are a sign of lasting good fortune. If the Magician and the Wheel are in the fifth and tenth positions in a Celtic Cross spread, there will be a delay.
Death: If the Magician shows up in a spread with Death, the two cards cancel each other out. If they appear in the fifth and tenth positions in a Celtic Cross spread, they signify the cancellation of an event.
Devil: If the Magician and the Devil are in the fifth and tenth positions in a Celtic Cross spread, there will be a delay. In any other positions in any spread, these two cards in combination represent trickery and deceit.
Star: If the Magician comes after the Star, it suggests a happy beginning for a new project or artistic venture.
Moon: The combination of the Moon and the Magician in any position indicates deceit and trickery.
World: If the World appears with the Magician in any position, it negates the World’s abstract qualities.
Five of Swords (Spades): If the Magician shows up in a spread with the Five of Swords (Spades in other decks), it can indicate trickery and deceit.
Seven of Swords (Spades): If the Magician shows up in a spread with the Seven of Swords (Spades in other decks), it can indicate trickery and deceit.
Three of Pentacles (Coins, Diamonds, or Disks): If the Magician shows up in a spread with the Three of Pentacles (Coins, Diamonds, or Disks in other decks), it suggests a solitary undertaking, or entrepreneurship.
King of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs): When the Magician and the King of Rods (Wands, Staves, or Clubs in other decks) combine, they indicate that incredible things are about to occur. Some of them might seem to come out of nowhere.
The Major Arcana
The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana tend to hold the big lessons. These cards carry powerful messages. If you are reading a spread of cards, watch for the Major Arcana. If your spread contains more than 30% Major Arcana, you are in the midst of something big, or beyond your control. If most of the cards in the spread are from the Major Arcana, you might be trying to exert too much control. You might have trouble expressing your feelings, or you might be near your breaking point. A spread without any Major Arcana cards could indicate you are hiding from the truth of the issue, or are in some deep distress. If this is the case, it is important to find someone you can trust to guide you through this period of time. In a spread, focus most of your attention on the Major Arcana. The other cards will be useful for clarifying the situation.
The Number — Ace or 1
It all begins with one, the self.
There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:
- Blocked or Resisted
- Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
- Inner, Unconscious, Private
- New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
- Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
- The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
- Misused or Misdirected
- The Upright Meaning Backward
- A Rectification or Cure
- Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous