The Magician has to do with personal power – your ability to use the resources at hand to create results in your life. Much of life is subject to outside forces and factors outside of one’s control, but the Magician represents an individual’s power to influence the things they can. Often, the person is very unaware of how much potential and opportunity there is for real change. The Magician is a reminder that one’s potential to get the results you desire is actually more vast than can be imagined.
When you pick the indigo chakra meaning with the magician card, then there is the availability of the desired results to the people. The availability of the opportunity is immense for the people. As a result, there is the availability of the desired outcomes for the people in real life.
The Magician is resourceful, intelligent and innovative. The Magician sees and exploits opportunities that are invisible to other people, using his understanding of how the world works. He relies on ingenuity, intuition and creativity to spark genius solutions to intractable problems. He uses every tool he has at hand to skillfully to get what he wants. Any kind of modern technology falls under the domain of the Magician. For example, I personally associate the Magician with electronic devices like cell phones or computers!
Using tarot as a tool for divination and then applying the information garnered to affect a tangible result in one’s life is an example of the Magician at work. Unlike the High Priestess who is more contemplative and spiritual, the Magician represents logical, applied intuition using expertise in the tools at hand.
The Magician can also represent talents, skills, and intellectual resources that are above and beyond the average person’s. He is a quick learner and has a facility for catching on in a way that is ingenious, a kind of savant or genius in a particular area. When you pull the Magician, know that you have talents and gifts available that should be put to use so you allow yourself to shine.
The Magician can also represent excellent powers of communication and charisma. He has a way with words – talking and writing are his domain, especially of the persuasive type. He knows how to move a crowd. Magician type people are excellent public speakers and can use their communication for good to inspire and inform. They also enjoy talking, debating, and influencing others to their point of view. He is good at crafting a persona and would be excellent at marketing.
On the negative side, depending on intentions, the Magician’s skills for persuasion could be charisma or it could veer off into manipulation. A Magician shows you what he wants to see and since he has such an understanding of human nature and the power of illusion, he can easily mislead intentionally. A negative Magician can also be a kind of snake oil salesman who is all show but no substance. If the Magician shows up negatively in a reading, be on the lookout for promises that entail more than can realistically be delivered. Don’t let someone pull the wool over your eyes!