Short meaning: A crossroads. An opportunity for constructive change and for you to establish a new, better reality for yourself. You have everything you need to succeed. Capitalise on your skills and creative talents.
In-depth meaning: When The Magician appears it is time for the Subject to make a decision about something big which could set them off in a new direction in life. The Subject has the capability to achieve whatever it is they choose and they should be guided by what they feel inside, not necessarily what is expected of them. This card advises they should do whatever their gut is telling them to.
This card comes up when it is time for the Subject to take some serious steps forward in life. If the Subject is not where they want or need to be and is doing nothing to resolve it, The Magician will appear. When he does, the Subject is forced to face a situation or a decision between their existing lives and a new direction.
Notes on the image: The Magician stands at a crossroads indicating that we have to decide what route or path to take now. There are no clear directions on the sign post, therefore we are required to make a choice with little information. The Magician encourages us to follow our instinct and to use our innate abilities and to summon up those qualities that lie hidden in our psyche.
The Magician is magically manipulating a sword, pentacle, wand and cup between his hands. These objects represent a range of different skills, abilities, tools and resources that we all have – such as intellect, vision, common sense, bravado, and charm – that we can use to maximise our success. The Magician prompts us to think carefully about how we can utilise those skills and resources to achieve the best outcome possible.