Transmutation with The Magician in Tarot

There is quite a bit of psychological, metaphysical, magickal, and medicinal wisdom we can gain from using tarot cards. Let’s explore The Magician from tarot’s Major Arcana. Gaze upon the rich and magickal imagery of the magician for a moment and really gather your first few impressions. Take in the beautiful plants hanging above his head as he points one hand to the heavens and the other to the earth. A table lays before him with a pentacle, chalice, sword, and staff laying upon it. Beneath him are flowers as well. There is so much growth above and below him. So much to be learned and experienced. He is balanced in this world and the world beyond. Does his position look familiar? Perhaps with another archetypal or spiritual figure?

Here, let's take a look:

Baphomet, the god that symbolizes balance, is also positioned the same way as the magician. The magician teaches us that balance is key and to all things there is balance. There is no-thing or no-one greater or more powerful than us. There is no one gaining more or less than us. All is happening according to the natural balance. All things in, of and even beyond nature have purpose. When we can see the world through that perspective, we can achieve real deal magick. Seeing all as useful, purposeful and magickal.

The Color Red

There is a great deal of red in this card. Red is a color that sparks life, hunger, energy, passion, and activity. It gives a boost to where there may be sluggish energy. The Magician is a master of his/her own energy and directs it confidently. The red flowers even show growth, expansion, and a rising in energy. Directing one's energy and focus in a controlled and confident way.

Flowers Above and Below The Magician

The magician walks in between the worlds. This realm and the higher realms. The flowers growing above and below the magician symbolize spiritual and material growth.

The Infinity Symbol

If you look closely, you’ll notice the infinity symbol above the head of The Magician. The infinity symbol has long held its energy and symbolism of balance between the masculine and feminine energies. Going back to Baphomet for a moment, Baphomet is also seen as a masculine and feminine deity, representing the cosmic whole brought together in unity between the two divine forces of nature. The Magician also brings this energy with it, teaching us to not fight our inner nature, but to embrace it and find infinite structure and equilibrium. Without the masculine and feminine, life could not be, magick and manifestation would cease. The infinity symbol brings these forces together, and the magician helps us direct them towards powerful manifesting!

As Above, So Below

As you can see, the magician is seen with one hand to the heavens and the other to the earth. The concept of as above so below can mean so many things. What does it mean to you? Simply put, it means that whatever happens in the astral or spiritual, manifests in the physical and vice versa. That all things that occur in one body of reality happen in all the others. Manifestation and magick are multi-layered and multi dimensional.

The Table of Elements

The table below The Magician depicts representations of the suits of the tarot, or the four elements. The pentacle (or disc) represents earth, the sword represents air, the staff (or wand) represents fire, and the chalice represents water. The Pentacle symbolizes the body, the sword represents the mind, the staff represents one's inner drive or direction, and the chalice represents the emotional body. Bringing these elements together, the magician shows us how to be an alchemist of our own life. Taking all the elements of our own lives and learning how to transmute and transform them into golden and magickal experiences.

Number 1

Number 1 is the numeric energy connected to the magician. Emerging from the void of creation (The Fool) card before it, the number 1 in The Magician card symbolizes oneness, wholeness, individuality, and independence.

Planetary Correspondence

The Magician is ruled by the planet Mercury; planet of communication, speed, thought processes, and adaptability. The Magician represents the fine interconnectedness of spirit and matter. Of breath and being. The Magician reminds us of our innate ability to travel inward for inspiration and spiral outward into manifestation! That our thoughts, words and actions are all powerful vehicles for miracles and that we should communicate clearly with the world around us if we are to co-create happily with it.

The Magician's Magick and Medicine

Transmutation—the definition of transmutation is the ability to change from one form, nature, substance, or state of mind to another. Transmutation is using what you have and being able to find the ability to shape and form it into something else. Rather than give up because something isn’t as you think it should be, you can utilize The Magician’s power and medicine to transform it into anything. Sometimes we get so locked into this state of force and expectation, rather than adaptability and flow. The Magician will guide you to feel your way through rather than force your way through life. You are the creator of your own universe. Your words, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors are all manifesting your reality.

Working with The Magician

Contemplative Questions from The Magician

  1. Are your thoughts, words, feelings, and behaviors creating a healthy reality for you?

  2. If you knew you could do anything what would you do first? Where would you start?

  3. In what ways can you be more resourceful and use what you already have around and within you to manifest your dreams?

Meditate with The Magician

Sit or stand (whichever is comfortable for you) and light a red candle. Raise one hand up to the heavens and the other to the earth below you. Gaze upon the imagery of The Magician or hold its imagery in your mind as you close your eyes. Reach out to The Magician, contemplative questions in mind. Breathe deep and center. What guidance does The Magician bring to your psyche, heart, and soul? Hold this space between you and The Magician for at least 5 minutes. When you’ve drawn the wisdom and guidance necessary from this card, bring your hands to your heart and receive it. Really ground it into your body. Return to your normal routine when you feel ready, carrying this message from the magician with you. I am so excited to see what journey The Magician takes you on for this cycle! If you have questions, comments or need any support during your transmutation process, feel free to email me at If you’d like a personalized tarot reading, feel free to email me to book your session. I am available Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm Eastern Time! If you’d like to take my Practical Tarot self paced course, click here to grab more information!


This piece was written and contributed by:

Jennifer Pennington PhD.

Holy Shift! Tarot

Jennifer Pennington is a registered Minister, Metaphysician & Holistic Educator in the state of Pennsylvania. She has traveled all throughout the tri-state area and wherever else the divine Mother & Father have guided her so she can share her love of EveryBody Wellness Practices.

In her free time she enjoys visiting her local bookstore, farmers markets, thrift shopping, cuddling her kitties and watching supernatural horror movies with her husband, Brian.


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