Have you ever felt that glowing, shining moment of action? Where you've prepared every tool – your plans are carefully laid out, your hand is at the ready, and you know you can complete the tasks set before you with ease. You cherish that blissful moment, just before the work begins, almost as much as the work. This is what the Magician represents.
On the face of the Magician card we see a man standing in a simple yet regal robe, holding a white wand aloft. On a table in front of him, we see he has every tool from each of the suites – a cup, a pentacle, a sword, and a staff (for the wands suite). All around the man, above and below, are beautiful blooming flowers – roses and daffodils, precisely. The look on the man's face is one of gleeful determination – he's ready to do what needs to be done, and he's happy to know that he can do it.
The Magician card deals with that magic moment where the only thing left to do is act. When it feels that the universe has conspired to bring about this moment, you have nothing left to do but to follow through with it. Everything is prepared, whether it's been prepared for you or by you. All you have left to do is cast the spell. There's a strength to that feeling, a real and true power that can course through you and leave you feeling energized and alive.
In our modern society, we often fear work – work is often associated with stress, uncertainty, and exhaustion. The Magician is telling you that the work ahead needn't be harsh. Work can be as smooth and strong as... well, magic. We also tend to lead our lives blind: many of our days go by unnoticed, and we'll go to bed wondering what it was we really did that day. The Magician calls on you to be conscious of the work that needs to be done. If the preparations aren't in place for your work, the Magician is saying that all the plans need to be carefully laid out before you can continue further.
When you see the Magician in your readings, it's time to ask yourself a few questions. What are you working on? What are your tools? Are they assembled? Are you feeling centered? Goal-driven? Do you know what you're getting yourself into? Can you allow yourself to feel powerful and strong, or are those feelings you are afraid to experience?
The Eight of Pentacles is a very similar card to the Magician – it speaks of doing the work, and not being afraid to dive in head first. The Eight of Pentacles could very well be considered the card that comes after the Magician – the Magician is poised to begin his work, while the man in the Eight of Pentacles is already working. When it comes to the powerful energy of the Magician, we can see the Chariot shares a very similar energy. While the Magician holds his wand up high, the driver of the Chariot holds tight to the reigns of his beasts. Both cards demand a type of leadership and assertion of willpower.