With one hand on the wand, the Magician gazes thoughtfully down at the symbols of the four Tarot suits, contemplating his next move. They are emblems of the four elements, whose interactions create the endless variety of life; and by the judicious balancing of one against the other, enchantment can be brought into the world. The Magician is related to Hermes the messenger, patron of tricksters and alchemists.
Reversed indicates a lack of confidence, vision, and persuasiveness combine to produce confusion and failure; or someone close is playing tricks and is not who they seem. Either way, this is a bad omen for new ventures and caution is urged. It pays to discuss plans with trusted friends.