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What does the Magician card mean?

August 16, 2016

RWS2.0 MagicianHere is a pithy meaning for the Magician.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

We can only see in others the things we are able to recognize in ourselves. If we are selfish, we see selfishness. If we are loving, we see love. Similarly, we find in the world what we find in ourselves.  This all reminded me of the above quote, which is generally attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. However, I have discovered that Gandhi did not say those exact words. What he did say was aligned with that sentiment though. It just wasn’t as pithy. Here is what he did say:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.

(I found this expanded quote here.)

Note that Gandhi’s more extensive quote has a very “As Above, So Below” sentiment, and that is why I have associated this pithy meaning with the Magician card. Nevertheless, I could see an argument being made for associating this with the World card as well.

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Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot eBook and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page!

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