Make it happen – The Magician

I can’t believe I’ve been writing this blog for months now, and I’ve not even mentioned one of my all-time favourite cards:

Card number one: The Magician

Exciting, clever, sexy magician with her clear, focused gaze and miracles popping out of her fingersThe Magician looks you square in the eye and says ‘You. Make it happen. You have the power.’ Holding one arm up high she acts as a conductor, willing lightening to strike, harnessing all the powers of the universe and shooting them down to the ground on which you stand.

Make it Happen - The Magician tarot card

The Magician, by Julie Hagan Bloch, from the Artist’s Inner Vision Tarot

The Magician is the card of will.

Manifestation of will. It ain’t all robes and magic wands and floating infinity signs. It’s about knowing what you want, and focusing on making it happen. The Magician says you have everything you need to do this, pointing to your resources which are laid on the table before you.  You hadn’t even noticed they were there until now, but here they are: your emotional intelligence and your physicality, your intellect and your inner fire. You combine these with a little extra power from Out There and blammo. You got your magic.

So what the devil is this universal power thing? A very strong coffee? An energisingly sunny day or gorgeous clear night? Possibly. But it’s also about concentration, and intent. It’s about knowing, truly knowing, what you want. It’s about a particular type of self-confidence, the sort that I guess you see on things like The Apprentice and in stories of people who made it big because they really believed in what they were doing. It’s amazing how far that self-belief can get you. When you want something so bad and you really believe you can achieve it, you sort of block out the noises and voices and thoughts that tell you you can’t, you focus right in on that task and you don’t let anything hold you back.

Not that I’ve ever experienced this – I’m just guessing here. Well, maybe I have. The best example I can come up with was when I trained as a teacher recently. When I first began I was terrified – I felt like a fraud. I can’t stand in front of people and, like, tell them stuff, who am I kidding?! But I told myself I could and told myself I could and worked really damn hard and pulled out all the stops and didn’t have a social life for quite a time and bingo! I qualified. Top of the class 🙂 Now that WAS a kind of magic.


Irritatingly, like all cards where you achieve something by actually doing stuff, this one gets put in the ‘masculine’ camp.

It’s like, when people aren’t busy saying that The Emperor is the ultimate masculine thing, they say it’s this card. Even good ol’ Joan Bunning calls The Magician ‘the archetype of the active, masculine principle – the ultimate achiever.’

WTF? Why can’t we stop at ‘the archetype of the active’? Why must activity always be about masculinity, or masculinity be always about activity? Knowing far more female miracle-workers, manifesters of will, or magicians if you will, I never fail to be astounded by the stupidity of the masculine/feminine active/pasive dichotomy. I know I’ve rambled on about this before but it really does drive me doo-lally.

So for your enjoyment, I’ve compiled a little gallery of lady-like magicians for you here:

1magicianbuffypaullee The Magician tarot card

From the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Tarot by Paul Lee and Rachel Pollack

1magiciancrimson The Magician tarot card

From the Crimson Tarot, by Kirsten Desdemona Bramstedt  

1magiciangoddess The Magician tarot card

From The Goddess Tarot, by Kris Waldher

1magicianspudsonfire The Magician tarot card

By Spudsonfire on Deviant Art   

1magicianchristinadfolkers The Magician tarot card

By Christine D Folkers  

1themagiciansilverera The Magician tarot card

From the Silver Era Tarot, by Aunia Khan and Russell J Moon


From the Barbie Tarot by Michelle Erica Green


This last one is actually The Seer from the Wildwood Tarot (illustration y Will Worthington). This card is aligned with The High Priestess. But she looks like a magician to me and she sure seems to be embodying that active principle so I’ve popped her in for your viewing pleasure.

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  1. Lara says:

    I’ve felt better, even good, about masculine ideas since I decided/heard of them being just the active, outward expression, whereas ‘feminine’ would be the receiving, opening idea… and receiving is what you do after you do the active intention, so it’s very complementary, and makes me happy to think of like this.

  2. Kaite Ewing says:

    For my entire life my father has said to me, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way. You always seem to just make things happen.” My life path card is the Magician. It appears in every reading I’ve ever had done professionally, and appears frequently in my own personal readings. It is my card. And I love the insight I’ve gained from reading your thoughts about it. Thanks. 🙂

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