I. The Magician Year

Tarot Card for Your Year:  The Magician Our lives flow in cycles. Each year contains a beautiful energetic flow of awakening, growing, harvesting, deconstructing, breaking apart, and going dormant.  All this is followed by another cycle of reawakening, relearning, regrowth, and then more deconstructing, resting, and on and on. A tarot reading is an amazing tool to help you recognize where you are at in the cycle by connecting you with your inner energy.  Life's larger cycles, made up of multiple years, can be universally applicable to all human experience.We can determine where we are at in that larger cycle using numerology. Numerology and tarot combine perfectly to help us tune into our place in that larger cycle when we pause to reflect and then look forward at our birthday time each year.

To calculate which tarot card is influencing your current year, use the numerology method described below. Simply add your birth day and month to the current year and then reduce the number down to a single digit.  Here is how I added it up for a friend who's birthday is February 27th:

2+2+7+2+0+1+5= 19   then reduce 1+9= 10 then even again 1+0= 1

1 is the number of The Magician.  Therefore, my friend is having a Magician year!  Now what can a person expect during a Magician year?

The Magician Rider Waite Smith deck

A Magician year is one infused with the acts of creation and manifestation. The Magician has an innate power to bring into being anything that s/he is inspired to create. This is a year when you will be able to freshly sense all of life's possibilities, and also decide which of those possibilities to bring into reality. You are capable of giving your life new meaning and direction this year, with a new start in one area or all areas of your life. You will come to recognize your potential and do something with it- make it real, instead of just a feeling in the air around you, like electricity. That potential is magic, and magic is the wonder and power directed by you this year, as The Magician.  You will feel yourself opening up to the universe, to potential, to possibility.  Know that you are the conduit through which spirit manifests in the physical world and observe that channel, you!, in action.

You are ready to take action!  The Magician is concerned with figuring out his place in the world, and is therefore focused on the external. This world is where we do things! You may feel a surge of energy into your life this year as you act as that channel of spirit into reality. You are a lightning rod, channeling inspiration and brimming with enthusiasm. Take note of what you can bring into this world, what you can make real out of this energy, what is meaningful and adds value to your life.  Take action, use your ability to tap into universal energy, and keep yourself open to drawing on as much of it as you need.

The Magician Wild Unknown Tarot

Do not fear that there is a finite amount of creative energy available to you and that you could somehow use up all your creativity.  Do not save it up for a rainy day or worry that you could somehow waste your energy.  Universal energy is infinite, you will never use it all up, so draw more and more in order to grow your creation. In fact, the more energy you channel, the easier it will become to draw on even more as you grow into your power. All creation undertaken with joy and love will add to your life, even if your pursuits seem otherwise "unsuccessful". Success ultimately lies in your willingness and ability to bring joy and love into your actions and intentions. Do not let self-doubt or lack of confidence creep into your experience.  You have the power to make your world into whatever reality you want to create. No one else can do that for you or take that from you.

The number 1 is about new beginnings. This year you will find yourself passionate about starting a new project, or approaching your life in a new way. This could be something you do physically, but it can also be an emotional, mental or spiritual new beginning. This year is all about being conscious of who you are, how you are, what you are, and feeling fresh and renewed about yourself and your life path. Perhaps you haven't been conscious at all of these things about yourself.  Maybe this year you discover that you are totally out of touch with your feelings and start a new emotional relationship with yourself.  Or you may notice that you have been unconsciously sabotaging yourself through your mental processes, so this year is when you begin observing those negative thoughts and eradicating them before they destroy your beautiful essence. Recognizing and realizing your being, your eternal essence, your shining soul that is the real you, may be how you connect or reconnect with your spiritual self this year.  Tending to your total human experience of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual balance can and will begin afresh this year if you stay open to it!

The Magician Deviant Moon Tarot

A Magician year will find you filled with optimism and enthusiasm.  The personal power that is almost tangible around you boasts up your vibrational level, causing you to feel invigorated and pumped on life.  You not only have the desire to manifest a new dream, but also the energy and drive to do it. Magicians are in good spirits when they are following their passion for manifestation. Her/his general attitude is:  "Yes, I can!"  You may find yourself with an increased ability to focus on your goals.  You know what you want to create, you are enthusiastic and inspired, and you are blessed with the ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Feed your increased ability to focus, as well as your higher level of enthusiasm, by taking special care of your physical body. Make sure you are eating healthy foods, getting good exercise, nurturing your body with sunshine and loving touch. The care you show for your external presence in the world will reflect well on your internal being.

As is only natural, the Magician is also extremely resourceful. As you can notice in the tarot card depiction of The Magician, he has all of the resources at his disposal that he needs to create whatever is in his heart.  The Cup, Pentacle, Sword, and Wand are easily within his reach on his table, representing the elements of water, earth, air, and fire respectively. This is everything that he can use to transmute the immaterial essence of an idea, inspiration or desire into physical form.  He reaches up to the heavens where this essence hangs all around us, and points it down toward the earth, toward the physical plane of our material experience. He is a master of the concept of: "as above, so below." He will make his world to mirror his soul. Spend some time at your birthday this year to make sure you reflect on, and connect with, what that soul of yours wants to reflect.

The strong energetic influence of The Magician can be difficult this year if you do not know how to channel that powerful energy.  You may find yourself feeling full of magical forces and energy and not knowing how to direct them or ground them in reality, in the earth.  All that energy in your body can cause anxiety, abusive behavior, madness or just a general unhappiness.  If you feel restless or anxious to grow or start something new, look for appropriate channels for your energy.  For example, if you want to start a new romantic relationship, you need to go on dates and meet people.  Be open to the experience of a new person in your life. Sitting at home alone, telling yourself that you will never find the right person, is the most effective way to stay single and waste your energetic potential to manifest a partner. Remind yourself that you are limitless, instead of focusing on your self-imposed limits.


The Magician is skillful, so s/he can reach for those resources and know exactly what to do with them. S/he has will-power. Not only does s/he take action and begin, but then continues to work hard on all that s/he undertakes. S/he has follow through. This is a great year for starting a huge new project that will take the next 9 years to manifest. The 1 is the first number in the cycle, so if over the year you are struck with a new realization about what you want to do with your life, or more importantly, how you want to live your life, expect that energy to stick around for the long haul and slowly transform you over the coming years.  Perhaps you want to start a business, or go back to school, or change careers. You have all the resources you need now to make a start of it. You will be starting at the very beginning, remember, so see this year as the first building block of your new path.

Watch yourself for signs of hesitation or outright refusal to begin.  Ask yourself why are you resisting that which you truly want? The answer is most likely Fear. Fear of failure, feel of embarrassment, fear of learning, fear of the dark- whatever it is, fear is what holds us back from living up to our fullest potential.  Put fear away! Please begin! The Magician is here to tell you that the time for doubt and hesitation is behind you.  You are ready.  What if there was no such things as failure?  What if the only things we regret are the things that we didn't do, and not the things that we did do? Take a leap of faith, demolish fear, allow yourself to create, be powerful, be The Magician!  If all of this sounds completely impossible, perhaps what you will being this year is the slow demolition of that wall of impossible in your life, so that you can realize what is possible going forward.

Once you do begin, The Magician can then easily grow impatient when projects or plans do not immediately materialize!  Progress may be delayed, or you may have taken on a huge challenge that requires much development over many years. Your next step is to surrender to the process, to the cycles of energy, to being at the point you are at now. This is the place where you start from, each day brings you farther along your path, but where you ultimately end up is not as important as how you get there. Do not confuse your life purpose with your life goals. The purpose of your life is always to bring as much love and joy into the world as possible, to live in harmony with your divinity, to bring your values into alignment with your actions. Your life goals could be anything from having a good job, growing a family, being the President, whatever!  Create, grow, falter, and restart, but go along your path toward your life goals with an open heart full of love and joy for this life, and you will always succeed at your life purpose.

How about you?  Are you having a wonderful, inspired year with The Magician? Or are you wondering what tarot card is currently influencing your year in your life cycle?  Use the method I described above to calculate your current cycle or get in touch with me for a personal reading all about your tarot year card at thewillowpathtarot@gmail.com.  Looking forward to hearing about your tarot year!  Blessings!