• Erin

Pattern of Destiny: The Magician

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

Okay, returning to the Patterns of Destiny topic. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to read the below linked introductions to this topic prior to reading the explanation of each card. (Bonus: this will also help you figure out which pattern of destiny and life lesson posts are most relevant for you!)

And credit where credit is due to Mary Greer for the pattern of destiny concept and to Cynthia Hartline for her adaptation and expansion of it. To learn more, check out Greer's Who Are You in the Tarot?

Now that you have the basics, let’s dive in!

I like to use Greer's numerologically-influenced (is that a word?) Patterns of Destiny concept when reading for people, particularly those new to tarot, as Significator cards. Those who are intimately familiar with tarot may have a card, usually a court card, that they have come to identify with more strongly than others and can readily select their own Significator card. But when reading for someone completely new to tarot, I think the concept of using the "birthday card" is a great place to start!

The Magician is the first card that the Fool meets on his journey. I won’t go into too much detail about what the Magician card represents or its associations in this post, but in essence this card is the ego and master of the elements.

If your Pattern of Destiny number is 1, 10 or 19, then you have the Magician as your base personality ("birthday") card. What does that mean?

Magicians are…

  • Mercury energy

  • Able to focus their willpower·

  • Constantly working on themselves and interested in personal development, growth and self-improvement

  • Often skilled orators or communicators

  • Independent; they can and do successfully navigate relationships, but do not need them

  • Similar to Enneagram Type 1

  • "Magical" souls!

The Shadow: When out of balance, Magicians are challenged by…

  • Control issues

  • In extreme, issues related to ego or narcissism

Individuals whose pattern of destiny is the number 1 (aka "straight 1s"), as opposed to 10s or 19s, have the Magician as both their personality and life lesson card. That is to say that these individuals may be more challenged by both the strengths and weaknesses of the Magician personality card than their 10 or 19 counterparts. For straight 1s, the Wheel of Fortune (10) and Sun (19) are shadow cards that still impact them subtly but are not their prime challenge or lesson in life.

Side note: It is very, very, very unlikely you will encounter a straight 1 Magician as opposed to a Wheel of Fortune Magician (10) or a Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician (19) . In order to have this as one's pattern of destiny, the total number from adding the birthday together must equal some multiple of 100 (e.g. 100, 1000, 10000). Most of these individuals passed away long, long ago or will not grace our presence for ages to come.

Aces and 10s are also more significant in readings for 1, 10 and 19 Magicians as they share the same prime number, 1.

Famous Magicians:

  • Rene Descartes - Wheel of Fortune Magician

  • Martin Luther King, Jr - Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician

  • Napoleon - Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician

  • George Washington - Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician

  • Ernest Hemingway - Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician

  • Karl Marx - Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician

  • Leo Tolstoy - Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician

  • Sen. John Lewis - Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician

  • Tom Hanks - Sun Wheel of Fortune Magician

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about the Magician personality. Look for more entries in this series in the future.

In peace & love,


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