The Illusionist Archetype

Upright Meanings: natural born leader, self-centred, motivated, honest, way with words, dependable, confident, optimistic, proud, hot tempered, action-orientated, fearless, good leader, loyal, controlling, noble, funny, charming, lenient, taking control, experience, freethinking, energetic, friendly, passionate, strong, protective

The meaning of the upright position of The Illusionist represents pure energy. Unlike the other wands cards in the deck however, this particular one is not focused on pure creativity. Instead, The Illusionist is actually way more likely to take an idea and to decisively implement it himself. The Illusionist is a natural born leader of people and he is also extremely capable. Once The Illusionist sets for himself a certain aim or a goal, he is going to conveniently stick to it in order to ensure that it becomes a reality.

Reversed Meanings: ineffective, afraid to be different, volatile temper, boorish, unyielding, impulsive, breaking promises, weak, womanizer, not being proactive, nasty, vicious, quarrels, rude, bitter, forceful, bully, tyrant, prejudice, abusive, taking a back seat, undependable, dictator, unreliable, setting a bad example, lack of energy/ experience/ enthusiasm

The negative aspect of the card is associated, as you may guess, with a feeling of arrogance. He can even be rather aggressive in the actual pursuit of his goals, regardless of whether he’s actually conscious or not of it. He wouldn’t show restraint, nor even the humbleness to know when his assistance isn’t actually required.