A key aspect of reading your own tarot is interpreting cards. For a beginner interpreting a single card can be fine, as there are plenty of resources to help you out, however interpreting two or more can be very tricky.
However, if you have been practising single card readings for a while a 2 card spread will be a great introduction into reading multiple cards.
As you’ve found this page, you’re probably wondering how to interpret the The Magician card and Death card together in particular.
The The Magician card and Death have unique qualities and will interact with each other in different ways depending on what kind of reading you are doing.
What does The Magician and Death mean together?
The Magician tarot card suggests that I need to be focused and creative in order to turn my visions into reality. I need to be inspired and take action in order to make the changes I desire. The Death tarot card suggests that big changes are coming, that it is time to move on and rebirth myself. This could mean transformation in my health and my relationship.
The meaning of the cards will depend on what kind of reading you are doing and the question you asked the deck. This is a guide covering the general meanings of the cards and how they relate to each other.
Common 2-card spreads
Whilst it’s great to know who these two cards interact with each other, it’s important to note that the meaning will depend on the context of your spread
The most common 2 card spreads I recommend to newer readers are:
- The 2 card cross (otherwise known as “The Fool’s Journey”)
- The 2 card “Yes or No”
“The Fool’s Journey”
Setup: The two card cross is where you place two cards face up, one placed vertically and with one laying horizontally over
Interpretation: The 2 cards represent a “situation” and a “challenge”. The first card will describe the situation you are in with the second horizontal card being the “challenge” crossing you (literally crossing you in this case!)
Reading: Using the overviews in this guide is a great way to start. First, look at the meanings of the 2 cards, and see how they might relate either as your “situation” or “challenge”. Once you have that you can look at the general overview for how the two cards interact with each other.
The benefit of this spread is that it can give clarity when you’re feeling uncertain or anxious. Once you have clarity of thought, and a strong idea of what your challenge is you can find solutions to help your situation
The 2 card “Yes or No”
Setup: The 2 card “Yes or No” is where you place two cards face up side by side, whilst asking your deck a “yes or no” question.
Interpretation: Each card in a tarot deck has a “yes” or a “no” meaning. Look at the meanings of each card, and you will have your answer.
The benefit of this is you get a stronger yes or no compared to a single card draw. You may find you often get a mix of “yes or no”, and this is fine. It simply means there is doubt, or things are not yet clear.
Yes or No meaning
Things are a bit tricky for this combination, as The Magician and Death mean different things. The cards are unsure about your question, or the answer to the question has not yet been decided.
The “Yes” and “No” meanings can differ from reader to reader. The meanings here are based on what I believe are the generally accepted definitions.
What does The Magician mean?
The Magician Tarot card is all about taking focused, creative action to turn your visions into reality. When it comes to health, this means taking care of yourself both physically and mentally in order to achieve optimum wellness. It also means being proactive in your approach to health, and not simply waiting for things to happen to you. Financially, The MagicianTarot card suggests taking charge of your finances and making smart, informed decisions in order to achieve financial stability and security. It also means using your talents and abilities to create abundance in your life. In relationships, The Magician Tarot card suggests taking the initiative to create the kind of relationships you want, and being open to new and exciting possibilities. It also means being honest and authentic in your interactions with others, and being willing to put in the work to make your relationships thrive.
What does Death mean?
When The Death card appears, it signals that big changes are on the horizon. It’s time to let go of the past and move on to new beginnings. This may mean ending a relationship, quitting a job, or moving to a new location. It’s also a time of rebirth and transformation, so don’t be afraid to take risks and make changes in your life. The Death card can also indicate financial difficulties, so be careful with your spending and be prepared for unexpected expenses. In terms of relationships, The Death card suggests that it’s time to let go of any toxic relationships and start fresh with a clean slate.
Understanding how the meaning of a reading changes once you start involving more than one card can be tricky. This will come with time and practice, however I hope this guide on what your cards might be telling you when you draw The Magician and Death has helped you.