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 The Tower card together in particular.
The The Magician card and The Tower 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 The Tower mean together?
The Magician tarot card means that I am able to focus my creative energy in order to bring my visions to reality. I am able to take inspired action in order to make things happen. The Tower tarot card means that I may experience some unwanted change in my life, but I have the strength to overcome it. It also suggests that I could experience some sort of ruin or disgrace, but I will be able to overcome it.
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 The Tower 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 can symbolize turning your health goals into reality. It is a reminder to focus on your intentions and take inspired action towards your health goals. This can be a powerful card for making healthy lifestyle changes, such as starting a new exercise routine or commit to eating healthy. The Magician can also indicate financial abundance and success. This is a time to focus your energy on manifesting your desires. In relationships, The Magician can represent new beginnings and fresh starts. This is a time to focus on your intentions and what you want to create in your relationship. Take inspired action to bring your vision to fruition.
What does The Tower mean?
The Tower Tarot card can mean many things for a person’s health, finances and relationships. In terms of health, The Tower can represent an unwanted change or an upheaval that can lead to ruin. This could be something as drastic as a major illness or injury, or it could simply be a change in lifestyle that is forced upon a person. In terms of finances, The Tower can represent a sudden, unforeseen expenditure that can put a person in a difficult financial position. This could be something as small as an emergency car repair, or it could be something as large as a job loss. In terms of relationships, The Tower can represent a major disagreement or conflict that can lead to the end of a relationship. This could be something as minor as a disagreement over a small issue, or it could be something as major as infidelity.
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 The Tower has helped you.