30 The Illusionist Archetype


Upright Meanings: boredom, feeling trapped, rebirth, confined, uncertainty, lack of direction, self-limiting, reversal, change, needing release, improvement, suspension

The Illusionist generally shows that you are at a crossroads – one with only two options i.e. in or out, up or down, yes or no. You may find yourself very much wanting to do ‘something’ but having no idea what it is or how to do it. If that happens, that’s a clear sign that you should stop, relax, and look at ways that you might need to let go of attempts to control life/situations/people/things.

Reversed Meanings: discontentment, useless sacrifice, false prophecy, unwillingness, impulsiveness, apathy, disinterest, stagnation, negative patterns

Including when it comes up in reversal, The Illusionist generally shows a life or situation at a crossroads – one with only two options e.g. in or out, up or down, yes or no. This is not a time to attempt to control people, outcomes or situations, it is a time to look critically at yourself and your options, and to be deliberate in your progress. If you do not know what to do, at all, its often a clear signal to do nothing.