What is a wizard?

The word of course comes from “wise” and has its roots in Anglo-Saxon.  It dates back to a time when philosophy and magic were not considered different. First let us dispel the Harry Potter idea of a wizard, as one who casts magic spells and waves a wand about to make the dishes wash themselves.  No, a wizard may believe in magic, and perhaps practice a sort of  “magic”, but their primary focus is not to be a magician.

Those who would call themselves wizards must first and foremost cultivate wisdom, and serve the Light.  It is a mistake to study magic without acquiring wisdom. Those who lack wisdom see only their own ego, and know only to serve themselves and not the greater whole.  This is why the study of magic for the sake of magic leads to the dark side.  But, when one serves the Light, one studies the Universe, one studies the Great Spirit, one studies oneself, and human nature.  By following this path of Light, one does not become a practitioner of magic, one becomes magical, or one becomes a vessel through which the magic, or energy, or poetry, or spirit of the universe expresses itself.

What does it mean to seek wisdom? What is wisdom, and how is it different from intelligence?  Wisdom is a deeper knowledge than intellectual knowledge.  It is a knowledge that you won’t find in books.  In part, it is knowledge gained from experience.  Life teaches us many lessons, and as we learn them we grow in wisdom. But wisdom is also  learning how to learn. And certainly, moral knowledge.  But it is also knowledge of the great truths of metaphysics.  It is self-knowledge, knowledge of one’s identity as a part of the universal energy.  Knowing oneself as a soul, a permanent (and much loved) part of the eternal Universe. Knowing that one has lived many lives, and will live many more.  That we are learning and growing here on Earth, developing in consciousness, and, yes, wisdom, for many lifetimes.  This knowledge of the truth of yourself leads to appreciation of meaning in life.  One sees life’s challenges as soul lessons.  This leads to a light-hearted nature.  One looks always for the positive in others and the world, knowing and trusting that everything is unfolding exactly as it needs to at any given moment.  Trusting the process of life leads to greater stability, composure, and grace.  It also leads to better regard for other people.  One sees others as offering something of value, one looks to them not as a nuisance, but as fellow beings on the same journey.  Indeed, true wisdom is to love your neighbor as yourself.

 But a wizard must have an inquisitive and independent mind.  It is not enough to accept the answers that someone else has found.   A wizard eschews dogma. Each wizard is on a never-ending quest for knowledge.  And by its nature, it is a process of questioning and testing the universe to probe its secrets.  A wizard is part scientist, part mystic. I think it is natural for us to see a wizard as a scientist, since people like Einstein seem very wizardly.  It is harder for those of us in the Western world to see that a wizard is also a mystic, and a shaman. A wizard recognizes that all paths of learning exist to provide a way for the souls who are taking that path to deepen their understanding.  Therefore, all paths of learning have merit and value.  The deeper understanding is that the existence of separate paths is a reflection of the fragmented culture in which we live. Each path of learning represents but one aspect of the whole self.

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