Of the four soul groups, no one is as misunderstood as that of the Wizard. In antiquity, people feared Wizards because of the power they wielded, not understanding their true purpose. The Wizard Soul seeks to manifest conscious creation in the world of affairs. While this is true to some extent of all the four soul groups, it is the Wizard that has specialized in this task. A wizard seeks to create, and to create consciously.
All four soul groups work with magic to some degree. While warriors use magic to defend, thieves to entertain and enlighten, and priests to inspire, Wizards work intensely with magic in what is known as the creative process. Wizards are the builders; the carpenters if you will, of reality. In their early stages of development, Wizards tend to create haphazardly, sometimes with seemingly little regard for the consequences of their creations, reaping karma for their later lessons along their path. As a wizard evolves into a mature soul, s/he seeks to clean up his or her own vessel of expression so as to manifest clearly his or her intent.
Much of a wizard's time during the middle stage is spent in laborious studies and ritual practices, not to learn "spells" but to purify their own bodies (physical, astral, and mental) to better align them with their Soul. Because of this time-consuming effort, many Wizards along their path pick up the erroneous idea that they must be solitary; unable to work with or interact strongly with others. This erroneous concept has led to many a lonely Wizard who became disgusted with their life's work and chucked it right before they were about to make a breakthrough. In truth, Wizards need human companionship and interaction far more than do some of the other Soul groups; they thrive on human interaction. When they are isolated, they tend to numb their pain with alcohol and other chemical substances, or revert to destructive behavior patterns and vengeful actions. Thus you see the rising of the "black adept," the wizard who creates solely out of the separative will aspect, usually to get revenge upon his or her "enemies" or to garner a degree of power that they feel they have given up or lost. Such wizards must repeat these lessons until they have concluded that the path to evolution stems from conscious co-creation using the Divine Will aspect.
Highly polarized in the Astral and Mental Planes, Wizards are naturally drawn to mental rather than menial activity. The fields of art and music are rife with Wizard souls, who find outlets for their immense creative potential there. There are many wizard inventors as well as teachers and healers. Wizards in general do not seek to become leaders; they leave such tasks to warriors and priests. A Wizard will become a great leader only under dire circumstances or when others need his or her aid in creating consciously via a group dynamic. However, because of their dynamic natures, Wizards quite often achieve positions of fame.
Wizards have throughout history tended to be the dominant force in the field of Music. Both composers and lyricists, they understand intrinsically the relationship of music, vibration, and creation. A wizard musician is not interested in getting a point across like a warrior, or entertaining like a thief, or delving deep into philosophy like a priest. Wizards use music to alter their surroundings and the level of consciousness of the beings around them. If this is accomplished by the instrumental portion, fine; if by the lyrics, that's fine as well. A Wizard is less concerned about musical statements as s/he is by technique; using music to transcend ordinary reality and thus raise the level of consciousness of their surroundings higher and higher. You will recognize music created by highly evolved Wizards because of its transcendent quality; seeming to reach beyond the boundaries of time and space.
There are far too many Wizard musicians to list all here. The most noteworthy of them are: Beethoven, Pachelbel, Paganinni, Mozart, Rachmanninov, Tchaikovsky, Jenny Lind, Cole Porter, Bobby Darin, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys), John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Phil Collins, Sting, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards, Leon Russell, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Roger Daltrey, Siouxie Sioux (the Banshees), Bono (U2), Kenny Loggins, Jim Croce, Jimmy Buffett, Basia, Neil Diamond, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Plant, Jim Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Bruce Springsteen, Marshall Tucker, Toni Braxton, Gordon Lightfoot, Carly Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, Melissa Manchester, Cher, MC Hammer, Tone Loc, Krist Novocelik (Nirvana), and Yoko Ono. Wizard-based bands include Tangerine Dream, Jethro Tull, Blue Oyster Cult, the Guess Who, Alan Parsons Project, Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young, Hall & Oates, Manhattan Transfer, the Grateful Dead, The Beach Boys, The Moody Blues, Cheap Trick, The Doors, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Talk Talk, The Bellamy Brothers, The Human League. Tears for Fears, INXS, En Vogue, The Spin Doctors, and, more recently, Fastball and Sugar Ray.
As performing artists in other media, Wizards tend to prefer back-seat roles. Often taking the role of the supporting actress or actor that everyone loves, a Wizard shines in his or her ability to fit several different characters. Noteworthy actors include: Johnny Depp, Molly Ringwald, Robert Redford, Angela Lansbury, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Duvall, Graham Chapman (Monty Python), Terry Gilliam (Monty Python), Whoopie Goldberg, Bonnie Franklin, Marina Sirtis, Leonard Nimoy, Orson Welles, Vincent Price, Rod Serling, Mel Gibson, Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Tony Randall, Tony Curtis, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Nicholas Cage, Goldie Hawn, Shelley Long, Mary Steenbergen, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Martin Richards, Steve Martin, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, and Tommy Lee Jones.
Wizard artists abound. Ever pushing the envelope of reality, many of them introduced artistic movements that redefined their particular genres. Examples of famous Wizard artists include Picasso, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Monet, Warhol, Dali, and El Greco. Wizards tend to be liberal with using both color, form, and ideas, and prefer art forms that evoke intense emotional responses from their audiences.
As leaders, Wizards will manifest for specific situations only. A Wizard leader is likely to be noteworthy because of the situation surrounding their leadership rather than internal qualities of the wizards themselves. Famous Wizard leaders include: Moses, Solomon, Abraham, Julius Caesar, Caligula, Cleopatra, Jesus Christ, Charles Martel, Queen Elizabeth I, Charles II of England, King Edward IV (abdicated), Queen Beatrix of Holland, Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Disraeli, Woodrow Wilson, and John F. Kennedy. In the worst case, they may manifest to wreak havoc or to shock humanity into a higher understanding of a situation, as with the infamous Wizard Adolf Hitler.
Wizards thrive in the areas of science and invention. However, they must learn to assess the consequences of their creations before loosing them onto humanity. Mary Shelley's story of Frankenstein details the horrific results of creation run amuck; a veritable parable of this lesson. Some noteworthy Wizard inventors and scientists include: Orville and Wilbur Wright, Eli Whitney, Galileo, Nikolas Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, Thomas Edison, Robert Oppenheimer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marie Curie, Maria Mitchell, and Steven Hawking.
As authors, Wizards tend to write both about fantasy and reality; bridging the gap easily between that which is real and that which is unreal. Much of Wizard writing can be quite cerebral; however, Wizards also know how to recount a good tale and, after mastering the forms of words, can be excellent at the art of the pen. Famous Wizard authors include: Eudora Welty, Vladmir Nabokov, J. R. Tolkien, Eugene O'Neill, Neil Simon, Isaac Asimov, Gertrude Stein, Susan Sondheim, Alan Ginsberg, William Faulkner, Margaret Mitchell, Harper Lee, Maurice Sendak, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Blake, Geoffrey Chaucer, Oscar Wilde, Ray Bradbury, William B. Yeats, Marcel Proust, Leo Tolstoy, Henrik Ibsen, William Inge, and Emily Dickenson.
In their later cycles, Wizards are often drawn to the healing professions. Rather than surgeons, Wizards are found as general practitioners of medicine and may even become involved in alternative or holistic practicies. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is an example of a highly evolved Wizard healer, as was Aesclepius in Greek mythology.
Wizards must overcome two different challenges: that of arrogance and of self-deprecation. Arrogance is used in the early cycles of Wizard evolution as a karma-engendering device. As the soul matures, Wizards must guard against falling into the opposite trap of self-deprecation, or the tendency to beat themselves up over the tiniest failing.
Wizards tend to get along best with Warriors, as Warriors provide the needed protection for Wizards to be able to create. Both of them have common goals and methods of serving. Wizards also get along well with Priests because Priests, like Wizards, manipulate magic for the sake of service to the Divine Plan. Wizards may find Priests to be too fanatical or devoted to the status quo, however. Wizards and Thieves both challenge the structures of reality, which is a common ground. However, Thieves are overly ready to destroy the creations of Wizards in order to bring in something new, which may cause considerable friction between these two factions.
Wizard archetypes in mythology include: Merlin, Odin, Gandalf (Lord of the Rings), Vulcan, King Arthur of Camelot, Lord Krishna, and Freyr.
Other famous wizards include: Dion Fortune, Rudolf Steiner, H. P. Blavatsky, Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha), Alice A. Bailey, Katheryn Kuhlman (faith healer), Isaiah, Daniel, Nefertari of Egypt, Pythagoras, Sophocles (greek playwrite), Aristotle, and Oprah Winfrey.
Keyword of the Wizard: I CREATE.
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