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The Magician Motto: “It can happen!”

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H E E A R L I E S T I M A G E S of the Magician were the shaman, the medicine man or woman, and the village witch or wizard. Later we had the alchemist, seeking to turn lead into gold. Still later, we had scientists probing the fundamental secrets of the universe, psychologists studying the workings of human consciousness, and gurus offering to share spiritual success secrets. Most basic to the Magician is the desire to search out the fundamental laws of how things work and to apply these principles to getting things done. The most typical applications of magical lore are to heal the mind, heart, and body; to find the fountain of youth and the secret of longevity; to discover ways to create and maintain prosperity; and to invent products that make things happen. Perhaps the most famous Magician in Western culture is Merlin, who looks in his crystal ball and predicts the potential for Camelot. Aware, however, of the counterpotential for doom, he extends his energy to ensure the most ideal outcome. He does this, in part, by talking about his vision for a peaceful and just society, developing his talents (as legend has it that he did with King Arthur), and crafting or finding magical objects (the Round Table, Excalibur, the Grail) that support desired values of community, valor, and enlightenment. In the process, he also studies astronomy, natural science, and engineering. 140

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