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What is a Wizard? (Pt. 1)
What makes a wizard?
The mythology surrounding those who go by the name of wizard is extensive. What I would like to do in this article is perhaps give a slightly different definition of the profession.
First, we start with what a wizard is NOT.
Right off the bat, lets get this out of the way. A wizard is not a religious figure or priest. A wizard is a student of religious and occult knowledge, but also of science, and the many places that these things intersect. A wizard knows that our image of the ultimate divinity is still imperfect, and that all previous divine creatures (Gods, Angels, Demons, Etc.) are emanations of this fantastically complex creature. A wizard cannot therefore teach or preach, because we still do not have a consensus on what we're talking about. At best, a wizard can point the way to questions that he or she has asked in the past and where he or she found answers, if any. The reply you get may be different than the reply I got.
As an aside, please do not fill the comments with revelations about how we "fully understand what god's plan is." Simple. Nor should I be quoted biblical scripture. It's not that I don't believe in it. It's that I believe in all of it. And because I realize that every notion of god in all cultures throughout time is as correct as god knew it would be, I know that the plan is not just that simple. One of the possible outcomes of chaos is order.
The simple fact that we have not learned to love one another "just because" is proof that we need some work. And this applies whether we're discussing our religious, economic, or political beliefs. In it's truest form, having faith means that we accept that the ultimate plan is still working exactly as it was meant to. To every religion on earth, I ask, why does god allow other religions to even exist, let alone flourish? Are these viewpoints we need to become spiritually whole? Would god allow anything that wasn't supposed to happen, happen? And even if things happen that are negative in outcome, do you not think that this is also part of the plan?
This means that a wizard is not a Wiccan priest, or a druid, or even a christian minister or priest, but something entirely different. That is not to say that there are no wiccan wizards, or that being a religious figure precludes being a wizard.(Historically, many great Popes and Rabbi's were known Wizards.) It means that a wizard is something different than these things.
Second, let us differentiate between the real world and fiction. Real wizards do not employ fireballs or magic missile spells to combat goblins in dank dungeons. They do not ride suped up broomsticks with handlebars (Except for maybe astral travel performed by someone with a weird sense of humor). The magic used in wizardly studies is more often closely tied to ritual magic, and is powerful but subtle in its appearance.
Much of this magic is magic of personal and transformative nature. With that said, a wizard who has mastered the secret of existing in the different layers of reality may be able to perform some of these unbelievable feats in other layers of reality. A wizard in astral form, who has learned his or her way around, can perform stunning feats on that plane. Even then, the effect on this plane will be far more subtle.
Finally, a wizard is not a disciple of satan. Stop being idiotic. God created Satan. God makes the rules. Satan does only what God allows. In fact, nothing happens that God does not allow to happen. God knows what the outcome is going to be. Even when it appears that Satan is doing something god does not like, God has allowed it to happen, and for circumstances to lead to this point. Satan, Odin, Zeus, whatever, are only facets of the unimaginable power that is the godpower, and they are all moving inexhorably toward the ultimate completion of god's plan. Besides, among cosmic powers, Satan is a weakling. If I want a powerful trickster archetype to help me complete my work, I'll go with Sun Wukong, Thank you.