Magician

: a person who has the power to make impossible things happen
: a performer who does tricks that seem to be impossible
: a person who has amazing skills

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Magi (n.): c. 1200, “skilled magicians, astrologers,” from Latin magi, plural of magusmagician, learned magician,” from Greek magos, a word used for the Persian learned and priestly class as portrayed in the Bible (said by ancient historians to have been originally the name of a Median tribe), from Old Persian magush “magician.”

Magic (n.): late 14th century, “art of influencing events and producing marvels using hidden natural forces,” from Old French magiquemagic, magical,” from Late Latin magicesorcery, magic,” from Greek magike, feminine of magikos “magical,” from magosone of the members of the learned and priestly class,” from Old Persian magush, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *magh-to be able, to have power” (related to: machine). Transferred sense of “legerdemain, optical illusion, etc.” is from 1811. Displaced Old English wiccecræft (related to: witch); also drycræft, from dry “magician,” from Irish druipriest, magician” (related to: druid).

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.”

Ben Hecht (1894-1964, one of Hollywood’s and Broadway’s greatest writers, actor, producer; won an Oscar for the best original story for “Underworld” in 1927)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0372942/

“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strong conjuration.”

Charles Dickens (1812-1870, quintessential Victorian author and social critic, best known for “Great Expectations” and “A Christmas Carol”)

Bio Source:

www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/dickens_charles.shtml

“Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician.”

Orville Wright (1871-1948, inventor, he along with elder brother, Wilbur Wright, were the inventors of the world’s first successful airplane)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/orville-wright-20672999

“In the war of magic and religion, is magic ultimately the victor? Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer.”

Patti Smith (b. 1946, singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist)

Bio Source:

www.pattismith.net/intro.html

“Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.”

Ouida (1839-1908, pseudonym of Maria Louise Ramé, English novelist known for her stirring narrative style and lack of sermonizing)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Ouida

Meditation

“Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.”

— Ben Hecht

 

In big love and in true love we cannot hide. We have to show up, reveal ourselves, and come out from behind the curtain that cloaks us from our own truth.

Now, as I have written so many times before, that’s not an easy to do.  We have to completely disrobe and let go of our falsities.

In early adulthood, I didn’t know I was living a life of dualities.  I thought I had my life under control.  I had the courage to go to college, travel to Africa, spend a year abroad in Taiwan, move back to NYC and get married.  I was putting one foot in front of the other, hoping that I would get far away from my traumatic childhood as possible.  I didn’t know that I did not have the spiritual tools for self-reflection or self-examination.  To my credit, though, I searched for the answers and sought professional help, but that only helped to a point.

Eventually, my life and body began breaking down.  I could no longer stuff my feelings down and fake it anymore.  I was at the great fork in road, and could see that if I didn’t change in a huge way, I would be a sad and become sick.  So, I stepped out on faith and embarked on an intense life initiation, acquiring the spiritual tools to transform my life and became my own divine magician.

Sojourners, let us dare to pull ourselves out of our perceived limitations and be magicians in our right!

Lovingly Yours, Tonya

 

 

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