When I think about the Magician archetype, I think of wisdom, of knowledge, and of thinking. That includes creative thinking, rational thinking, logical thinking, and intuition. And the Magician also knows how to use that knowledge!
But whatever you’re doing, you’re learning what you need to know by employing your Magician archetype – the holder of knowledge, the holder of secrets, the one who knows how to do things. Or who can find out how to do things.
A Video to Introduce The Magician Archetype
However Magician energy goes a long way beyond mere knowledge about how to do things.
The Magician is a discerning and wise man or woman in any kingdom. He or she can advise the King or Queen on the right course of action in any situation, because Magicians have the ability to discern and distinguish between various possibilities.
They also have an ability to work out, rationally, logically, creatively, or intuitively, what’s best to do in any set of circumstances.
And a Magician certainly has a deep intuition about what’s right – as well as what’s needed. That’s why the King relies on his Magician as a wise counsellor.
This is a dynamic which operates within you every time you have a problem to solve. The Magician in you goes away and finds possible solutions and then brings them back to the King or Queen with enough information to inform a clear Sovereign decision.
Magician energy has a mysterious quality of multiplying dramatically when men and women get together in groups to discuss problems. In such situations, as you may know, we often find the power and energy of this archetype multiplied many times over. This peculiarity is the basis of the MasterMind group, which Napoleon Hill described in the early 1900s.
A MasterMind group is a group of individuals meeting together with the intention of supporting each other in finding solutions to problems, or in finding direction and defining purpose. The inspiration people find here is, I believe, the product of several Magician archetypes working in harmony.
The MasterMind group members somehow seem to be in a magical space where their individual Magicians are combining to form a super-computer. The end result has much more computing power than the sum of all the individuals added together.
So there is something mysterious and magical about this Magician energy which we don’t fully understand – and perhaps which we don’t need to understand.
What we do need to appreciate, however, is that the Magician archetype can be detached from human emotional values.
In its extreme form, Magician energy is devoid of emotion, feeling, and compassion. It is just directed to finding solutions or ways of acting.
So a balanced individual – be that man or woman – needs to have a strong Sovereign who can direct the Magician wisely. And the Magician needs to be linked into the Lover archetype so that he or she is not completely devoid of feeling, and doesn’t operate in an emotional vacuum.
We’ve all met people who impress by their “heady” quality – you might say they spend much of their time in their head, or they seem cold, aloof and detached. To me this implies that someone’s Magician energy is out of balance: inflated, too powerful, too controlling, and it isn’t being tempered by humane compassion or Sovereign direction.
The Magician also plays a major part in the Warrior’s duty, in his striving to achieve outcomes, to fulfill his goals.
You’ll see that here – as with all the other archetypes – a blending of energies in a balanced way is the best situation for the smooth running of the Kingdom.
Problems always arise, sooner or later, when one or more archetypes are dominant. Where there is a severe imbalance, the Kingdom or Queendom can fall, descend into chaos, or simply not function very well.
And this, of course, is precisely the point of archetypal life coaching: my aim is to balance the energy in the different quarters of your Kingdom, your personality, so that overall you are truly reaching your maximum potential. In our sessions of life coaching, your own Magician will be fully on board, so we work in harmony to find the best way forward for you as an individual.