The Magician is a Jungian archetype associated with mystery, and transformation. In our contemporary world, one of the best examples of The Magician is Steve Jobs.
He displayed an innate relationship of potential and possibility. A thinker, a weaver, The Magician is a powerful and dynamic archetype with many variants. Often The Magician is associated with the intellect and can easily bridge the inner world of mind and spirit to the outer world of creation and physical manifestation. The Magician usually has charisma and is well-liked and admired by others. The outer expression of the Magician can be seen in the constant learner, the drive to gain knowledge of the outside world and understanding through books, teachers and other formal methods of education. The inner expression of the Magician can be seen in the intuition. The Magician learns from the inner experience of intuiting and then trusting that inner information through action.
MOTTO Anything is possible
GOAL Make dreams come true
Bring visions to life
Create something from nothing
FEAR Addiction Breaking promises
Unintended negative consequences
Martin Luther King thrived on power and legacy. He achieved transformation in a previously unimaginable way. He redefined common perceptions and empowered people to affect change alongside him. Driven by the need to fulfill his vision for racial equality, Martin Luther King can be considered a personification of
The Enlightened Magician will have experienced some kind of initiation, often painful or humiliating, that opens the doors to their own transformation from shadow to light. He thrived with innovation. King re-framed challenges as opportunities. He was able to see possibility, and through inventiveness, and set off a chain reaction.
Goal: To make dreams come true, understand the laws of the universe
Greatest fear: Unintended negative consequences
Weakness: Becoming manipulative
Talent: Finding win-win solutions, imagining a better future
The Stage Magician pictured here is Shim Lin, the all time winner of America’s Got Talent. He is a way to look at this archetype and see it in action. The stage magician uses illusion to create an atmosphere and can be used to distract or give others a false impression. Magicians are dedicated to creating an otherworldly atmosphere where anything is possible. This allows the audience to suspend reality and open their minds to possibilities. Shim Lin, Stage Magician
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” – Carl Jung