The monthly service theme at Seattle Unity Church for October, 2013, is “Magic and Miracles.” Here are the links and players to the music videos, sermon and announcements from Sunday, 10-27-2013, “The Magicians.”
Avary Corey Sings “Wade in the Water”
Linda Michalik Announces Upcoming Fundraiser
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Rev. Lindvig Introduces New Member Ira Hoover
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Erin McGaughan Sings “We All Come from the Goddess”
Rev. Lindvig Sermon “The Magician”
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Troy Wageman Sings “Something’s Coming”
Karen explores a wide range of ideas about the role of the magician both in history, and for us in our everyday lives. She does this in a variety of ways: the origins of Halloween; defining the magician archetype; relating the magician archetype to Jesus; the images on Tarot cards; equating the staff of Moses with the wand of Harry Potter; the role of miracles, the prophet Elijah, Harry Potter, and ultimately, the magic in our daily lives, with key examples.
Important quotations related to this sermon:
2 Kings 4: 1-7 Elijah and the widow’s oil.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
Sallye Taylor: The Magician is a powerful and important archetype within all of us. What you and I mean when we say “The Christ” is an ultimate expression of The Magician.
Varada mudra: Left hand open facing forward. Right hand down facing forward. This mudra symbolizes charity, compassion and boon-granting. It is the mudra of the accomplishment of the wish to devote oneself to human salvation.
Jim Butcher: Magic comes from what is inside you. It is a part of you. You can’t weave together a spell that you don’t believe in.
Unity Soul Food Ministries: Metaphysically interpreted, The Magician, is the archetype of the mystic—of the one who has made a breakthrough to the spiritual dimensions of reality. From the experience the magician/mystic becomes a bridge or channel through which spiritual power is demonstrated. To become container of spiritual power, like Harry and his friends, we must go to Hogwarts. Metaphysically speaking this means we must take time and make the effort to understand the principles of truth represented by the characters in the magician’s story.
John Granrose: “As we have already seen in connection with Hermes and with the Tarot magician, the wand represents the specific power(s) of the magician who possesses it. Its association with the mace and sceptre, however, adds a new dimension of meaning. Using our imagination, we can picture primitive man using club and spear to hunt and to kill and then using these same implements to threaten, that is to attempt to control by intimidation. From there, that is, from the mace, it would be but a short step to the scepter, the badge of office of the chief or king. The trident and crozier would fit the same pattern. One primary use to the wand is to point to something and thus to focus attention and energy on it.
Here’s a definition related to this sermon:
The Herder Symbol Dictionary contains the following entry:
Abracadabra It is a magical word that appeared in late Greek writings and was probably related to Abraxas [the name of the God of the Year]. It was used as an amulet inscription, primarily to vanquish illness.123 In this entry, the origin and meaning of the word is not given. Aryeh Kaplan, however, gives the meaning as “I will create as I speak”