The Magi and Other Magicians
Every good fantasy story needs a magician. Dorothy encounters the Wizard of Oz. Frodo travels with Gandalf, Harry Potter has his Dumbledore and Arthur his Merlin.
A magus is a wise man, a shaman or a master of the ancient lore. The word “magician” comes from the Persian “magus” the name of the venerable sect of occult, astrologically adept wizards who were Nebuchadnezzar’s necromancers and Cyrus’ stargazers.
Indeed, the magician mentor is a staple character in every hero’s quest. The wise old man or woman offers guidance and supernatural insight. Like the oracles or Tiresias, he or she is a seer and