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Thoughts on what a (good) wizard is, how to be one or realize that you are one, things that help or hinder this

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here’s video no. 2 in the goddess grotto series

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The putting out of the shingle – at last! I did it. AND wrote a book.

Well today I just finished the painful process of hauling my stuff out into the open. I actually put out that sign tonight when i was sure enough I would have the advertised free book.

I actually wrote that book TODAY! Alright I did quote myself a bit – put in some of my blog posts. But it is 74 pages long, A6 (‘passport’) format, and it is my long-postponed How to be a Wizard. Here is the cover as of last night:



and the back:

Now I’d better wind down for the night… Exciting in a sober sort of way – this is to be a free book for people who call in and meet me at the ark or customers at Cafe Eutopia, a kind of extended ‘business card’ for all I do, especially the School of wisdom and wizardry I guess. Oh and the flow rainbow and Personal Process Profiling service…

So, the best thing in writing the book today i got into what it IS to me to be a ‘wizard’, a believer in the Transcendental Order and synchronicity,  and a would-be Defender of the True West. That is priceless. of course, especially when one has not gone there for a while due to immersion in mechanical details world weariness and a little too much coffee and not enough meditating and exercise….




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The sign – putting it out there before I go mad

Well, it can get crazy when you overthink… What’s the worse that can happen if I put whatever I like out there, for fun, or for love?

So, the simplest one made me smile the most, and it wins, I think (I will sleep on it before printing out poster style in four A3 sheets which together will make a good sized sandwich board). So here it is:

The lightning says more than the words from a distance. This is OK I think… Will put this up at Cafe Eutopia too, of course. And there will be a list of my multifarious services as well.

What do you think and feel upon seeing this? Does it, hopefully, make you smile? Unlimited possibility is indeed all around us and within…. But we need more muses and wizards to draw it out. That’s my story anyway. If you don’t need our services, go be the wizard of your own life in your own way, and godspeed!

Oh, now I need to get that wizardofeutopia blogsite up to scratch, fast! That’s my landing page! 🙂




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A tale of Two Thresholds

(Well more of a sprawling esoteric epic)…

How nice it is to have ‘random’ friends (but there are no true accidents, only more or less obvious synchronicities) who sometimes know you better than those who are so close they only see the (often tangled and annoying) trees. Today I got a third email from an email friend I’ve never met in person, about what she calls ‘name covenants’, and about mine in particular.

I had said this about my name, Peter:

‘it is … intimately associated archetypally with the threshold and doorways. The ancient name Petros …was part of the sacred threshold of temples. AND associated with the gates of dawn, and therefore the rooster – as in the gospels too. I got that i am or can be the ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’. Very like Peter Pan too! He was a psychopomp, leading the children to Neverland. and back – reluctantly!
‘So i guess i need to take my own medicine and know how to go in and out the gates myself. ‘physician, heal thyself’.’

She had said:

With regard to ‘petering out’  – this is how we see it: there are two spirit guardians of a doorway/threshold and also several traps. (And a third beyond, but that one doesn’t concern you until you actually get beyond). They are very high in the hierarchy of things and very dangerous. They mimic the cherubim. One is a spirit of constriction and the other of wasting. The latter one  is in charge of ensuring we peter out. (More especially true of people named Peter.) You probably have fewer problems with constriction or constricting circumstances than other people. (Though maybe not – the wine on the laptop could be a constriction.)
From ancient times, the threshold was the place of sacrifice.
Therefore when it comes to spiritual thresholds – that is, passing through the door into destiny – a sacrifice is required.
Some people actually sacrifice others to achieve their destiny. (And by sacrifice, I don’t mean minor stuff like be a workaholic and ignore relationships to achieve, I mean – make the decision to destroy someone mentally, emotionally or spiritually to get the desired end.) Most people have a sense of the real nature of the sacrifice required and are unwilling to do that. So most people sacrifice themselves, at least partially. This too leads to wasting/petering out.

SCARY! and then this:

For most people in the modern world, the constriction generally seems to be financial. I’m not sure how to describe the thresholds – man-made or daemonic – I’m still struggling to understand their nature. It really doesn’t matter whether you’re independent-minded or not; the crossing of the threshold is about a willingness to make a sacrifice – to pay the price to come into your destiny.
As for what the Bible teaches about thresholds and the covenants governing them, again I’m not sure. I think the idea was so common in ancient times that it is assumed everyone could pick up the references to it. When Jesus renames Simon and calls him Cephas (Peter), I think there’s a multiple play on words – the word is not just rock, but threshold stone in a gateway or doorway …Most Christians take the simplistic view that any problematic threshold covenants were undone at the cross and that therefore no Christian these days suffers from this problem. Which, in my experience, is not the case at all. Christians don’t come into their destiny much, either. In fact, very few do. They suffer just as much from the threshold problem as other people. Mostly I think it’s ignorance that leaves them stranded. And a kind of fatalism (more of a Muslim than Christian kind) about the will of God.’

I replied,

‘It is a comfort to have someone else looking deeper, even gropingly, tentatively, when all the world seems so hasty and surface-dwelling. When there are obviously (to me) things going on beneath the obvious, things that stop us year after year. And you are right – most Christians assume they are exempt. Then they go and live aimless lives, serving Mammon, or man in the form of pastor and the church fashions, while the poor starve outside their gates.

I am for honesty, and reality. If there’s a gate to go through, i like to say so, or be told so. I have seen many people baulk at their own destiny-gates, and retreat in haste lest they go through and walk with God – and confront their demons.
i note that Cephas/Peter when the cock crew denied Christ, ie baulked at following him through the gates of self-sacrifice. Many years later he himself was led away ‘where he would rather not go’, and was crucified – but upside down. hm. hope it doesnt have to come to that!
So many synchronicities at present between these thoughts and my life:
– I am currently carving a taniwha/mosasaur pendant for my brother’s monster movie, called (working title) In Depths Below, with the tagline ‘No-one Wants to Believe’.
– I happen to be changing both thresholds of the Ark where we live and i work: the front door now has a round window in it facing east to let in the dawn light, and the back has a whole wall of window glass closing in the porch, and the double doors are now out at the end of the porch. And where the doors used to be is an interior threshold with a thick board of totara milled from a ‘sinker log’ – donated by a young man who raises these logs from the river where they have lain for 100 years since the logging days. (The finial i carved for the front of the Ark with an owl and celtic knots, is also made from that totara. When i can afford the time i plan to make a rooster weathervane to go on top of the finial…)
When i was just nailing the doors in their new position, i went out the back of the section and saw the sun was an orange ball behind the clouds, just setting behind the hills.
So, thresholds, sunrise, sunset, depths – and monsters from the deep. (Also the Taniwha of that river was said by the Maori to take the form of a log which floated (spookily) UPstream.)
Meanwhile at  cafe Eutopia I finally got round to improving a (sliding) door to the big tent, and put handles on it which it had lacked. And issues at the cafe with finishing, with the lease for the cafe business – covenants, penalties, thresholds, stuckness…
All this time I’ve been attempting to relax enough not to get the migraine which keeps threatening, long enough to get my ‘Wizard of Eutopia – for hire’ sign composed, printed and put out the front of the ark. This is all about ‘coming out’ and being a contribution (serving others as they wish to use me) rather than only ‘building‘ a contribution (in the form of (complex, hard to finish) structures and products I hope they will find inspiring). Quite a lot of inner issues here, think i am working through them. Not easy when you dont know exactly what they are.
One issue is claiming the name ‘wizard’ in the first place – evil to my christian relatives, while charming to many others, who like the fun of finding someone willing to be a stereotype, and do it with conviction. 🙂 Of course I aim to be like Gandalf or Dumbledore, not Saruman or Voldemort (of course!). Gandalf was a steward, of all that was worth saving in Middle Earth, and of the ancient kingship and its return. His life’s work was the ushering in of the new age with the return of the king. Meanwhile I as would-be Wizard of the Epic plan to make a bold foray back into Aeden, revise volume 1 one more time, and then revise vol 4, and the whole will have some completion, even if it is not yet ready to take on the world… That epic being of course the story of the end of the Fourth Age (the one Gandalf ushered in) and the dawn of the Fifth, the diamond Age.
Here endeth the Tale of Two Thresholds.

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The wizard of New Zealand aka Wizard of Christchurch

The Wizard of Christchurch, a well-known local...

The Wizard of Christchurch, a well-known local personality with decades of history. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I finally caught up with another wizard of not, [woops I mean of course NOTE] at his modest web abode here:

I didn’t know he was calling himself the wizard of New Zealand! I suppose this is a little more modest than wizard of Eutopia, come to think of it! One is a little country with a lot of sheep, and the other a borderless possibility for all places and times. No wonder some of (OK, more like all of) the fundamentalists hate the title – though they actually don’t get past the ‘wizard’ word.

It’s interesting to see some cosmological activities, and a tree of life and process philosophy mentioned. Is it tongue in cheek? See for yourself. I feel there is a lot of the (to me) decadent p[ost-modern in his approach to life the universe and everything, but we have yet to interact.

The site is entertaining at least. And he is a photogenic fellow.

The Wizard speaking in Cathedral Square during...

The Wizard speaking in Cathedral Square during December 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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“We’re off to be the Wizard”

I read this phrase in a wonderfully fun and inspiring book called “I Had it all the Time!” by – I’d tell you if i hadn’t lent the book to a new friend who appeared synchronously at the door of the Lifetree Lounge this week. Both the new friend and the author live in Hawaii, and the book appeared in Raewyn’s handbag the day Brent turned up.

One of the main things a wizard must do is practice creating ‘thin places’, as the Celts apparently called them, sacred spaces where there is an agreement to allow the other side, or the level of faery, or the divine, to speak to us and help us become the wizards of our own lives (see my free poster  ‘How to be a Wizard’ on this blog) and so be radiate magic in spontaneous waves around us .

Our current ‘thin place’ is the New Leaf hall, now AKA the Lifetree hall, which was the local church since WWII and then a surfboard workshop, and was  finally tendered off to eutopians peter and raewyn harris. We tried to sell it and the ark for 18 months, and finally accepted there WAS a work to be done here – the Dream was not to die a natural death due to mere lack of money. Some wonderful synchronous meetings have occurred here already, and in this space i am finishing carving the Lifetree game, the round tree-table at which the fivefold process of creation and growth is enacted by the players, using marbles, domes, cards and wands. All problems of life are ‘treetable’ here! 🙂 sorry, i’ll leaf off the puns right now.

So, what is your thin place, and what do you feel the call to create within it? Remember it begins, according to my best knowledge, with BEING. Then that leads to magically charged DOING, and that finally to HAVING the results. How often do we get that order messed up in a lifetime? – and end up needing reminder after reminder from the other side, or our higher Self, or our guardian angel, or wherever you think reminders of that sort come from?

Perhaps the reminders come most often through words spoken through other fallible humans. But they occur to us as the living word of God as it were. I’ll tell you my current reminder. Try this:

What is the one thing that, if you were shuffling off this mortal coil, you would say ‘oh no, i didn’t ever do it!’ Go now, and begin it!

For me it was to teach what i have been learning. To teach the philosophy i have come to know can defragment the divided mind and make it whole and balanced, creative and powerful, as befits those creatures who walk upright between heaven and earth and can join the two, we who can guess at and solve the riddles of ‘Life, the Universe, and Everything‘, and rejoice in the wonder of it all.

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Does the West deserve to be defended?

As it is? No, after reading some of the things my old friend Dr Dave MacFarlane says about his present Ethiopian volunteer experiences – see his excellent though medically skewed 🙂 blog

at the risk of annoying him I will quote from his latest email to me, and then at the risk of annoying you i will quote my reply:

‘If you’ve looked back through [my blog] you’ll see its so different from yours, not much about ideas  and dreaming but about life and death in the third world. I agree – you will see in one of my posts I say the same thing as you but in a different way – about the good that is in western culture. But dont you think it has become a bloated self centred and ugly monstor that is now about to wreck everything? From here thats what it looks like. I read of an american woman, wife of a baseball megastar saying she was angry at God for making it impossible for her and her family to contunue where they were living – God, according to her made the baseball Team in some other city offer her husband more than the team they were already playing in, so they had to move and she was angry at god becasue the home team wouldnt match it –  the other team offered him – for a ten year contract – 256 million US Dollars and the home team a miserly 210 million! How obscene and grotequely out of touch is that woman but not just her the entire baseball culture, indeed the entire US culture that can create so much wealth to waste on a tedious ball game! AND they call themselves “Christian?”

I wonder really if most people are simply not worth the effort, they are just drones that need to be fed and amused and taxed and kept happy in some inane theme park kind of world – give them smart phones and facebook so they can play at being real –  and ignored by anyone who has a dream or a vision or some spark of creativity or genius or just  a bigger view of life and the universe and everything.’

I replied,

thanks for that great, real email, and i did read a fair bit of the blog – i have been thinking about the terribly real issues you face there, also reading about wittgenstein in a biog (Wittgenstein – the duty of Genius) as he chose, after finishing the Tractatus logico-philosophicus, to renounce his huge wealth (he inherited his father’s fortune in american bonds) and live among the poor people in a tiny post-war austrian village in the 20’s. to his horror he gradually realised they didnt want big and noble ideals and to be elevated by algebra and philosophy and poetry, but resented his intrusion into their thick-lipped, heavy-booted peasanthood. i think you’re right – and it has been said before – most are wedded to their low level of consciousness. hence the inanity of facebook – i find its like frowned on to be too real or earnest there. the vibe is keep it light, flippant, offhand, ironic. sure, post the trendy things about occupy wall st., but dont challenge yourself or your friends to actually do something great, and constructive, right here. i have (nearly) learnt not to try and rouse the sleepers, but wait for those who have ears to hear.
even protest is a way of remaining asleep and not doing something positive oneself.

yes the West has become a bloated caricature, and it shows in your third-world mirror in its ugliness. But as you said without what it achieved through the values and truths it once acted by, we would all be third-worlders – but without the aid packages or libraries, let alone the Web. So for me the thing is not to attack the bloated sick body, but go for the head, to try to remind it of the truths which once animated that body. And to re-imagine them at a new level, with new insights, for a new generation.

am i hiding from a simpler duty – to go forth and materially help the poor? i dont think so… each to his own. doctors heal bodies and give new hope that way, psychologists heal minds, philosophers heal the structures of thought which  those minds, the higher parts of them, take for granted. the mending of the almost-absolute presuppositions of thought and valuing. When any of those people fail in their task or become corrupted, they harm the corresponding level of humanity. The corruption of the philosophers of the West was the worst  corruption of all.

But even the relatively uncorrupted philosophers of our time (if i may call myself that) are tempted to hide in the morass of money worries, worried wives, mortgages, responding to facebook, and fragmented hard drives. your blog was a wake-up call. Can i justify what i am doing here and now?
i could be helping in the third world, teaching them lots of creative solutions to all manner of pressing problems. So, it is good you went there, thanks for doing it! just look after yourself, and stay alive! i think you must have made at least a christian’s foot by now…:) And maybe his head?? just think, all those values of Chistians are real possible values, just [often] warped and twisted, mixed with some nasty errors. We can untwist them, perhaps, and keep the torch burning, or relight it.  You may have a book in you! no, you do. the blog is a book. can easily as you did get it printed, or organise further into a published book or ebook. ebooks are the coming thing…
well, back to my mortgage issues and book-design…

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Defragging our minds and mastering the labyrinth

This week i was driving through the green countryside on my way to the Big Smoke (Auckland) and reflecting on the long process it had been to defragment my hard drive. several all-night processings by a defragging program i bought specially since the windows one wouldn’t do more than a superficial scan before giving up in disgust… This program each morning cheerfully told me the defrag was done, but the ‘critical’ warning remained, and the barchart of the disk looked like a dozen barcodes set end to end and coloured red and pink. The blue of high-performing files was just a couple of narrow bands,  and the white of free space was a mere thread. But it was still better than it had been, and the laptop runs a bit less slowly. I thought, ‘My life these 57 years has been like one long defragging.’ I’ve been sorting through the huge data dump called Education, Our Culture, The Way Things Are. We all have to go through this, in a free society where the ‘Truth’ is contested. We have to choose what to believe, what to deleted from our memories, what to demote to ‘junk files for eventual deleting’, etc.

But the wizard in us is the stubborn seeker who believes there is a way out of every labyrinth, and doesn’t rest until it has found it. The wizard then is a way-shower, able to help others through some labyrinth and out the other side. We might be a relatively simple wizard of gardening, of crochet or cricket; or if Wizard is our central calling in this life, we may be a way-shower for a larger part of the cultural labyrinth – politics, or morals, or architecture or art, or even the entire foundational philosophy of our culture.

Whatever area we become the wizard of, when we are ready we will know because it will seem easy, and others will notice and ask for our help. Wonderful stage to be at! So, we will get there if we don’t stop believing and keep learning until we have mastered the part of the labyrinth that is ours to master…

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How to be a Wizard

This year i was asked to speak at Goodey’s bookshop on the topic of ‘Holding a Vision’ (in my case, the ‘Cafe Eutopia’ vision), and as i agonised about it i realised that it was essentially bound up with a larger question, of how to be the wizard of one’s own life. Everyone needs a measure of ‘wizardry’ in their lives in order to have a good vision for their life and faithfully hold it, and finally manifest it in the ‘real’ (ie concrete, material) world. If we are clearly of the ‘wizard’ type/archetype, it’s easy to assume everyone else is either like us or so unlike us as to be a lost cause, enemies of who we are.

We all have some leaning towards some central ‘archetype’ which is at the core of our nature, but we also all can benefit from having a bit of the others operating in our lives also. So, i saw that the power of ‘wizardry’ is something we all need, if only to identify and then manifest our desires and aspirations powerfully in this fragmented and disenchanted modern world.

i therefore drew a chart i called ‘How To Be A Wizard:

Here it is, free for the downloading as a quite small PDF:

How to be a Wizard poster med file

Here it is as a 30 meg press quality PDF:

how to be a wizard poster

I will ad some later reflections and revelations on the subject in future posts, if i am spared!


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