One of the first recorded magicians in history can be found in the old testament bible that talks about the Pharaoh’s dream of seven full ears of corn and 7 withered ears and 7 full cows and 7 lean cows. The Pharaoh summoned the magicians of the land to help him understand the dream. The dream was later interpreted by Joseph as 7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine. The first magicians in ancient times were called magi and some would attempt to read the language of the stars. This was the birth of astrology which would later lead to the birth of astronomy. Mysticism played a big part in the life of ancient people.
The magi were commonly called Sun and Fire worshipers but really were light worshipers. In the view of the magi, life expressed itself as light and that which was not life or light was considered darkness. Magic originally meant the “true interpretations of the laws of life.” Zoroaster is commonly credited with making a world magi conscious. Charles Frances Potter wrote that “Zoroaster discovered the devil, and, incidentally, paradise and the last judgment and the resurrection of the dead, is one of the most interesting chapters in the story of religion.” Mazdaznan is what is considered Zoroastrianism. Thomas Edison named his brighter light, Mazda. Mazdaznans stressed the Triangle of Life: spiritual, mental and physical. The magi not only stressed the Triangle of Life but the importance of balance as expressed in the five pointed star of life- spiritual, mental, physical, social and financial. Each one of us should become strong in each department.
It was important for man to grow and expand from within. The magi believed that just as an acorn expands into a tree so should we expand into greater possibilities as human beings. The magi believed in service and that what you give is what you get. According to the magi, when we give out we created a vacuum within and nature abhorring a vacuum, quickly gave back and threw in just a bit more than what we gave out for good measure.