Leonardo da Vinci
Artist, engineer, anatomist, master of revels, naturalist, sculptor, architect... and more. Da Vinci was a fierce proponent of renegade ways and getting his knowledge first-hand, through experience.
Mary Ellen Pleasant
California's Mother of Civil Rights, she was an abolitionist, operator on the Underground Railroad, multi-millionairess, and Voodoo Queen of San Francisco. No mean accomplishment for an American black woman in 19th century America!
One of the great minds of 20th century physics, a unique renegade character who insisted on thinking and acting in ways that always questioned the status quo. Feynman, again and again, provided lessons and examples of what is possible when one takes responsibility for one's own knowing and being.
George Parker (top center)
Billed as a "Corporate Alchemist," George is among Europe's top business consultants, writers adn magical performers. Much of what appearas in "The Wizard's Way" is inspired by George's thinking and example.
The Wizard of Oz
Fiction provides many of our great models for what it means to be a wizard. This "accidental wizard," who finds the role thrust upon him... nonetheless rises to the occasion. A great example of how, when we step into roles that stretch beyond what we believe ourselves to be, we can work wonders!
Merylyn / Gandalf / Dumbledore
More wizards from fiction and legend, these three provide the basic model for what we have come to think of as "The Wizard's Archetype." Most striking, at least for the author, is that when we examine their stories, it is the wisdom which makes them remarkable, not their "magic."