What is magic?

What is magic?  For most of the civilized world magic is parlor tricks or the type of fantasy you find in cartoons, tv shows, movies, and novels. Grandiose hyper-realism of those “fantastical ideas” portrayed in various forms of entertainment is the other end of the spectrum.  I prefer a more middle of the road path.  For the sake of this blog we’ll be using a definition similar to Aleister Crowley’s.

What is Magic According to Crowely?

Magick, in the context of Aleister Crowley’s Thelema, is a term used to show and differentiate the occult from performance magic and is defined as “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will”, including both “mundane” acts of will as well as ritual magic. (wikipedia)

To say it another way, magic is the act of consciously creating the results you would like to see.

Magic is actually quite mundane.

Sorry for the spoiler but magic, at its essence, is a clever repackaging of natural laws. It does hold a subtle beauty that is overlooked in its practical use.  Also, I should mention, it is not as easy to get to work as you might imagine.  We aren’t able to just think happy thoughts and believe it will work.  If we approach it that way we are liable to accept false positives and gloss over some of the real magic.

Now that we lost some muggles

Truth be told, there is more to magic than just the mundane elements of it but I believe brining in some of the grounded realism initially is important.  Wether we are seasoned practitioners or just exploring the reality for the first time a degree of authentic skepticism is crucial. What I mean by that is letting evidence speak for itself.   That being said, if you tinker with magic long enough, you will get interesting results.  The intention of this blog is to give you some information to explore and experiment.
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