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What is magic?

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posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 05:16 AM
Media tends to peddle the idea that only certain special people can do magic, that an ancient sequence of words will gift untold powers or that you need to purchase special herbs and potions (usually at extortionate prices). I don't believe either of these things is true. For me it's not the 'words' or symbols, writing or physical manifestations which create magic but the energy and thought placed into them, therefore anyone can perform magic - even without necessarily knowing it on a conscious level. The words, chants, charms and potions may help to create a state of mind which oils the mind so to speak but it can also hinder depending. I dont personally see how copious amounts of mind altering drugs might make someone more spiritual for instance, it can just as well close off the mind as much as open it. I prefer a clean clear mind myself.

What is magic is a difficult question to answer. There are lots of pseudo scientific reasonings and theories, metaphysical, jargon and plain nonsense too. It is important to look at the agenda of the people selling the ideas (often quite literally), whether they want power or admiration or are just mad. Some people claims to magic come from some mental inability to cope with situations or as a method of dealing with trauma, which whilst not necessarily a bad thing it can be harmful to someone trying to gauge an understanding (I can think of people who get comfort from communing with spirits upon to the passing of a relative or loved one, getting sucked into it yourself might not be beneficial).

For me magic is like pulling a thread on a intricate network, a web which connects all things in the universe. I can't explain it any more than similes and metaphors to be fair and it might sound like nonsense to you as much as someone else's theories might be to me. It's not always apparent the effects of pulling a thread, but the intention and energy behind it is very important. Everything has an effect upon everything else and there are consequences to doing so, not all of them can be foreseen or determinate. Any magician or witch who can guarantee something is in my opinion being short with the truth. They cannot heal cancer, give you money, good luck, admirers, love or land you a job with Bill Gates, they can only make suggestions to the universe no more than you can and it won't happen without effort on your behalf too. It might seem rather pointless then, but to me it gives a sense of oneness with everything around me even if it doesn't give me exactly what I want or have the desired outcomes. Real magic isn't illusions or falsity but about simple honesty with the world, tolerance and empathy. It's also imperfect, individual and most importantly free.

posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 06:22 AM
Magic... is bringing about a smile, laugh or giggle from someone

Magic... is hearing a baby coo

Magic... is watching children play

I can go on and on...but I think you get the idea. Magic is within and around us each and every day, it is in how we choose to utilize it that is key. We are all capable of it.


posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 09:03 AM

originally posted by: FraterMediator
I created an account just to point all of you who are curious about magick towards some real information free of fluff(mostly). I am not a native english speaker so excuse me if my english seems stiff and formal, it's been coloured by reading many english books.

I had a pull towards magick from childhood, and started practicising about 7 years ago. Here are some of the things I have learned, and that I consider atleast subjectivly valid for me.

Magick doesn't turn the world on it's head to achieve a goal. Theres no blinding flashes of light and happenings defying natural laws. Rather, when you observe a spell or spirit working to reach a goal you have set, it looks from afar like a series of somewhat improbable events tumbling towards the desired outcome. Well within the realm of possibility, but improbable. Like luck.

Example, I wanted to buy a farm a few years ago. I had no capital or savings. I had no job at the time and was sick of looking for another job, so I wanted a farm as a base to grow a business and become my own boss. I did a long devotional ritual to several archangels, Ganesha the opener of roads, the current of Jupiter for wealth and expansion in life, and a general expansion of wealth, and the current of Venus for securing a home where me and my fiancee could live in love and happiness. As an offering I promised that I would climb a mountain behind the house we rented and leave a rifle I had built from scratch at the summit. It was my most beloved item, one I had spents months pouring energy, love and money into.

The ritual took about 10-15 minutes a day for 1.5 months, and I followed up the spiritual work with physical work, writing applications to every financial institution under the sun. And by the end of it a letter arrived in the mail announcing that we had secured a loan for the full sum, at the lowest possible interest rate. With no cash, and no job, I got a loan big enough to secure a farm, and not only that, we got a herd of sheep for free as part of the deal which I have grown to 4 times it's original size and now make a good living from.

There were more costs however, not just the rifle, which I true to my word left ontop of the mountain in the middle of a november storm the same day I got the letter. Before this I had an aversion to paperwork and bureaucracy, I was lazy, and I had an unhealthy and rather dismissive relationship to money and monetary matters.

The stress and enourmous amounts of work writing loan applications and later building a business from scratch has been a crucible, an alchemical process, burning these faults away from my personality. It was rough, like breaking your back rough, but strength and guidance was given from the same forces that, really, I asked to put me in that position.

Magick gives you power, but it also forces you to grow. If you crave power but you are afraid to grow, then magick will twist and distort you. If you are willing to grow, to become more like the divine blueprint of a human, then magick will help and guide you. Every spell is a path to walk, ever action has reprecussions, every reprecussion is a chance for overcoming.

For those interested, google studio arcanis.

This is reminds me a lot of the chant i was teached...

But anyway, people today often relate magic with the power of shooting fireballs with your hands, ressurecitng the dead, levitating etc etc. Perhaphs these stuff is not magic at all but rather things much different. In this case, entirely sepparate things: Telekinesis, Phyromancy and Necromancy.

posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 01:55 PM
Higitus figitus migitus mum prestodigitonium.

posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 06:41 PM
a reply to: gell1234

Magic is the power that all humans have if they allow their connection to God.

posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 09:08 PM
“Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.”

- Arthur C. Clarke

edit on 21-7-2015 by Konduit because: (no reason given)

posted on Jul, 22 2015 @ 09:51 AM

originally posted by: gell1234
What is magic?

It's the same as religion: An excuse.

posted on Jul, 22 2015 @ 10:21 AM
Hi there,

Magic is just the ability to connect.
Do you guy have a hard time moving your hand, no ? it s yours so it s normal.
"Magic" allow one to phase with it s surrounding and have an impact on it, like control, exchange information, learning and so on.

The more you progress the higher you go / expend (witch is related to your conciousness)

Doing so require time and wisdom as one cannot do so if not centered.

While some said before the goal is merely but évolution, nothing like self gain or interest.

It may be so for some at the begining but the more you progress the more you change.
As you expand your consciousness you start to break your own conception of wath is and what is not thus your goal change drasticly...

Symbolism, words, and else do have a part to play, but ultimely speaking it s just and aid.

Hope that help.

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