Treatise in the defense of magick

I will start by simply saying this: magic is not just a fantasy, it is real. Though I have always been a spiritual sort it is not until recently that I could say beyond all doubt that I believed in magic. I have touched on the theory in my life once or twice but I have finally reached a conclusion. Magic, however misunderstood and misrepresented in the modern context is very real.

The theory I always held was this. Magic is, in essence, merely an interpretation of a real practice by an ignorant public. What may have seemed like Witchcraft in 900 ad is just called science today. Divination is just psychology. Potions are just herbalism and chemistry. Hexes and charms are merely forms of hypnosis and mental fortification. Talismans and amulets no more than a placebo to induce hope, security and a reason to change your behavior. While I do believe that this is essentially true, I now also realize it goes much deeper than that. People’s lack of belief in magic stems not just from societies changed understanding of its practices, but in its deliberate misrepresentation in popular culture.
Much as creationists will dismiss evolution with statements like, “You can’t prove it! No one’s ever seen a monkey transform into a human!” skeptics of magic will plea similarly. “You can’t just wave a wand and turn someone into a toad!” they might say. In both cases the skeptic is correct, but only on the premise of their own definition. They can never be disproven because they are looking for evidence for what they want to see, not for evidence of what it really is. Putting those who actually understand it in an impossible situation. No matter what a scientist tells a creationist, they have made up their minds on what they want to think evolution is. They want to see a monkey transform into a human on its own and nothing else will do. The magic user faces the same problem, unless you can bring a doll to life before their very eyes with the wave of a wand, they will simply refuse to believe you. No room for education or subtlety.
Sorcerers across the ages have always known that magic was not about transmuting people into animals with magic sticks, and that such never has been possible. But what began as mere ignorance and assumption turned into more aggressive slander, fear and hate with the spread of Christianity and other western religions. This forced the magical world into hiding where it gradually disappeared from public view as the slander continued.

As magic made its way from mysterious practice to forbidden one, it was dismissed as mere myth altogether during the age of enlightenment. Ironically in this age, some of the greatest ever advancements in what would have been earlier called “magic” were made. It was then that people ceased to believe. For Christianity had so tainted the old ways with its slander and its own make-believe definitions that these hokey revisionist ideals are how people thought of magic, and thus the evermore scientifically minded public scoffed at it. It was modern religion that re-wrote the definition of magic, thus causing people to demand proof of a false definition. As organized religion began to lose favor, it took the belief in magic down with it. This is when the final separation occurred.
However, just because the belief is lost does not mean the magic is. Modern people have started to realize there is a difference between spirituality and mere blind adherence to a culturally prescribed religion, however. Because of this, something is changing in the world. People are seeking their own answers now. They are rediscovering their ancestors, rediscovering the magic. People are becoming curious about the old ways and the old lore and realizing it never belonged completely to the realm of fiction. The reason the Asian continent is viewed in such a “mystic” light is because unlike the west, its magical traditions were never lost. Asian magical practice has gone on virtually uninterrupted for thousands of years. Many spiritualists look east for their magical needs because of this. Their magic is right there for the taking, whereas western magical tradition requires a little digging and revival work.
One can accidentally stumble into magic surprisingly easy. Ever flipped a coin to make a decision? This is a simple form of divination. Have you ever carried an item of great sentimental value for security? This is a basic form of an amulet. If you’ve ever cured an ailment vie an herbal or essential oil blend, these are potions plain and simple. My point here is that much of magical practice is very simple and very obviously real.
Flipping coins and drinking tea however, a wizard does not make. Magic doesdelve into the supernatural as well. A sorcerer, witch, wizard or whatever you wish to call it, is someone who knows how to connect the mundane to the divine. Someone who understands deeply the inner mechanics of how these little “tricks” work and how to manipulate them more masterfully and to great effect.
So before you dismiss that fortune teller by saying, “She was a fraud! She didn’t read my mind! She just used those cards to illicit responses that she could go off of to pry into my thoughts!” Consider that perhaps… that was the entire point. People are so fixated on the idea of such a literal, physical iteration of Hollywood-style magic that they do not realize, mental manipulation and observation is at the heart of such magic and always has been. There is much that separates true magic from pseudo-magical practices however and as I have mentioned before it is the ability to channel into and invoke the divine that separates a wizard from a common birthday party magician.
From here I will explain more deeply, what I refer to as the 5 main magical arts. They are as follows; Spell work, potions, divination, magic crafting, and invocation. All of them actually rely on one another to some extent but are nonetheless distinct. For example you may have to carve a rune stave into a certain object, an art of crafting, for a certain spell to work. Or you may have to divine someone’s true persona in order to craft for them a magical object which suits them.
Let us first define what spells are. These include protective and enhancement charms, hexes, curses and the like. Put simply a spell is at the basis of all of what it means to be a magic practitioner. It is simply the art of using ones magical abilities to effect the world around you in some way or another. Spells can be cast on objects, people places or other entities spiritual and physical. This is usually done either by divine invocation, altering the mind of oneself or another through ritual, potions, mental manipulation or all of the above. Can you ever think of a time when someone got inside your head so badly that you became distracted and started screwing everything up? Though it may have been unintentional, this person has essentially placed a bad luck hex on you. As I have stated, it was never about waving a wand and magically giving you butterfingers for the day. It’s about altering your consciousness to such a degree that everyday life becomes a challenge. A person who can induce such effects on you with deliberate skill is a very dangerous person indeed! If you have ever fallen in love for another example. People may say you are “under her spell” without realizing just how literal that statement actually is. Other spells involve invoking a deity to cleanse, punish or protect, but that concept I feel is fairly self-explanatory
Potions by contrast are the most literal and grounded of the arts. They are simply liquids to be used as a drink or balm to induce a desired effect. A liquid, physical form of a spell essentially. Though many potions reach to the divine via the sanctity of their ingredients, they are fairly straightforward. Potions are just a magical word for something that exists quite plainly in the “real world” There’s really not much supernatural about herbal remedies, narcotics or poisons after all.
Divination is the most misunderstood art. People think of divination as merely gazing at a crystal ball and tuning into the “Ten years from now” channel and watching it like a television screen that only you can see, but again this is far from the truth. Divination is about reading the signs and drawing conclusions from the evidence that presents itself. Tools such as runes or Tarot cards are merely to draw out the subconscious mind so that we may see it clearly and analyze it in more abstract ways. From here a diviner may try to predict your future by reading your personality, your situation etc. No one can outright tell you the future though. We can merely alert you to likely outcomes of certain actions.
Magic crafting is simply the art of creating magical objects, or imbuing ordinary objects with magical purpose. Divine materials can be used to enhance their effects much as in potions however crafting is not the same as potions. Potions are a consumable substance whereas crafting is the creation of tools such as rune stones, wands, talismans and amulets. Crafting is a more metaphysical art and relies more heavily on the divine than the very scientific potions. Amulets for example serve as a focal point for your will and courage, in combination with the deity they invoke and can be a powerful deterrent against dark entities. When you repel a demon with the image of a crucifix he is taken aback by your sudden courage and mental fortitude. Not with the image of a dead Jewish guy itself. They cannot feed off of fear you do not have. Amulets such as that work by giving you a physical embodiment of your courage. Monotheism however is an empty system of religion created purely from the mind of man and has no real connection to the divinity of nature. So stronger demonic entities will quickly realize you are bluffing and will no longer be deterred by such a security blanket.
Invocation is merely the communication with, summoning and commanding of spiritual entities. Be it the Gods, ghosts, or other spiritual beings via prayer, use of sacred objects channeling or some other method. Not all magical acts require such invocations but the most powerful spells and crafts usually do.
A witch, wizard or sorcerer understands these arts for what they are and knows how to use them consistently to their advantage. Magic is simply to flirt with the unknown and shine a light into the darkness at the edge of mankind’s understanding. Magic is to do easily, that which most people cannot comprehend, not to do the impossible. A wizard, like anyone else, is limited by the will of the gods and the preexisting physical laws of the universe.
Nonetheless when one realizes what magic really is, it all begins to feel much more real and that much more mysterious. What once seemed like shallow, fictional hogwash that you could just make up on the spot, gives way to a complex and fascinating hidden world of seemingly endless possibilities. What was once purely an image in your head and on the screen now dances mischievously at the edge of your senses.
It is this new understanding of magic that has made it so real for me. It has opened my eyes to a much more beautiful world. From here and forevermore I will always believe in magic. For it is we, the believers, who push the boundaries of reality and show the rest of the world how very little is impossible if you have your eyes open and just believe. For those who understand what it is I am trying to say and wish to pursue it, welcome to the hidden world you never knew existed. From here on, your life may never be the same.

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