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Post by walkerofsorrow on Jan 1, 2017 3:30:03 GMT -5
Opening up a thread to discuss the word/concept "magic," as it is defined by Oxford and Merriam-Webster.
MW: "1a. the use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces. 1b. magic rites or incantations . 2a. an extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source . 2b. something that seems to cast a spell : enchantment . 3. the art of producing illusions by sleight of hand."
OX: "The power of apparently influencing events by using mysterious or supernatural forces."
I also googled the etymology, and it says magic comes from the Old French "magique." Which comes from Latin "magica." Which comes from Greek "Magike techne." Magike Techne is "the art of the magus." Magus is of Old Iranian origin presumably akin to Old Persian/Median 𐎶𐎦𐎢𐏁 (maγu-) and Avestan (moġu-). Perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂gʰ- (“to be able to, to help; power, sorcerer”).
In short, "the art of the powerful/to be able to help."
What does everyone thing of this information? What are your personal definitions of magic? Is there a term other than "magic" that you prefer to use? What word do you like best for "a person who uses magic"?
"Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will."
I'm not that into gematria so we can take or leave that k on the end of magick and I also tend to think that Thelemites (and other ritual magicians to an extent) get too hung up on the science part. Overall though I think the definition is fitting. It doesn't really get too much into the hows or whys though.