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Post by walkerofsorrow on Aug 1, 2018 22:11:23 GMT -5
Apologies for not getting to this sooner, kingsjack. Unfortunately, this site has had a great deal of trouble with membership and posting as of late. Those of us who still check in rarely do so.
I will not attempt to give you a universal definition of magic, as that is virtually impossible with the widely varied schools of thought on the matter. That being said, I have some answers for you. 1. The power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces. Under this definition, science is magic. Or more accurately, it can be. If the method is not known by those using or experiencing the fruits of scientific discovery, or if an explanation is provided but cannot be understood except by the initiated, that is by its nature magic. 2. In the context of Aleister Crowley's Thelema, Magick 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. Crowley wrote that "it is theoretically possible to cause in any object any change of which that object is capable by nature." 3. According to Wicca, magic is a science by which secret powers can be wielded. It is a "law of nature," not supernatural. Some believe that magic is just using your senses to their fullest.
Your second question is harder to answer, by virtue of its unusual wording. All the same, I will try: In the magical community, there are differing accounts about the higher powers, and whether or not any exist. Many claim that there is a god, or many gods, and there is an abundance of spiritual thought. In some spiritualist doctrines, spirits are ethereal and bound by no authority in their own realm, while others say that there are masters among the spirits, just as there are rulers in our own world. But do these powers "allow" magic to exist? Did they create it? Can they destroy it? Would it simply cease to exist without their effort? All interesting questions.
In my opinion, and my best understanding of your question, I think the best answer is that Magic is like an energy. In a manner distinct from physical energy, it is a property that must be transferred from practitioner to an object in order to perform work. What is work in this context? Doing something yourself, which has a comparable effect on the object. Like if your aim is to throw a ball. Your energy of movement goes into the ball, which then keeps going when it leaves your hand. In that same way, your magic leaves you, enters what you are trying to affect, and causes the change.
As a post-script, there are those who would claim power can be obtained from the divine, or the spirits, etc. I will not confirm nor deny this, but I will say that the power definitely leaves the practitioner and enters the object, regardless of what the original source was.