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Sara Super Id's definition

How do you define magic?

The use of occult arts in order to achieve results.

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sara_super_id
May. 2nd, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
I think most of the mainstream magic and witchcraft is over-glorified self help techniques. I still find occult knowledge to be more often obscure, discounted, and misunderstood. And as I have seen many a practitioner say, the mysteries are hidden in plain sight. I disagree with the majority of magic users who say, its all intent. I have heard this many times in magic communities and else where. I disagree. I think magic is an occult art and there are many skills and talents involved.

(There is nothing non-useful about self help techniques, they just aren't occult arts, though I wouldn't say they cannot be utilized with occult arts. I certainly think the practitioner needs to know thyself, and self help techniques are good for that. The practitioner needs discipline, again self help is good for that, also focus. Etc...)
mageoflamancha
May. 2nd, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
Here, here and an "aye verily" thrown in as well.

If wishing were enough to make it so there would be be millions more national bestsellers, and more people winning the lottery than buy tickets.

The hidden, roll-up your sleeves, work for it part is not only ignored, but shouted down most of the time its been brought up far too often.
ianphanes
May. 2nd, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Agreed.

What I find most amusing is when real knowledge is laid out clearly and simply, and people just will not understand it because it isn't what they want it to be.

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