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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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ianphanes
May. 7th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
The definition I like of ritual, is Joseph Cambpell's: "A ritual is the enactment of a myth."

I disagree with Campbell's definition, as my studies have shown me that ritual and myth can exist independently. When Campbell wrote, there was an ongoing scholarly debate which attempted to prove that either ritual is an epiphenomenon of myth (Campbell's position) or that myth is an epiphenomenon of ritual.


It wouldn't be a spell, because spells, by definition require words.

Personally, I don't limit spells to magical workings with verbal components. For example, I frequently do candle spells where I don't use any words. The choice of candle(s) express my intent adequately.

Thinking about this, I think I tend to be verbally oriented in religious practice and kinesthetically oriented in magical practice. Thanks for bringing this up--you've spurred me to see myself more clearly.


[D]irecting the frisbee might be magic or telekinesis.

In my case, it's not telekinesis, as I have no gift for that. I do, however, have a gift for bending probabilities, which is how I was approaching the frisbee. I discovered this in high school when another practitioner I knew was trying to hit me with playing cards that he was spinning toward me, and *none* of them were hitting me even though he was releasing them only about a yard from me. It was reasonable likely that any one card wouldn't hit me. However, it was very unlikely that twenty in a row would fail to hit me. I was highly entertained. He was highly frustrated. (Which made me more entertained.)

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