Monday, May 16, 2011

The Laws of Magic

Think of magic like a car. Almost anyone can drive a car with the proper training, but if something doesn’t work right, very few people can fix it on their own. You can be given instructions, but when magic (or your car) fails spectacularly, you can end up injured or dead. So it is then quite important to understand the finer laws of magic if you wish to become adept at using it, not only to fix what doesn’t work, but to avoid injury of yourself or others when you delve into the greater mysteries.

Like Newton’s law of gravity or Einstein’s law of relativity, magic has its own theories, here called Laws, but also referred to as Axioms in many old books. These explain how thought energy influences the physical world. There are twenty-seven laws, not including their sublaws (which make it thirty-nine).

Every tool and symbol, every herb, stone, or other item used in a spell, is merely a way to maximize your thought energy to ensure that the thing you want to occur does. Using such tools allows you to focus on the tool as a symbol of your will. That is not to say that these things do not have power on their own, but understanding the Laws of Magic will allow you to benefit from the energy intrinsic in such paraphernalia, thus allowing you to reserve more of your personal energies for emergencies.

Magic is dependent upon thought, but not only your own. Beliefs have power, traditions wear pathways through reality that make movement in one direction or another easier. Just as ley lines collect the excess energy that living things naturally release in the course of existing, there are patterns of thought which have power through the combined energies of generations of magic folk. The laws I will post here will allow you to access these energy patterns and bend them to your will. The time of miracles is quickly returning and those with the ability to influence reality should be made aware of these laws so that their lives do not end abruptly and spectacularly for want of a learners permit.

For now, it is important that you understand that science and magic are not mutually exclusive thought patterns. While Science examines the physical world, magic seeks to unlock the world science refuses to observe or even acknowledge. Both are extensions of philosophy however. For the purposes of explaining magic and science, there are two corresponding philosophies: idealism and materialism.

  • Idealism says that all of reality is based on thought. Thought creates matter. If your thoughts were strong enough, you could perform miracles... fly, walk through walls, create life.
  • Materialism pertains to the material universe.  In materialism, there is no room for thought to influence matter unless it is by artificial means.
Therefore science and magic become two extremes of a sliding scale, each a useful tool as we attempt to alter the world in which we live. Some parts of the physical world are difficult to influence with magic, but easily altered through the application of science. Do you suppose it would be easier to pick something up in your hand and carry it with you, or use your mind? The answer, while in some cases circumstantial, would be your hand. It is merely a matter of how you choose to apply the energy available to you.

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