magic


Summer Thunder

Everyone who practices magic (of the occult variety) needs a definition of what they mean by that term. We are often moved towards magic by desires and attractions which don’t exactly fall within the bandwidth of the rational (as with many important things in life), so it is good to get clarity on what we mean.

A very commonly cited definition is that provided by Aleister Crowley:

Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will

Magick in Theory and Practice

I used this as a fall back for many years, but it is so general as to include every volitional transaction which a person makes in life, and while this makes a case for the universal scope of its magic, it’s not so helpful as a meaningful definition of the things that magicians normally consider magic (as opposed to say the act of…

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