What is Magic? Part 3

“What I think is really core to making any magic work is need. Deep need. The deeper the need, the more juice there is. We start with that deep need. We need something to fuel the change. But we also need perception. We need to be able to perceive at least a little bit of that Matrix code of the universe. In many cases I think we do this by instinct. But one core piece of this is, we can’t ask for an outcome if we cannot perceive that outcome. The need leads to a focused intention. A lot of magic really boils down to, what do you want? And what are you willing to do to get that?”

Just so. 🙂

“Sometimes, you are swimming upstream. Like if you are trying to levitate a rock.”

I used that very phrase, “swimming upstream,” to describe fighting the forces of the status quo (including the laws of physics). Nothing is impossible, but when all the forces flow against you, it’s very unlikely.

It’s wonderful to hear so many of the thoughts I’ve had on this topic – right up to and including the impossibility of harming none. This series was a good read. Thanks so much to Shauna Aura Knight for this!

Shauna Aura Knight


I think that, with magic, we want proof. We want flash. We want miracles.  And when we don’t get those, we wonder what magic is. When we see how magic works, it doesn’t seem very flashy…or, we realize how unimportant the flash really is.

Maybe that’s why it’s so hard to put my finger on magic. Because magic is, at its core, one of the mysteries. You can’t work it til you experience it, and it’s really hard to put it into words.

People try. They write spell books that read more like recipes, they create informational graphics like the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to explain how the universe works…but that doesn’t teach what’s going on beneath. It’s a map, but it’s not the terrain. Nor is it the only map. It’s not the actual underpinnings of the universe, just one map to it that may or may not work for…

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~ by Sable Aradia on May 1, 2014.

2 Responses to “What is Magic? Part 3”

  1. Glad you enjoyed the posts! I might have a couple more in me…we’ll see how that goes 😀

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