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Magic and Mundane Life

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From: nagasiva 
Subject: Magic and Mundane Life
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 2003 18:53:57 GMT

50030304 VII om Nulatix-3

"Fr. A.o.C." :
> ...Magickal practices and psychic comtemplation are not meant 
> to be an excuse for blowing off the "normal" side of your life. 

in general, agreed, though proportional investments in these 
'sides' can affect one's overall experience and maturation.
not only does societal connection have the capacity to inhibit
or restrain real personal growth and magical adeptship by
virtue of responsibility-load, it also affords the successful
mage a means of implementing volition in societal directions
and affecting religiomagical traditions as a whole. this is
one of the reasons that membership in orders like the Golden
Dawn and its offshoots can be beneficial (communication of
novel technology through initiation-channels).

> I am sick to death of the great-and-powerful-mages-of-the-aeon 
> who can't manage to make a living or keep a roof over their 
> heads. 

hey, maybe it isn't their true will to do so. :> of course 
when they then complain about it, one may see the truth of 
your criticism.

> If you can't even handle simple mundane life, 

the mage may not dwell in or settle into such a life, tho.
sometimes sinking to the bottom, apparently failing, and
truly letting go to an equilibrated position within society
may be what is needed before progress can be made. where
that equates to subsistence or dependence upon social svcs,
this may exemplify 'not handling it', of course.

> what good are your "magickal" practices doing you?
the issue of whether any of these things *are* magic is
usually overlooked. more often than not I notice that
what is taken for magic is better seen as religion or
mysticism, while magic is something which transcends
these *and* the implementation of spells and charms 
(the latter being more clear applications of the Arte),
but may be utilized to further any of their aims.


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