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magick wonder and mystery

To: alt.magick
From: "Tom" 
Subject: Magick, Wonder, and Mystery
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 10:20:19 -0800

"Kasper Kofoed"  wrote in message
> Hello there
> Me and my friend have a assignment about magic, and
> therefore I have some questions I hope some of you
> would answer
> Of what I have read here you all, or at least some of you
> sincerely believe in magic, and I would like to know why?
> I myself would love if there was magic in the world, but I all of
> my life, I have never seen anything that could convince me,
> how did you become “believers”?

Different people believe different things about magick.

I, for example, have never seen anything I would seriously consider to be a
"psychic power", but many people who practice magick believe in them.
Personally, I don't think you need to believe in such things as psychic
powers or spirits made of ectoplasm or some such mysterious substance in
order to experience phenomena associated with magick.

Magick, to me, is what gives you a sense of wonder and mystery.  It
produces a confusion about the nature of cause and effect in those who
don't understand what's going on.  Magick is stuff that happens and you
don't have any explanations that can be checked.

Lots of people get into magick hoping to discover some acceptable
explanation for some extraordinary event or events that they have
experienced.  Not me, though.  I grew up a Roman Catholic and that means
that my early life was filled with stories and examples of rituals that
supposedly influence invisible powers that are capable of miraculously
circumventing the laws of nature and the effects of chance.  It was in the
course of trying to find out if all those things (or any of them) were true
that led me to the study and practice of magick.

> What does it mean to you life that you believe in magic? Did your life
> change a lot when you learned about magic?

I've been learning about magick all my life.  I'm still learning about it.
There was no point in my life where I can say that I went from a state of
not believing in magick to a state of believing in it, so no sudden change,
like a religious conversion, took place for me.

> How does magic affect your life?

Magick is a way of appreciating and stimulating a sense of wonderment, awe,
and delight in my experience of life.  I like to laugh, too.  Magick
affects my life much in the way that humor affects my life.  Like humor, I
do it and it affects how I see things and feel about things.  Like humor, I
do it and it affects those around me in a variety of ways.

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