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Resources on developing the mages ability?

To: alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Resources on developing the mages ability?
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 05:26:16 GMT

Justin wrote:
> I have identified my latent magical talents to be of the spellcaster
> type known as a mage (roughly defined as a person that affects the
> minds of people and animals through magic.)
> I am looking for internet sites or books that are devoted to learning
> the mages typical skills.
> Justin

There are many such sites, however, before doing a google seacrh for
"magic spells" or such, i recommend that you further refine your
direction as to which type of magic spells you want to learn to cast. 

The premises undergirding magical practice vary greatly by culture,
historical period of origin, and affiliated religions (if any). Thus
Renaissance-era Arabian spell-casting is fairly remote from Taoist
preistly spell-casting, or Pennsylvania Dutch spell-casting or African
American spell-casting or Native American spell-casting. 

There are smilarities and even a few commonalities between these and
other systems of magic -- but in my opinion, you will learn more,
faster, and better by first undertaking an overview of the many
varieties of spell-casting. After that, i recommend approaching the
system that most appeals to you and mastering its internal logic and its
practices, without respect to the contradictions between it and other
systems of spell-craft. Should you then wish to broaden your studies,
you should, i think, learn each new system well before moving on to
another system. Of course, some folks like the buffet table appraoch --
a little of this, a little of that -- but it never worked for me. I go
for the total immersion method, one system of magic at a time. 

So my question for you is this: What type of magic are YOU most
interested in? What does magical spell-craft look like, feel like, or
seem like to YOU? 


cat yronwode 

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