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Spell Components

To: alt.magick,alt.pagan,alt.magick.tyagi
From: (mordred)
Subject: Spell Components (Was Re: What does my friend mean by magick?)
Date: 16 Jul 1995 08:21:19 -0700

Kali Yuga 49950716

This is the kind of discussion I enjoy greatly.

Camilla Maltas  writes:

|'s a question I have often pondered myself (especially when I find 
|myself to be unable to procure the "necessary" ingredients eg emeralds 
|(way beyond my budget!!)

My typical approach is to presume that each object may be a necessary
trigger and that certain magical objects may flavor or twist the working
in subtle ways.  Some spells will require a Single Lone Object (such as
*the Mona Lisa*), but most will work fine with comparable substitutes.

Note that by 'comparable substitutes' I do not necessarily mean what may
suffice for a materialist scientist.  What is 'comparable' in the realm
magical may be something substantially different.  That obsidian stone
you lost and needed for the spell may be easily substituted with a hunk
of charcoal or dead grandma's shoebox.  Part of the sheer joy of spells
is that the mage is the particular variable in the spell and so all the
components may yield different results as regards the spell outcome
merely through a different locus (and context?) of initiation.

>and the root of the obscure flubdub plant which grows only on the summit
>of Ben Nevis, and I'm scared of heights...)  

Have someone else get it for you if you cannot brave your fear.  Sometimes
the residue from getting the article must infuse it for the spell to work.
That is, it may be he fear in getting the plant which contributes toward
the working of the spell.  Many possibilities.

Confusion will be my epitaph
as I crawl a cracked and broken path.
If we make it we can both sit back and laugh.
But I fear tomorrow I'll be crying.

			-King Crimson, The Court of the Crimson King
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