What is magic and does it exist?

What is magic?

When I started to write fantasy, I had to do research on several mythical figures like vampires, werewolves, mermaids, dragons and... witches. During this research, I discovered that magic is more than just a fantasy. I discovered Wicca as a religion and magic as a practice. Before my research, when thinking about magic, I imagined Harry Houdini or David Copperfield. And Harry Potter. And then I found out about a practice that is subtle, but because of that, not less powerful...  

So what is magic? There are several meanings but when I use it on this website, I mean the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of the forces of the Universe, by directing the energies of nature to cause desired changes in one’s life

And to answer the first question: Does magic exist? 

My opinion is: YES, magic exists...

Different aspect of magic

There are different aspects of magic. What I am going to talk about here are:

Magic or "magick"?

If you have read enough about magic, you have likely come across the term "magick" used instead of "magic." I chose to use magic instead of “magick”, in this text despite the fact that I am using the word the same way it was defined by the first modern person to use the term, Aleister Crowley.

Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) started using the word "magick" and gave several reasons why. The most often mentioned reason is to differentiate what he was doing from stage magic (performances like Houdini). 

Another reason was that he considered “magick” to be anything that moves a person close to fulfilling their ultimate destiny, which he called one's True Will. 

This action doesn't have to be metaphysical. Any action, mundane or magical, that helps fulfil one's True Will is “magick”. Casting a spell as a type of show to get someone's attention or to scare someone is not “magick”.

Crowley didn't choose this spelling randomly. He expanded a five-letter word to a six-letter word, which has numerical significance. Hexagrams, which are six-sided shapes, are prominent in his writings as well. “K” is the eleventh letter of the alphabet, which also had significance to Crowley.

There are older texts that use the word "magick" in place of "magic." However, that was before spelling was standardized. In such documents, you'll likely see magic spelt differently ("majick," "majik," and "magik) than how we spell it today. However, this is completely random and there isn’t a specific reason why some people used these spellings.

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