“Most people are blind to magic. They move thru a blank and empty world. They’re bored with their lives and there’s nothing they can do about it. They’re eaten alive by longing and they’re dead before they die.” ― Lev Grossman, The Magicians
Magic. Is it science, art, a fusion of the two, or something else altogether? Need it be defined? Is it enough to acknowledge that it either is or is not and to act accordingly?
You can go blissfully about your day, content in the assurance of magic being nothing but utter fantasy; you can accept its existence and willfully ignore it; or you can acknowledge its presence as it permeates the multiverse, a force that can be more than just recognized, but utilized.
The first is ignorance, the second foolishness, and in the third lies acceptance.
Magic is what binds our accepted reality together.
I have been profoundly influenced by a number of teachers and authors over the years, but there is one quote that I return to over and over again. In Dion Fortune’s Psychic Self-Defense, she wrote, “We live in the midst of invisible forces whose effects alone we perceive. We move among invisible forms whose actions we very often do not perceive at all, though we may be profoundly affected by them.”
Magic is, for me, art, but Magic is also science and religion and craft and everything else under the sun, the moon, and stars.
Or, perhaps to be more concise, it is more accurately defined as such — Magic is…