Magike Tekhne: Understanding What Magic Is…
Magike Tekhne, sounds fancy, right? It’s the word from which the term magic was born. The Greek term ‘magike’ means “unseen force” as the term ‘tekhne’ referred to the “art of” or “craft of” the practitioner, with the tekhne, or technique, being a vital role in producing magical effects.
Is it so crazy to believe that magic isn’t actually magical at all; that magic is actually an art that uses sleight of hand, mind, body and spirit, through the application of one’s mastery in whatever craft they aspire to apply themselves to?
I don’t believe so, and thanks to scholarly research on the topic of magic, I would like to enchant you with the disenchantment of one of the most obfuscated topics to date.
Science, magic, and religion complete a triad of thought. Science appealing to empirical studies of cause and effect; magic appeals to the intuitive understanding of any cause or effect still shrouded in mystery by the limitations of our human understanding; religion making appeal to those that fear delving into their own magical practices, trusting upon an authoritative body for all magical ceremonies.
What is the difference between the scientist, the magician, and the churchgoer? Not much. It really comes down between points that make a spectrum. Science practices only the arts that bear useful precision and consistency within nature, magic practices both scientific and intuitive understandings of nature to attain a particular result, and religious practices are merely pre approved rituals that have only been shown to produce results, mostly to, the individual body of said religion or individual of said congregation; however, all use their path to arrive at a particular result, or conclusion.
This clarification will make it easier to reconcile differences between all the various disciplines, practices, and faiths. And as a Poetic Naturalist this is very important to me, as it is the center of my belief structure to be able to communicate as clearly as possible between as many walks of life as possible.
Magic is not magical in the sense that you are doing a particular ritual to attain a certain result, knowledge, enlightenment; albeit, power. The rituals performed most successfully typically have elements at play that are not outright noticeable to either the practitioner, or the observer, but are easily explained through understanding the underlying forces at work.
The more science is incorporated into one’s practice, the more effective the magic, and therefore may be performed more religiously, as reliable consistent outcomes should determine what we choose to chisel into the rock of ages.
What I hope to do in my upcoming blog posts is to clarify the most fundamental aspects of magic that run our everyday lives: numbers, symbolism, natural cycles, etc… We will be going over the origins and history of many terms you find associated with magical teachings, scientific research that sheds light onto these controversial topics, the many ways that religion appropriates all magic, and the things that seem to make this stuff work as they do, and how to take advantage of all possible practices. Are you ready to cut the fluffy new age talk and delve into something a bit more… Telling?
Let’s grow together, and together we shall change the world by drawing more focus into understanding magic and forming your own path, whether you’re a scientist, a witch, or a churchgoer. Remember to be considerate of others as they may not be on the same path as yours, but we are all connected through our oneness in the universe.
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Terra Vapors is a Poetic Naturalist that delves into understanding magic through practicing their own path with a mix of scientific understanding, intuition, and ritual, in hopes of bearing a more reasonable practice that is open to updating it’s credence on the latest, most accurate, information. Really, it just comes down to what works, and what is useful. That’s what Terra wants, a quality product that is dependable when guidance is on line.
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