Kystar wrote:That's why you go to a library that caters to a college with some sort of theology classes. They have a wider selection of various books on paganism. "for research"
Yes, that is the advantage of being in college, of course most colleges are in town's big enough to have an unbiased library. The state college where I live doesn't allow non-students to check out books, however the city library does have quite a few books on the subject. Of course I doubt that any of this would help someone in a rural area.
MaryE101 wrote:One quick question, and please don't take it the wrong way cause I'm not trying to be offensive but I am completely ignorant on the subject....anyway, um, how much of majick (the real stuff) works? There's so many stories and I was wondering, in general, what's true?
Magick largely works on what can be described as cause and effect relationships. Now just what is a cause and effect relationship can be pretty complicated. There's practical magick, which seeks to influence spacetime events in order to increase the probabilty of an event occuring. There is magick that seeks to work on what I would term the informational level of the universe, what some term the Astral, the realm of spirits, Gods, demigods, and other such things. Kystar gave some good examples above along that line.
Magick works within the set parameters of this universe, however. If someone tells you that they can throw a fireball, run the other way. Still, there are numerous reports of magickal training causing telekinesis, the ability to move objects with mental energy. Same with other psy abilities.
What magick is notoriously NOT good at is outright transformation of matter itself, as well as transformation of energy forms. Anything that seriously violates Newtonian Law is VERY hard to do, and highly improbable. In effect, if you cast a spell to fly, and jump off a high building, expect to go splat........
In terms of influencing spacetime events within Newtonian parameters, I've found magick to work quite well. In terms of Astral magick, my gut feeling is that it works quite well, but there is a highly subjective element to it. Just go to any occult message board and start a discussion on what the nature of spirits and the Gods are. Watch the sparks and fur fly........
-Z. deScathach of the Backwater Pinetree Node