The Science of Magic
from the Book "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft"
by Christopher Penczak
Magic Theory allows serious students of the craft to find an intelligent, sophisticated model of the universe that deals with the use of abilities usually dismissed by mainstream society. Doing a ritual or reciting a spell can seem silly the first time around, but understanding the reasons behind the ritual or chant can lend it credibility. Without this, a portion of our mind is always doubting our magical actions. Many old superstitions have a basis in metaphysics, but if you do not understand that basis, they continue to be superstitions. Despite popular opinion, witchcraft is not superstitious. The practitioners of this craft have very specific reasons for doing things. An educated witch understands how real magic works in the modern world and can discuss it intelligently even with someone who may not necessarily believe in it.
Since the beginning of civilization, there have been philosophers asking the tough questions, seeking to understand. These scholars sought to understand the nature of the universe and how humanity interacts with it. In ancient cultures, the use of magic, charms, and pychic abilities was not only well documented, but accepted as a fact. Scholars, who often were practitioners of such arts, desired to understand intellectually the evidence right before their eyes, to know intimately how will and intent interacted with certain forces, through symbol, charm, chant, or ingredient, to effect a change. As a result of this quest, occurring in many places in the world, over many eras, various theories and laws were established. Thse are not laws in the sense of morals of a society, but are similar to the laws of the physical sciences.
These laws are some of the best explanations we have for the phenomena of magic, spells, and psychic powers. Since the modern magic community is not as united as the modern scientific community, there is no general agreement on what exactly these "laws" are, although those who choose to study magic theory come across various texts with the same basic ideas described in a multitude of ways. Depending on what tradition and culture of magic you study, you may prefer one form over another. Modern magica scholars have coined many of their own terms, building on the foundations of the past, to better explain the process of magic. Magic is not a musty old discipline, but a strong, growing tree, weaving together branches from the ancient and modern worlds.
For more on the subject, read "The Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation, and Psychic Development" by Christopher Penczak
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