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Magic Without Maddness
July 28, 2009

While scientists tend to deny the possibility or viability of magic…
dear kindred,
… even while their theories increasingly demonstrate how it works, religionists usually accept the reality of magic while, most often, denouncing its use by anyone but their god/s, saints or prophets. The mythology that attends these beliefs tells us that one may use magic, perhaps even gaining fame, fortune and sensual fulfillment but in time one will always have to pay the price when the devil calls in his marker or the magic rebounds on one.

Take for instance, the movie Covenant (which we like quite a bit) about a group of prep school boys who have inherited magic, and well as great wealth obtained by magic, from their families. They can use the magic, but the more they do so the more they grow older, so that our hero’s father is a 40 something year old man who looks and acts like he’s 120 because of all the magic he has done. Despite this fact, at the end of the movie we see our hero, having just conquered the villain, replace his broken windshield with a wave of his hand, because apparently, despite his enormous bank account he can’t be troubled to take it to an auto shop.

Justine Larbalestier’s novel Magic or Madness (which we enjoyed greatly) has a similar theme, using magic ages those who have the power, on the other hand, failure to use it brings madness. This is an interesting and tantalizing dilemma for a novel but fortunately does not convey the reality of magic.

The truth is that magic, when done properly, is rather like a good work out. It may seem temporarily tiring but in the long run one is both better and stronger for having done it and quite often the mere act of doing it is exhilarating, rather like the “rush” an athlete gets from running.

What do we mean by the magic being done properly? We mean that it is done with creative and beneficial intention. It is important that our magic be ever a source of beauty and healing. Unlike many Alice Bailey students of the Great White Lodge, we are not of the opinion that magic can only be safely done when performed in the service of others and of the “Masters”. It is only natural that people should do their magic first and foremost for their own benefit: the Spirits help those who help thems’elves!, however, it is important that we do not use our magic to harm or interfere with others.

Because we are connected to the all of life, all that we do rebounds on us. If we do magic for our own benefit alone, that benefit will nonetheless be extended to others. On the other hand, if we seek to interfere and harm others, that will also come back to us. Do magic to harm others is like getting our work out by beating people up. Such magic simply creates resistance that will in time surely undo us.

To do magic for ours’elves alone is not wrong but it is wisely still and more productive if all our magics consider the greater good as well, for as we become more and more aware of the greater realm of spirits, those spirits also become increasingly acquainted with us. As we assume responsibility for all our people we increase in both wisdom and power and take our place among those who have shaped the evolution of wee folk who have had the joy and privilege to call ours’elves elves.

Ver nesidas mellun vari te (In shimmering starlight ever be),
The Silver Elves


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