Magic Refuted

From “Portal of the Keltic Gods”, Chapter 3.

In concluding this chapter on ‘Evidence’ in which reference has been made to the term “Magic(k)”, some comment must be made to qualify the expression.  Magic(k) is at the present time accepted as “the utilisation of certain natural forces, within the framework or constraints of natural laws, to effect changes in conformity with the will of the practitioner”.  The vast majority of people, being totally ignorant of the theory and practice of this work, naturally tend to minimise their own ignorance and attempt to allay their fear of the unknown by endeavouring to assure themselves that such work is fallacious and impossible.  This is simply psychology - the unknown produces fear which arouses the instinct of self-preservation and self-preservation causes one either to flee, perhaps laughing all the while to hide embarrassment, or to turn and attack the fear-producing object.

I personally never use the word “Magic(k)” because, by common usage and on account of numerous misconceptions, it has become an exceedingly silly term but as it is a derivation of the Attic Greek magoj ('magos' - a wise or knowing person), it is to this root that we must turn for a simple explanation:-

“That which is practised by those who have the knowledge and skills to do so”.

Of course, this can also apply to herbalism, hypnosis and psychotherapy - skills which would at one time have condemned the practitioner to death by (Un)Holy Mother Church.  In modern times we could include armaments manufacture, nuclear physics and possibly political machinations worldwide with all the evil THESE imply, rightly condemning the skills of those therein involved!

Chapter 8

In reviewing the practical aspects of any branch of the British heritage in religion, the first step is to ruthlessly excise from our minds the word 'magic(k)'.  Even the appearance of the Cosmos, Omniverse or Multiverse in all its complexity, which could be termed the greatest magic, is simply a natural phenomenon brought to fruition by the omnipotence of the cosmic Extruding Forces.  All within the cosmos, therefore, is simply NATURAL and nothing more.

The 'supernatural', therefore, cannot exist as nothing can be above or greater than Nature itself.

Mankind describes many events as 'magical', but what is really implied is the experiencing of a high degree of wonderment when the intrinsic elements of the event cannot be readily understood.  The Welsh have a term for this state of mind, the word 'hwyl' - meaning a healthy and respectful awe of some event in Nature's panoply with a resulting spontaneous joy or spiritual uplift.

Indeed this is experienced when falling in love, walking through a Winter countryside or holding a newborn baby.  As living individuals we are constantly encapsulated by Divinity where'er we be and house it as a motivating energy throughout our entire being.  The wording from one of our family ceremonies makes this constantly ignored truth abundantly clear:-

"Yet in th'enfolding darkness of that cloak of time and space; in mystic gleam of distant star; in moon-shine pale that waters mirror 'neath our gaze; in Summer's hall of green bedecked with countless colours bright and clear; in lover's smile; in mirth and tears of childhood brief; in leaping hind; in nest of lapwing, vole and speckled wood - She is ever there!"

Worship, then, may be performed in any place and at any time and practical work such as healing and the assistance of others via religious practicalities is simply human understanding working within the framework of Nature's laws.  Indeed the same is true of acupuncture, homeopathy, surgery, psychiatry - even coal mining, steel manufacture or weaving.  There is no such thing as 'magic(k)' or ‘the supernatural’ as they are usually envisaged.

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