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Today, I’m going to ask a question I’m genuinely curious about. But I could imagine an aggressive skeptic asking this pejoratively. So, I’m asking a favor: Remember that’s not me.
Frater RO recently talked about the Golden Dawn having magick from the first through third centuries. Which makes me ask:
Why care about 1st-3rd century magick?
I mean, if you try to heal someone with 2nd century medicine, you know what happens? They die.
If you try to cross the ocean with 2nd century boats, you know what happens? You get lost and die.
Publishing your ideas, moving across the country or creating a gear using 2nd century technology is roughly a million times harder and slower than it is today. You know why? Because technology compounds, science is awesome, and we’re better at altering the physical world today than we were 2000 years ago.
So, why seek ancient magick? What’s the point?
You’re probably expecting me to explain how ancient magicks are better, and why we should all explore what people did 2000 years ago. But I don’t have an answer. If you pressed me, I’d say that people exploring ancient magick are looking in the wrong places (assuming they want effective results, rather than historical art or something).
But there seems to be a lot of mages basing their art in the ancient world. So I’m curious — genuinely, respectfully curious, not “curious” as a euphemism for “an excuse to poke you with annoying questions.” Maybe there’s something I’m missing.
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