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Remember those cheesy ads for cleaners, where they’d dip a stained cloth in a bowl of special soap? Remember how they said it “works like magic”?
One of the ironies of any mage’s life is that magick doesn’t “work like magic.”
Real magick promotes healing, but it doesn’t alter tissue instantly. Real magick guides you to make better decisions, and might even guide people around you to make decisions slightly more favorable to you, but won’t make you Bill Gates or Richard Branson. Like marketing and medicine and psychology, real magick makes small alterations that, over time, add up to something significant.
Real magick doesn’t “work like magic.”
What does this mean for us, as practitioners of magick? It means that, when we say we “practice magick,” we may be conjuring up an expectation that only illusionists and frauds could hope to meet. It means that, if our customers expect our magick to work like magic — and can you blame them? — they’re going to be disappointed. It means that we may be using the wrong word.
I don’t have an answer. But now I can at least express the problem concisely: Magick doesn’t “work like magic.”If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.