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Today, I’m thinking about what’s common among the many different types of serious mages.
I think every serious mage loves exploring how magick works. They’ll feel dissatisfied with incomplete answers, or with answers they can’t build on. And they’ll care more about accuracy than about being right, because so much of developing accurate models is admitting you were wrong, then fixing it.
Those things are the heart of science. But when you talk about science, people think of flux capacitors and quantum dilation and other star trek phrases — things that sound like science, even if they don’t explain anything. In other words, most people conflate genuine understanding with the language of particular fields of science, and the technology that comes from those fields. But science is in the insight and testing, not in the vocabulary.
When I write about magick, I borrow the language of computers and engineering. That’s just the way I think, and the fields I’m familiar with. But I know serious mages who prefer biology for their terms and metaphors, and I could imagine others who prefer abstract math, or chemistry, or even something like sculpture or painting. I don’t think the basic language matters, as long as you’re developing detailed models, then testing them well.
I think that exploring other metaphors will make me a better mage. Both better at teaching (which is what got me on this post), and better at exploring magick from different angles to develop more robust models. And so, I want to keep some other metaphors in my back pocket, to work with when I want to explore.
So, a question for you: What fields do you use for metaphors and terms as you explore magick? Thanks!If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.