This is a book about magic. It’s about how to plan, construct, and perform magic, which is to say, how to do spells. Some people say that magick with a “k” distinguishes occult magic(k) from the kind of magic done on stage with rabbits and saws and scarves. Maybe I’m a writer first and an occultist second, because I don’t like purposely misspelling words to make a point. If you’re flipping through this book to learn card tricks, let the bookstore owner or librarian know it’s misshelved, and move along. This book emphasizes how to raise and send power. These ideas, raising power and sending power, make up the bulk of the pages that follow— they’re two of the necessary features of a spell. They’re the features often missing from fictionalized magic, such as you’ll see in a thousand movies and television shows. In fiction, all you need is magic words (which we’ll discuss) and/or a magical object (which we’ll discuss) and/or steps performed in the proper order (which we’ll discuss). But rarely does fiction address the idea that you can have all these ingredients and there’s still something missing. Honestly, I think that omission is not so much a mistake as a potent fantasy. Make-believe magic is practically effortless, unlike real magic. In fiction, either some people are born Witches and others aren’t (that’s right, Harry Potter, I’m talking to you), or the same spells work for everyone and the only trick is in finding the spell and its ingredients.

 

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