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Archive for Thursday 25th April 2002 - Black and White Magic
Black magic helps you to trick people and take advantage of them by underhand
means. You may think you are doing well by it, but you cannot avoid the
comeuppance. It affects your looks and character, and you end up as a
monster, cut off from human sympathies.
True magic is for your own happiness and the benefit of everyone around you.
First it transforms you and then it changes the world. One of the first
exercises in magical training is to put aside grievances and visualise your
surroundings as a type of paradise. If you try it, you will soon glimpse the
purpose of magic – to bring back that natural, but long-forgotten state of
existence, the Golden Age.
In ancient, magical times, whole nations were held in a state of enchantment.
In the relics of stone-age Britain you can see the instruments by which the
spell was maintained. People lived simply, in thatched huts together with
their animals. All their skills and efforts were devoted to the huge
structures of earth and stone by which they kept in contact with the dead and
with the gods. With constant festivals, music, dancing and story-telling,
their lives were made rich. They knew nothing of prisons or palaces, but were
happy and secure and in need of nothing.
Nowadays, of course, everything seems different. But this world is as magical
as ever, once you start seeing it like that.
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Unexplained Phenomena, A Rough Guide Special
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Who Wrote Shakespeare?
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