Use of magic

by Zardoz
Updated: August 13, 2018

Understanding the use of magical symbolism such as a financial tarot for making better decisions

Magic means different things to different people. My preference is to use it as a term describe something not understood but without the implication that anything supernatural is involved.

Some years ago I was gifted a tarot card deck. When I opened the pack, 3 cards fell out, which surprised me. Even more surprising was that, despite never having used tarot cards before, I knew exactly what they meant. Most surprising of all was what they actually said to me:

“Magic will not help you.”

Bummer.

This puzzled me for a couple of years until I finally understood...

“Magic”

The word magic can be traced back through the Latin magus from the Greek μάγος, which is from the Old Persian maguš derived from the Proto-Indo-European *magh, meaning “be able” and referring to a person who had abilities - particularly those of a predictive nature - beyond popular understanding.

Possibly the first magus (and the person for whom the term maguš was adopted) was Zoroaster, a.k.a. Zarathustra, who lived in Persia (now Iran) around 1000+ BCE.

Although mystical ideas have existed since pre-history and Zoroaster is recorded as having been inducted into religious activity from an early age, he seems to have been highly intelligent and more rational than any known predecessors.

Since the founding of Zoroastrianism, magi (magicians) became equally if not more concerned with science than religion. The veil of mysticism served many purposes but, down through history, it was this mysticism that was more frequently exposed as false with the result that magic became synonymous with deception.

Mysticism: Magic as an occult practice

When the proposed mechanism is something that is supposed to transcend the laws of physics, i.e. as an occult practice, it needs to be distinguished from that which can be explained rationally. An increasingly popular approach is to use the Early Modern English spelling of magick as per Aleister Crowley.

Science: Anything you don’t understand is magic

In ancient times, predicting something as dramatic as a solar eclipse would have been true magic. Nowadays, we would not call it magic at all. Given the mathematics, any of us can do it.

Modern magicians can perform tricks that are astounding. But we have faith that it comes down to sufficient knowledge & practice.

A tablet or a cell phone is the closest thing to a magic book the world has ever seen. It might as well be magic.

Making better decisions using magic

There are a lot of aspects of human psychology and ability that we don’t fully understand. Areas of physics too. This doesn’t mean we should pretend they don’t exist.

The key to using “Magic” is making the simple adjustment from thinking, “Why would some small thing have an effect?” to “Why would it not?” and accepting that we might be able to perceive it at some level.

It’s only magic because you can’t explain it.

Making better decisions using the tarot

How & why magical symbolism such as the tarot can help us make decisions is actually quite complicated but essentially it relies on our innate belief in synchronicity to access what has been perceived subconsciously.

The idea is that, deep down, you already know the answer and doing something that involves symbolic interpretation brings it to your consciousness.

The “Tarot” section of the website (linked in the footer) uses these principles to generate a financial tarot reading and obtain answers to questions about business and wealth development.

More info

“Zoroaster” at newworldencyclopedia.org

“The Difference Between Magic and Magick” at learnreligions.com

Magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet - quote attributed to Arthur C. Clarke. See “Clarke’s Laws” at thoughtco.com

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