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'''A Magical Primer''' is a book by [[Alexander]] of [[Daventry]] ([[Gwydion]] of [[Llewdor]]).
 
'''A Magical Primer''' is a book by [[Alexander]] of [[Daventry]] ([[Gwydion]] of [[Llewdor]]).
   
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What is Magic? Pick a grain of sand from the palm-kissed beaches of Kolyma and pray that it answers the question. Then query the next grain, then the next, and again the next, and when all the sand on the all the beaches in all the realms of Daventry have answered you with their different answers then know that there are as many different explanations as their are "Once in a lifetime offers" in the [[Other World]]. In that light, here is ''my'' explanation.
 
What is Magic? Pick a grain of sand from the palm-kissed beaches of Kolyma and pray that it answers the question. Then query the next grain, then the next, and again the next, and when all the sand on the all the beaches in all the realms of Daventry have answered you with their different answers then know that there are as many different explanations as their are "Once in a lifetime offers" in the [[Other World]]. In that light, here is ''my'' explanation.
   
Magic is that which actually binds the universe together.  It encompasses not just the connections all things have with each other, but includes the [[aether]] through which these relationships flow. Magic is the essence, belief is the glue; all is connected each to the other. These connections may not always be clear to the mundane senses of sight, smell, and the like, but that does not mean they are less real. Cause and effect, action and interaction--all occur through the correspondence of nature. In conjunction with the elements of air, fire, earth and water, all act to produce a desired result. The great principles are "As above, so below," and "Nothing is as it appears." The minute is attached to the mighty. The flame of the candle and the flame of love are one, and they too are one with the flame of life. We can learn the principles of these connections and how they are joined together. Then, by use of the proper words or actions or magical tools, the relationships implicit in the aether are made explicit. Together the essence, the elements, and the principle both create and control our reality.
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Magic is that which actually binds the universe together.  It encompasses not just the connections all things have with each other, but includes the [[aether]] through which these relationships flow. Magic is the essence, belief is the glue; all is connected each to the other. These connections may not always be clear to the mundane senses of sight, smell, and the like, but that does not mean they are less real. Cause and effect, action and interaction--all occur through the correspondence of nature. In conjunction with the elements of air, fire, earth and water, all act to produce a desired result. The great principles are "As above, so below," and "Nothing is as it appears." The minute is attached to the mighty. The flame of the candle and the flame of love are one, and they too are one with the flame of life. We can learn the principles of these connections and how they are joined together. Then, by use of the proper words or actions or magical tools, the relationships implicit in the aether are made explicit. Together the essence, the elements, and the principle both create and control our reality.
   
 
It is through the art of Magic that we know, understand, and manipulate these connections. Through the studies of the practitioners of the magic arts--the wizards, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, seers, alchemists, necromancers, mages, and others--these relationships have been traced and to some degree understood. It must be admitted that these practitioners do come in the flavors of good and evil, and the shades of black and white. They also are known to follow the Left-Hand as well as the Right-Hand paths. However it is through their use of the various magics that Daventry continues to exist at all. Evil follows good as night follows day and goats follow carrots. We suspect if the Magic were to go away, so would Daventry. To be as if we never were--that would be the greatest of evils.
 
It is through the art of Magic that we know, understand, and manipulate these connections. Through the studies of the practitioners of the magic arts--the wizards, witches, warlocks, sorcerers, seers, alchemists, necromancers, mages, and others--these relationships have been traced and to some degree understood. It must be admitted that these practitioners do come in the flavors of good and evil, and the shades of black and white. They also are known to follow the Left-Hand as well as the Right-Hand paths. However it is through their use of the various magics that Daventry continues to exist at all. Evil follows good as night follows day and goats follow carrots. We suspect if the Magic were to go away, so would Daventry. To be as if we never were--that would be the greatest of evils.
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