Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Magic

Lately, I’ve been real interested in magic, and whether it actually exists or not. Oh, who am I kidding? I have always been interested. I have only recently, however, decided to undergo research to help understand different belief systems and origins of all the so-called magic.

I mean, a very large portion of humanity believes in at least one god of some sort, and in almost all cases, that god is capable of magic such as healing, answering prayers or controlling the weather. So, when we hear that someone is Christian or Buddhist or Hindu or Jewish, we just accept that and move on. But, what if someone told you that they worshiped Bondye, the god of voodoo? You’d likely laugh, roll your eyes or even be a little freaked out. Why, though?

Almost everyone accepts that “good magic” exists, in some form or other. Miracles, good luck, heck even prayer. Well, I’m of the opinion that in order to accept one thing, you have to recognize and accept its opposite. God and Satan, left and right, good and evil, day and night, white magic and, well, black magic. Why not? If someone in a place called Heaven can heal you, surely someone else can curse you. Right? Maybe so.

I’m highly intrigued by African/Southern voodoo and hoodoo, as well as the gypsies. If none of it was ever real, then they must have been part of one hell of a tale, because their ideas still exist today. I’m not sure if I believe that a gypsy can throw a curse at you, like what happened in Stephen King’s “Thinner”, but I know that I’m not going to be insulting one any time soon. I’m also not sure if the zombies are coming, but I ain’t heading to a cemetery with a spell book and a robe at midnight. And that tiny bit of skepticism, that little ping somewhere in my gut that tells me it’s a bad idea to piss off a hoodoo practitioner, a witch or a gypsy, kind of admits belief a little. Just a little. Doesn’t it?

And so, since I have established even a small bit of belief in magic, I feel it’s my duty to pursue it and see what I can find out. Either way, it’s a scary-ass route to take. If I find that it is in fact real, there could be some nasty things in store for me. If, at the end of my research, I find that it is not at all real, many of my dreams and aspirations will be crushed into tiny bits and I’ll be a broken man. Nothing serious.

10 comments:

terisblip.com said...

Fun post - Thinner, my reason for never, ever having to give road-head. Did I just say that outloud? haha

mothermorgan said...

We had many folks in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami who practiced Santaria... some very, erm, interesting things going on there. It's amazing the things you will find at a railroad crossing...

sailinwench said...

Well, to begin with Magic when refering to REAL Magick is spelled with a k. Magic is illusion you see in Vegas. Magick: harnessing the powers of nature to create positive change. No witch worth her salt would create negative change. However, it can be done, and many have reaped the consequences of the "Threefold Law". Look it up. I hope you enjoy your journey into the Magickal realm. As you know.....I believe. Welcome WitchBrenda

Kerry said...

Every days gives us a little magic:) Believe!

Kez:)

pbquig said...

I have always wanted to believe magick was real, but not brave enough to find out. I'm hoping you will keep us posted on what you find and all that happens. I think it's real, it only makes logical sense, although there is some version of psyching a person out with a curse. Good, good luck.
Pam
Pirate Knitting

Lisa Carey said...

Definitely magic in the world, no doubt about it.

Karen B said...

True magick does exist and it's all around us. You've got a good start on it by having an open mind. Signed, the proud Pagan :-)

Word Nerd said...

I read a book last year that really struck a chord with me--it described, in detail, pretty much what I've always felt in my gut was truth. The gist of the message was simply this: You can change the world—your world and the world at large—by simply offering genuine, heartfelt blessings to everyone.

I think that sentiment is magic. And I think it is very real.


My “M” post is right here: http://www.word-nerd-speaks.com/2011/04/medical-marijuana.html

Marie Anne said...

Magic to me is when you really believe in something and see it come to reality.

Karen Walker said...

I definitely believe in Magic if it's used for good. Sailinwench practicies Magick similar to what I believe. Nice to "meet"you on this a-z challenge.
karen