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Is Magic Real? Of Course It Is.

Okay, okay. Perhaps magic isn’t real in the sense that we normally mean it. Cake is real, we can touch it, buy it, eat it, etc. Thoughts are likewise real, but aren’t material as cake is. Science is real, but no more so than thoughts are, because science is an idea, a concept, a process, not a physical thing. So what do I mean by magic being real?

We often think today that witches and such things never really existed and that the many occasions when witches have been persecuted and punished were simply, if you will excuse my saying this, “witch hunts”.

You couldn’t be more wrong.

Witch’s were (and really, are) real, and so was the magic they were supposed to be practicing. Real in the sense that thoughts are real, not in the sense that cake is. That would be true even if magic were efficacious. There were people who made “pacts” with the devil and here were people who made potions and cast spells. We know this because there are an incredible number of books written to explain how to do magic and documenting its supposed effects. I am lucky enough to own several reproductions (translated) of some works from the middle of the medieval period, commonly known as “grimoires”.

One of my favorites is a text called “The Sworn Book of Honorius“. If you dig around you may be able to find a copy, although I did try just now and I couldn’t find any for sale, so I assume it must be out of print. The copy I have was found via Abebooks a few years ago. (If you aren’t buying your books and textbooks from Abebooks, you should be locked up. In college I saved an average of 1 bajillion dollars every semester by using that site.)

Another good one is “The Key of Solomon”. While incredibly dark in some areas, it’s not quite as exciting as one might expect. A fascinating read if you are interested in this sort of thing. I am fairly certain the whole thing is available online for your perusal, but once again, my Google-Fu is weak.

I’m not going to say much more at this point because this post is merely a lead in for a series of posts on various bits of evil that make up the storied past of those who are the descendents of Europeans of one shade or another. Like witch’s, demon’s and monsters of all kinds have always been with us, and for all intents and purposes were/are very real to many people, as real as anything that happens in your mind is. There are a tremendous number of things that defy explanation, even today, and while that is not evidence in support of the existence of werewolves or Djinn’s and such, one has to wonder what truth began the stories of these things.

I do indeed mean truth.

It is remarkably hard to even deliberately tell a complete lie. Demons and other beasts are almost certainly not lies, as much as they are almost certainly not truth. The question then should become, not whether or not they are true beings/creatures, but where does the truth end and the fiction begin? If we consider vampires as a quick example, the truth is that bodies can bleed and move on their own after death, even quite long afterwards. As parts of the body begin to dry out and degrade in many other ways, limbs and such will certainly move about. Blood vessels break and release their contents, gases make bodies expand as if they might have just eaten an entire Thanksgiving feast set for 12 and grave robbers regularly break open caskets to steal any precious contents, possibly leaving the scene in a state not unlike a corpse might after breaking out of its casket to feed!

So vampire truth makes up a great deal of the typical story, it’s intellectually lazy to dismiss the entire thing as fiction, because it isn’t. So, in a series of posts yet to come I’ll explore where truth and legend meet for a variety of monsters and their nocturnal brethren as well as some “creatures” that may in fact be complete human inventions with little basis in fact. You might be surprised at how modern many of these stories are and how the people of the Victorian Age may have been more afraid of supernatural baddies then our ancestors of 1000 AD.

On my list are:

  1. Vampiric Demons (a whole variety of beasties)
  2. Djinn’s (or genies, they are not exactly attractive blondes married to Air Force officers)
  3. Dragons (and other “natural” monsters of this sort)
  4. Ghosts (generally, malevolent spirits with varying degrees of influence and interactions with the physical world)
  5. The Undead
  6. Part Humans
  7. Creatures typically “conjured” (under the control of a human or not)
  8. Fairies (scarier stuff than Walt Disney would have us believe)
  9. Ghouls and goblins
  10. Other demonic entities not fitting into another category

Also, for reasons best known to WordPress, I am currently not able to comment on my, or any other blogs. I am able to type them and click submit, at which point the page refreshes, does not post my comment and erases whatever I had written. So I may or may not be able to respond if ones does indeed comment and expect a response. It does seem to be my account, and not my computer, I’ve tried several. Tips would be appreciated if anyone has a clue what has gotten into WordPress all of the sudden, it’s been happening off and on for about 3 weeks.

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  1. 2012/04/30 at 23:01

    Do I understand you correctly that since fools thought themselves to be witches, that means witches were real? I will grant you that flesh and blood people honestly thought of themselves as witches, but without any supernatural powers.

    Dragons and ghosts, on the other hand, do not exist. There are modern fools who think they are dragons or elves. They are called “otherkin” and they are a rung below furries on the dorkladder.

  2. 2012/05/01 at 13:56

    No no no, you have gone in a different direction than I was trying to.

    Aurthur C Clark gave it to us perfectly, that sufficiently advanced technology would be indistinguishable from magic. In our historical case here, we are not so much talking about advanced technology as we are things that are not yet understood very well. In such a climate when you do have people who claim to do this or that, or worse yet, when they are found to be in the process of doing “magic”, that is in fact a very real threat.

    The risk was the very real possibility of mass hysteria, and whether or not magic was real, demonstrable, reproducible, or documented doesn’t so much matter if the result is the same: Social and political upheaval.

    When you are talking about governments and societies in general, reality is anything that has those social and political ramifications. If there weren’t witches “known” to a community, the people would demand the government or church find some.

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