Magic is a tale that mesmerizes with mystery and suspense, and enchants with romance. Magic is the instruction of histories and traditions that enlighten us about our roots. Magic is the humor that brightens every countenance. Magic is the story that inspires us to great deeds. Storytelling is a grand tradition among people, and even though it has progressed from the oral to the spectacular 3-D productions of the silver screen, it is still the art of the Bard.
Magic is the dance. Gather around the fire and let the beating drums move you. Feel the release of the spirit as you move with the rhythm in the light of the dancing flames. Release the chant the comes forth from the depth of your soul with the up swelling spirit. Magic is a sense of “belonging.” Feel the connection with the place, its people, and the dancing flames. Fire is magic. Learn the dance of Life; the Dragons’ Dance.
Magic is Spirit, for Spirit is Life, and Life is magic. Spirit flows freely. It is contained within every living thing and that which isn’t, for Spirit is not contained by the rules of humankind. Spirit permeates the Creation, so magic is everywhere. That some cannot recognize it simply means their senses are dulled.
Magic is subtle and refined. The Third Hermetic Principle is simply stated, “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” The highest vibrations are subtle and refined and generally attributed to “The Divine.” The lowest vibrations are gross and crude and attributed to the solid matter of the physical realm. It is those who choose to dwell exclusively in this lower realm that claim magic doesn’t really exist; it is all smoke and mirrors. Accustomed to the forms of their “science” of the physical realm, they try to dissect, examine, classify, quantify, and explain the subtle and refined. They then use their failure to explain magic as evidence that it doesn’t exist. They imprison themselves.
To understand magic, you must elevate your awareness of the subtle and refined; you must elevate your spiritual vibration. Coincidentally, the Nazarene taught the same principle as recorded in John 3: 3-8. In all the lore of humankind, the Nazarene was a great adept who still has a large following. Ironically, most followers do not understand His teachings and deny magic as they continue choosing to dwell exclusively in the physical realm. That these souls are as blind as the ones who crucified their adept only heaps more irony upon a large stinking pile of irony… or is that just coincidental, too? However, this essay is not written for them. It is written for those who sincerely struggle to elevate themselves.
To elevate awareness of the subtle and refined, we must strive to abandon the forms of the physical realm. Magic cannot be explained in the technical form you might use to explain the nuclear reactions taking place in the core of the Sun, or the psychological behavior of a child. Do not try to explain magic through understanding garnered by physical senses. Understand that Spirit calls unto spirit. Spirit speaks to you through your inner senses. Open your inner self (heart) to the words, visions, and dreams that Spirit uses to communicate with you. Employ the tools of this physical realm only in the physical realm.
Magic resides in the breath. You are inspired with Life when you inhale. You speak and sing by exhaling. In this manner, the blessings of Life can be given. Speak the words that open your own heart and elevate your vibrations. This is a very important principle that is best explained by something you will discover sooner or later: magic is not something we do; magic is what we are.
In this Winter Solstice, let new light be brought into this dreary world through us. Through charms and enchantments, let us become charming and enchanting. The goblins and trolls that prefer the dark lower realms have ruled this world for far too long. Let us celebrate Yule by letting our lights shine brightly. Be magic!