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Author Topic: Practical applications of ritual magick  (Read 5296 times)
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« Reply #11: August 10, 2007, 04:36:28 pm »

Using wording such as "Let harm come to no one" helps to avoid these issues?
They're not "magic words" that will somehow deflect problems.  You still have to be careful and precise in all your wording and intent.

It's also dependent on the magical paradigm you work in.  Mine, f'ex, considers magic to be driven by the Will and intent of the magician - there's no external monitoring force that will "let" or "not let" certain results happen by request; it's up to the magician hirself to consider all consequences and do what's necessary (up to and including deciding that particular bit of magic just isn't worth the potential problems) to avoid those s/he doesn't want.  Wording of that kind may be helpful in directing intent more precisely, but it won't prevent unwanted consequences all by itself.

If your magical paradigm is one in which magic is essentially a form of petitionary prayer, and the actual "doing" of the thing is by some divine agency (if s/he sees fit to do so), then such phrasing may be effective - but on the other hand, it too will be subject to whether s/he sees fit to do so.  Many deities, when such a phrase is used along with sloppy wording/intent, are as likely as not to decide that the petitioner needs a lesson in consequence and diligence.

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