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Thaumaturgica, Vol 2ThaumaturgicaCommon Misconceptions of MagicMagic is often misdefined as the introduction of physically impossible change into an ordered system; if this were the case, magic would be a logical impossibility, as any configuration of the world must be physically possible. Occasionally, magic is misdefined as a personal communion with occult entities or powers; this is closer to the true definition, as the interplay of choice and change is what generates thaumaturgy, but this definition creates a false distinction between the application of will and the origin of magic: Magic and will are inextricably married concepts.Magic is by no means restricted to macropermutations; that is, magic is not limited to the physical scale of humans and the Earth. There is nanomagic, the deliberate introduction of change into particulate systems, and there is tensormagic, which introduces large-scale warps into the global structure of the universe. These are both, however, magic, and are not qual
Thaumaturgica, Vol IThaumaturgicaAn Introduction to the Theory and Practice of MagicIn its most classic and renowned conception, magic has been the ability to introduce change into the world in ways directed by the mind and precluded by the laws of nature. This definition, while certainly evocative, fails to note that magic is a natural phenomenon. However, magic is the deliberate introduction of change into any system. Thus, a comprehensive study of magic would include all acts of will, even if they are as trivial as sleeping in on a Tuesday morning. Magic is the art of dynamic intervention, the bending of the universe to the command of the mind, and the warping of reality itself.A History of the UniverseIn the beginning was the Void, and it was Without Form, but not Without Content. The Void was a seething crucible of energy and existence, and not an instant passed in the Void without the fires of creation spewing forth new particles, and not an instant passed without those very