If you ask any child this question " Is Magic Real?", more than likely they will answer with a resounding "Yes". Children do not even have to think about the question. Magic is something they know. The world is magical. Things are new to a child.
Personally as a child, I knew that magic was real. I used to give offerings (not that I called them that) to the Fairies in our gardens, and sure enough, when I came out the next day, the food that I had given them was gone. That was enough proof for my child brain to know that Magic and in this case, Fairies were real.
Fast forward to age 11, I had a Fairy party with Fairy bread and Fairy clouds, hosted at a place that had a secret door into a fairy palace. Needless to say, I still believed. Then fast forward to high school. The transition from childhood to adulthood. It was not cool to believe in Fairies, Magic, and everything else that goes along with viewing the world through childlike eyes. In fact, the world became dark & serious. In the transition from childhood to adulthood, many begin to realise that there are real problems in the world. That you cannot simply wish for things and make them come true. This can lead some to believe that Magic is something make believe that parents create to shield their children from the influences of reality. Is this true? Maybe. Or maybe parents are just too caught up in mundane existence to be able to see the magic?
Before we determine whether or not Magic is actually real, we need a definition.
So what even is magic??
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Magic is "a concept used to describe a mode of rationality or way of thinking that looks to invisible forces to influence events, effect change in material conditions, or present the illusion of change."
Magic Brings Hope
If all Magic does is give us hope that there is more out there than we can see; that we are not alone; and, that WE have the power to
change our own lives for the better, Is believing in Magic really that bad? You cannot create something unless you believe in it. Prior to December 17, 1903 when the Wright brothers first powered airplane flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina no one believed that people would ever be able to fly. It took people believing in it, to make it happen. Every day, people are told that things are not possible- look at the likes of Elon Musk.Sometimes, it just takes a little bit of imagination to prove that magic i.e. affecting change in your reality, is actually real.
At the end of the day however, it comes down to 1 crucial question:
Does It Even Matter If magick Is Real?
Whether or not you believe in Magick, comes down to results. When you believed in Santa Claus as a child, you probably got presents (or whatever the reward was that your family told you Santa would bring). This belief reinforced the idea that Santa and magic are real. Would you have received anything if you did not believe? Maybe, Maybe not. The point is, If your Magick works for you, then it is definitely real. If you feel something, it is real. If you try a few things and it does not work, then it might not be for you. Everyone is different, find the thing that works for you and Go with it.
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Middleton, J. F.M. , Gilbert, . Robert Andrew and Jolly, . Karen Louise (2023, September 29). magic. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/magic-supernatural-phenomenon