Defining Magic

Recently, I attended a fascinating discussion about the definition of magic and how it fits in with scientific investigation. I found it really interesting and I’d like to share some of the points here.

When we talk about magic, most people have some idea what we mean by this word. Images of wizards, witches or stage magicians come to mind, and we understand magic to be some form of manipulation of the physical world by means that cannot be explained by the usual laws of physics. Whether we’re talking about magic tricks or magic spells, we’re generally looking causing some effect that seems to be physically impossible. We also tend to expect that if we perform the same trick or spell, we’ll see the same physical result. Read more

Positive Thinking with Props

Recently I was asked about paganism and witchcraft, and I thought it about what those things mean to me. This is what I came up with.

Paganism is an umbrella term for a wide range of belief systems centered around nature. Practitioners range from reconstructionists, who aim to follow the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors, to eclectics who mix together bits and pieces from a range of religions and belief systems to create something quite unique to them. Beliefs about god range from polytheism to athiesm, and some also believe in spirits, angels, fairies and demons. Read more

Truth as the Basis for Belief

I have always thought beliefs should be based upon truth. It seems to make sense. I believe that my house exists because it appears to be true. I see it all the time, I can touch it, other people can see it too. It is definitely true that my house exists, therefore my belief in it is rational and sound.

I have spent a lot of time trying to find a truth on which to base my beliefs about other things, such as my belief that thoughts create or alter reality or that our spirit survives beyond the death of our bodies. I have thrown myself into a search for some ultimate truth about the meaning of life, the point of existence, something on which to base my beliefs. However, I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible for us to know the truth about such things. Either, such a truth is beyond our comprehension, or it simply doesn’t exist. Read more

The Point of Life

Over the summer I have been pondering the meaning of life, the reason for existence, and what we are here for.  I have considered a whole range of possibilities varying from there being no meaning or point at all, through to life being so amazing in itself that that is the point. Obviously I can’t possibly come up with all the answers, but I can share my thoughts and views.

The main reason I have been thinking about the point of it all is that I have reached a stage in my life where I can begin to plan out a path for myself. My children are growing up and I will no longer be needed at home as much, so I can start to make my way in the world and create a life that will continue to be fulfilling and interesting long after my children have grown up and moved on with their own lives. But now that I’m faced with the infinite options, how on earth do I begin to choose? Read more