The extent of magick


Magick, the causing of change in conformity with will, is self-evidently operative in certain domains. For example:

  • My will itself is an object under magickal control of my will. I can will myself to will one thing rather than another.
  • The imagination is under magickal control of my will. I can will images into existence with almost no effort besides that of defining and detailing. “Red triangle, be!” is easy. “Triangle with rainbow colors arranged left to right, be!” is harder. But the gap is minimal—will arises and almost immediately image appears.
  • Language is under magickal control of my will. I can construct any sentence in conformity with my will. “‘I can construct any sentence in conformity with my will’, be!”
  • The position and movement of my body are under magickal control of my will. I intend to lift my right index finger and, with very little effort, it lifts, almost simultaneously with my will.

My will is fully magickal over the domains of my own body, speech, and mind. Outside of this, my will is only partially magickal.

  • Other people’s actions are under the partial magickal control of my will. “Raise your right hand!” will cause person X to raise her right hand, under certain conditions. “Look out!” screamed at almost anyone who understands those words will cause rapid head movement and ducking.
  • Skillful movement of my body is under the partial magickal control of my will. I want to play guitar with a certain proficiency, but I cannot produce the sounds I will without many hours of training.

… and so on.

The point is: if we are to include “the will” as a member of our ontology, then we must admit (1) that magick is real, and (2) that it has full and partial power over certain domains.