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Monday, October 19, 2015

The Mystery of Magic

The Mystery of Magic - Rosalie Redd

What is magic? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary magic is:
a)              The use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces
b)             An extraordinary power or influence seemingly from a supernatural source
c)              The art of producing illusions by sleight of hand

Magic inspires wonder, curiosity, and fascination with possibilities of life filled with something more, something magical. From man’s early days, the allure of supernatural powers has captured our imaginations. Every culture and civilization throughout history has stories and beliefs grounded in magic.
What draws us to the allure of the supernatural? What captures our imagination, makes us want to comprehend what we don’t understand? Our inquisitive nature as humans drives us to identify solutions to problems, think about how the world works, and our role in it. Magic gives us hope, faith, a belief that maybe there’s more than what we can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste.
Stories involving magic offer a glimpse into a particular culture’s views and customs. Over the centuries, the desire and need for these tales hasn’t abated. Books on the subject of magic abound online and on the shelves of brick and mortar chain stores. Some places even specialize in occult, new age, or alternative magic.
Even today, many fiction books include the use of magic. Specific genres such as science fiction, dystopian, fantasy, and paranormal all have an element of the supernatural. From mysterious and alien planets to time travel to otherworldly beings, the strange, weird and different call to us on a subconscious level. I believe we are drawn to mythical stories to escape and to understand a piece of ourselves as well as our world.

What do you think? Do you like magic? If so, why?

Author Bio

After finishing a rewarding career in finance and accounting, it was time for Rosalie Redd to put away the spreadsheets and take out the word processor. She writes Paranormal/Science Fiction Romance inspired by classics from the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres layered with a good, hot dose of romance.
She currently lives in Oregon, where rain is just another excuse to keep writing. When not at her computer, you can find her at Jazzercise, waterfall collecting in the Pacific Northwest, or relaxing with her husband and their pesky cat, Snookums.

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Sarah Raplee said...

Hi Rosalie! I do like magic in stories. I like thinking about 'what if?' How would that impact us? And I like the unexpected twists and turns the author's imagination takes that keep me interested.

Most of all, I like any story that evokes a sense of wonder and possibilities, one that reminds me that we don't know everything - in fact, we've barely scratched the surface!

Nadine Mutas said...

I love the idea of magic. I'm still miffed about the fact that I have to live in an apparently magic-less world (still waiting on my Hogwarts letter, dammit!), which is why I just HAVE to write stories that feature supernatural powers and magical creatures.

Rosalie Redd said...

I totally agree with you Sarah I love it when an author invokes a good sense of wonder in a story!

Nadine, I love your stories. Hot demons and the witches that tame them, so cool! I can't get enough.

Judith Ashley said...

I do think magic is alive and well in the world today although it does take some effort to develop that talent. Madelle Morgan's post earlier this month was about 5 2 8 self-healing. There are classes we can take to improve our 6th sense and just being aware of when it is working helps strengthen it. Keep track of those times when you are thinking about someone and they call or you meet up with them unexpectedly at the store, etc.

Courtney Pierce said...

I love magic in stories, especially when it's an unexpected component of a story set in the real world. The "fantastic" opens our thinking to possibilities, while deliciously complicating an already complicated situation. Nice article, Rosalie!

Rosalie Redd said...

Wow, Judith, I know what you mean. Sometimes I think - gee, wouldn't that be funny if...and then it happens a few minutes later. Some would say that was coincidence, but I wonder if there isn't more to some magic!

Thanks, Courtney! I agree with you, the best magic is often unexpected.