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?
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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