Words from Mr. Crowley

Englishmagic tweeted this interesting quote from Aleister Crowley.  I’ve been having some conversations and seeing posts about science and magic recently and these words popped out at me.

Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.
Aleister Crowley

Do you agree or disagree? Do you consider magic a science, an art, or something else? A combination? I’d love to know your thoughts.

Published by M. A. Phillips

An author and Druid living in Northern NY.

3 thoughts on “Words from Mr. Crowley

  1. I have always preferred to look at it as, “magic is the art of getting results.” That perspective can empower everyone to follow their intuition and makes magic more accessible and intrinsic. Thanks for provoking thought and conversation!

  2. I can’t think of magick as a science because science seems very rigid, logical, and exacting. Magick to me is more about feelings, impulse, and things that can’t be measured. I think that’s why paranormal activities can’t really be ‘proven’ and it amuses me to see ghost hunters hauling out a ton of electronic equipment for evidence. I think magick should be a highly personal experience, something unique to each individual.

  3. Believing in what you feel to be true versus what you know to be true is tricky, and is often what leads to the worst of the theological debates. I’ve had Christians in the past try and challenge me and my beliefs, and I just site that if Noah’s Ark is possible, if Jesus resurrected himself, then why can’t I see and feel the energy fields around a tree? Magic to me is everywhere, but it’s what I FEEL to be true. All my experiences with proof of it’s existence, or the existence of spirits, are undocumented and treasured.

    But, if you’re interested, look into Noetic Sciences (something Mr. Crowley would have probably been highly invested in) as they are studying and explaining many of the mysteries of life. Reading a scientific take on some of the spiritual or faith driven phenomenons is really fascinating. http://www.noetic.org/

    This discussion is one of the main reasons why I wish I could go and listen in to much of the discoveries of the Renaissance.. a time when science, faith, superstitions, and magic was all intermingled and believed in. It’s such a shame that science has become as cold and exacting that 1 + 1 can no longer equal anything but 2.

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