Magic as the art, Healing as the craft.

"Magic is a by product of the oldest science - far older than astronomy, chemistry, or biology. This "science" constituted the earliest investigations into nature.

What cause the seasons to turn, the sea to rise and fall, the birth and death of all living things?

Magic - the use of natural energies to bring about needed change - arose when those early human discovered invisible forces around them.

Humans were aware of the effects of gravity, electricity and magnetism long before such terms were coined.

Nuts fell to the ground.

Lighting blasted trees.

Animal fur created sparks when stroked on dry days.

Metallic rocks strangely attracted bits of iron.

But these early humans discovered more than has been accepted into scientific doctrine. They sensed connections between humans and specific places, between them and the Earth.

They intuited forces residing within plants, animals and stones.

They felt energies within their own bodies that could be moved according to will and need.

Through centuries of experimentation, error and inspiration, magic was born. It evolved into a tool of personal power, one with a fantastic potential to help and harm.

The power of magic springs from the Earth itself, as well as from stars and celestial bodies.

It resides within winds, rocks and trees; in flames and water and our bodies. Rousing and directing such forces sums up the practice of magic...

This is a personal art. It is certainly one in which the practitioner must actually participate. Armchair magicians do no produce results. Those who are willing to dirty their hands and to actually practice (herb) magic are soon improving their lives and themselves."

(Excerpt from The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by Scott Cunningham)

Some call it miracle, which wikipedia defines as:

A miracle is a supernatural event that seems inexplicable by natural or scientific laws. In various religions, a phenomenon that is characterized as miraculous is often attributed to the actions of a supernatural being, (especially) a deity, a magician, a miracle worker, a saint, or a religious leader.
Informally, the word miracle is often used to characterise any beneficial event that is statistically unlikely but not contrary to the laws of nature, such as surviving a natural disaster, or simply a "wonderful" occurrence, regardless of likelihood (e.g. "the miracle of childbirth"). Some coincidences may be seen as miracles.
moon magic

When it comes to the magic of healing (becoming more healthy, in body, mind and/or spirit) we can consider something as complexly simple as 'the placebo effect'.

Nature is magic in motion picture mode. We see, for example, the changes of the seasons on a grand scale, or the cycles of the sun rising and setting as the moon waxes and wanes, without paying too much attention to the detail.

This is where we bring the concept of the Art of Magic into play, which is considered a performing art in which audiences are entertained by tricks, effects, or illusions of seemingly impossible feats, using natural means. Wikipedia, furthermore, explains the history, as follows:

The term "magic" etymologically derives from the Greek word mageia (μαγεία). In ancient times, Greeks and Persians had been at war for centuries, and the Persian priests, called magosh in Persian, came to be known as magoi in Greek. Ritual acts of Persian priests came to be known as mageia, and then magika.

In order to heal, we must learn to be our own alchemist. We are the science lab of experiments;

* through the enzymatic response of oxygen to the various different Periodic table compounds required to make life function,

* through the magnetic push and pull of heavy metals interacting with the planet and cosmos,

* through the electrical currents of, often times barely perceptible sensory energy, such as UV light and limited sound frequency range from about 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

Healing the body, requires the skill of an actuary.

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