Harry Potter and “Charmed” are great introductions to magic, but they do often mislead the general public about magic. Hopefully this article will demystify five of the common myths about magic created by popular media.
1. There Are No Muggles
Magic is the birth right of every single person on this planet. You don’t have to be “born” into a magical lineage, a witchy heritage, or a wizarding family. Everyone can learn magic. Magic is both an art and a science, with real rules, logic, and reasoning. Magic can be learned just as any science can be learned. You can start right now with the library of articles on our website, or (for those who really want to dive into the deep end) our Online Basic Magic Class.
So go ahead, learn magic. There are no muggles, only people who don’t yet know how to do magic!
2. The “Personal Gain” Thing and Magic
The whole myth that you can’t do magic for personal is bogus. If you can’t use magic as a recourse in a life that is admittedly unfair at times, what is it for? Magic should be used to improve your life. Many practitioners have used magic to attract money, recognition, and other life conditions, all without backlash. Can you use magic to win the lottery? You can try, but it probably won’t work. Why not? Because the stream of resistance against it from society is too strong. Most people buy lottery tickets “expecting” not to win. This is a topic for a whole other article, but know that Rules of the Road, the universal laws that govern magical practice, do not prohibit the use of magic for personal gain. So ahead, gain!
3. Magic Should Be Given Away for Free
We get the occasional snide email from someone who thinks that magic should be given away for free. “You claim that magic is the birth right of every planetary citizen,” they say. “Why don’t you give it away then?”
Good question. Let’s clarify this issue about birth right. We have the right to many things on this planet, including knowledge of all kinds (magical and mundane), love, consciousness, joy, and faith. But just because we have a right to it does not mean that we come into this world owning it. Having a right to something simply means that we have the option to “get” it if we choose, but it is up to us to “get” what we want.
For instance, every single person on this planet has the right to be a rocket scientist, should they so choose. Does that mean that MIT or Princeton should give away their knowledge about rocket science at no cost? No. Can you learn a lot about rocket science by going to the library and “getting” the knowledge at no charge. Yes. But how many people will actually do that?
The same is true for magic. We give away a lot of knowledge about magic, but the one thing we cannot give away is the desire to learn and work at magic. Magic allows you to do some amazing things that you could not otherwise do, but it’s still an art and a science. It still requires effort to produce the results you want. A major spell to bring money to your mailbox can take several weeks to set up and launch. Is it worth it? Absolutely. It would take months of slaving away at a regular job to earn that kind of money. So magic can help you do what you can’t achieve in ordinary life, but it is still work. And the knowledge is valuable. When you pay to learn magic, you are not paying someone else for the knowledge. Instead, you are paying for the privilege of owning the knowledge. Magicians don’t charge for magic because they need to earn a living. There is a charge because people do not value what they do not pay for.