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17th Jan '17 1:23:09 AM Luppercus
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* Mantras are generally spoken in ancient dead languages like Sanskrit, and considering that a lot of Hindu and Buddhist mantras are meant to be something similar in concept to spells (as they are, in many cases, recited to attract good luck, blessings and health, repelled enemies and evil spirits and even to cure the sick) could be consider a case of “language of magic”.

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* Mantras are generally spoken in ancient dead languages like Sanskrit, and considering that a lot of Hindu and Buddhist mantras are meant to be something similar in concept to spells (as they are, in many cases, recited to attract good luck, blessings and health, repelled repell enemies and evil spirits and even to cure the sick) could be consider a case of “language of magic”.
17th Jan '17 1:22:52 AM Luppercus
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* Mantras are generally spoken in ancient dead languages like Sanskrit, and considering that a lot of Hindu and Buddhist mantras are meant to be something similar in concept to spells (as they are, in many cases, recited to attract good luck, blessings and health, repelled enemies and evil spirits and even to cure the sick) could be consider a case of “language of magic”.
17th Jan '17 12:43:30 AM Luppercus
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* The Enochian language is use for many real life magic practitioners, particularly those of Thelemite, Rosicrucian and Hermetic traditions. The Enochian Magick is known as the Enochian System. The Church of Satan (no relationship with other Esoteric groups) uses a "satanized" version of Enochian developed by Anton [=LaVey=] in their magical rituals and ceremonies.
* Some Wicans and other Neo-Pagan users of Magick prefer the use of ancient languages in their spells. Mostly languages related to their Pagan tradition like Gaelic for Celtic Wicca and Neo-Druidism, Latin for Nova Roma, Greek for Hellenistics, etc.
29th Dec '16 10:42:20 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' uses Enochian as the language of magic. It tends to work best when assembled not as spoken language, but as programming language.

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* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' uses Enochian as the language of magic. It tends to work best when assembled not as spoken language, but as programming language.
14th Dec '16 7:19:13 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''The Tamuli'' trilogies by Creator/DavidEddings:

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* In ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''The Tamuli'' ''Literature/TheTamuli'' trilogies by Creator/DavidEddings:



** This ends up humorous several times. Once, a group is trying t fool peasants with "magic". One character asks the magical instructor what language it is, to which the tutor replies, gibberish. He then asks where Gibbers are from.

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** This ends up humorous several times. Once, a group is trying t to fool peasants with "magic". One character asks the magical instructor what language it is, to which the tutor replies, gibberish. He then asks where Gibbers are from.
13th Dec '16 7:55:26 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series the vast majority of spells consist of [[CanisLatinicus Latin words]], and it would seem that knowing Latin makes it easier to develop certain types of spells. However, there's [[AWizardDidIt little mentioned]] about where spells come from or how they're made.

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* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series the vast majority of spells consist of [[CanisLatinicus Latin words]], and it would seem that knowing Latin makes it easier to develop certain types of spells. However, there's [[AWizardDidIt little mentioned]] mentioned about where spells come from or how they're made.



*** Strangely in book 4 there's a passing reference to Hermione inventing a spell whose incantation is in English.

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*** ** Strangely in book 4 there's a passing reference to Hermione inventing a spell whose incantation is in English.



*** Witches and wizards can do a little magic through sheer force of will, without words or wands (though it's very imprecise), and the intent or mood of the caster is a factor in some wand-cast spells. Because of this, some fans have theorized that the words in spells are just a method to help the caster focus their will, and that a caster could theoretically cast spells in any language of their choice. But the books strongly suggest that the ''specific'' word will ''always'' cast (or attempt to cast) its assigned spell, regardless of the caster's will. In the sixth book, for instance, Harry successfully casts one spell without knowing what it does beforehand, based solely on its word. And the first book notes that accidental mispronunciations of spells can produce entirely unintended effects.

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*** ** Witches and wizards can do a little magic through sheer force of will, without words or wands (though it's very imprecise), and the intent or mood of the caster is a factor in some wand-cast spells. Because of this, some fans have theorized that the words in spells are just a method to help the caster focus their will, and that a caster could theoretically cast spells in any language of their choice. But the books strongly suggest that the ''specific'' word will ''always'' cast (or attempt to cast) its assigned spell, regardless of the caster's will. In the sixth book, for instance, Harry successfully casts one spell without knowing what it does beforehand, based solely on its word. And the first book notes that accidental mispronunciations of spells can produce entirely unintended effects.



* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] doesn't really ''need'' to use the fruits of his Latin correspondence course for his incantations,since his magic works via focus of intent. In fact In the Dresden universe, it isn't a specific language that's important, but what the words mean to the wizard saying them. magic words are in a language foreign to the user to insulate their mind from the power. The spell languages are in a language that means something to the user but is still unknown enough to insulate the wizard from his or her own power.
** Another reason why foreign or nonsense words are used: you don't want to create a raging inferno by just saying "fire."
*** Which triggers a bit of FridgeLogic that he'd use a language with so many nigh-identical cognates in its daughter languages. "Hey, let's take vacation this year in Tierra del [[PlayingWithFire BOOOOOM]]."

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden]] Dresden doesn't really ''need'' to use the fruits of his Latin correspondence course for his incantations,since his magic works via focus of intent. In fact In fact, in the Dresden universe, it isn't a specific language that's important, but what the words mean to the wizard saying them. magic Magic words are in a language foreign to the user to insulate their mind from the power. The spell languages are in a language that means something to the user but is still unknown enough to insulate the wizard from his or her own power.
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power. You don't want to create a raging inferno by just saying "fire."
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" [[note]] FridgeLogic that he'd use a language with so many nigh-identical cognates in its daughter languages. "Hey, let's take vacation this year in Tierra del [[PlayingWithFire BOOOOOM]]."" [[/note]]



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Some mages, like Dengel, pretended to know a special, magical, language to impress clients. It's actually gibberish. A mage of Dengel's standing didn't need to say anything at all.



* Magic in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' tends to simply be a description of the spell in an ancient language (usually Latin). Apparently, in writing the scripts, writers would write a simple command, such as "open the door," and then mark it with "In Latin."
** However, Latin does not appear to be vital to spellcasting; a sufficiently powerful witch can skip it. See in particular the seventh season episode "Get It Done," in which Willow struggles for a while with a Latin incantation. She finally gives up and yells in English, "Screw it! Mighty Forces, I suck at Latin, okay? But that's not the issue! I'm the one in charge, and I'm telling you, ''open a portal, now''!"

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* Magic in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' tends to simply be a description of the spell in an ancient language (usually Latin). Apparently, in writing the scripts, writers would write a simple command, such as "open the door," and then mark it with "In Latin."
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" However, Latin does not appear to be vital to spellcasting; a sufficiently powerful witch can skip it. See in particular the seventh season episode "Get It Done," in which Willow struggles for a while with a Latin incantation. She finally gives up and yells in English, "Screw it! Mighty Forces, I suck at Latin, okay? But that's not the issue! I'm the one in charge, and I'm telling you, ''open a portal, now''!"
29th Nov '16 7:49:41 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight", [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Olivia dreams]] that the incantation "Yagkoolan yok tha, xuthalla!" is used by a PhysicalGod to [[TakenForGranite transform his son's murderers to statues]]. (It appears harmless when recited by a parrot, though.)

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight", [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Olivia dreams]] that the incantation "Yagkoolan yok tha, xuthalla!" is used by a PhysicalGod to [[TakenForGranite transform his son's murderers to statues]]. (It appears harmless when recited by a parrot, though.)
19th Nov '16 6:42:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in Awakening, the magic system from ''{{Warbreaker}}''. While speaking aloud is essential for Awakening, Commands (aka spells) only work if given in the Awakener's own native language. So ''any'' language is potentially magical, as long as you grew up speaking it.

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* Subverted in Awakening, the magic system from ''{{Warbreaker}}''.''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''. While speaking aloud is essential for Awakening, Commands (aka spells) only work if given in the Awakener's own native language. So ''any'' language is potentially magical, as long as you grew up speaking it.
16th Nov '16 12:00:56 PM MasterGhandalf
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* [[WitchSpecies Mages]] in ''Literature/{{Mithgar}}'' use a special language for their spellcasting. The spellcasting language of mainstream Mage society is represented as Latin, and the language used for the related-but-distinct rituals of the [[EvilSorcerer Black Mages]] is Ancient Greek, though WordOfGod explicitly states that the languages are not ''actually'' Latin or Greek, which were substitutions he used to give a modern English-speaker a feel for how the actual Mage languages sound and relate to each other.
9th Nov '16 5:29:51 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' this is one technique of magic.

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' this is one technique of magic.
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