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2nd Apr '16 3:59:45 PM Theriocephalus
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** Law of Words of Power: Knowing the name of a phenomenon allows you to summon it (This law is responsible for things like CallingYourAttacks).

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** Law of Words of Power: Knowing the name of a phenomenon allows you to summon it it. (This law is responsible for things like CallingYourAttacks).



* According to Jewish tradition, the Name of God (which is commonly YHWH, but there's supposedly a much longer version of this name only used by the Jewish high priest) is forbidden to be said, despite being being said liberally throughout ''Literature/TheBible''. This is definitely part of the Law of Names, and is likely due to fear of misuse or simply turning the name of God into a mundane word.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': The title character uses the Law of Contagion, as a basic crime-solving technique.
** He used the Law Of Infinite Data to send Ivy a message, on one occasion, and also frequently uses the Law of Names.
* Ironically, these laws in regard to FunctionalMagic are largely averted in fantasy due to a combination of the fact that the [[SmallReferencePools full list of laws is]] [[GeekReferencePool somewhat obscure]], and simply TheyJustDidntCare, with the exception of The Law Of Knowledge (basically in order to use magic someone has to know enough to use it), The Law of Names (in works where IKnowYourTrueName is in play), Law of Words of Power, and the Law of Balance (mainly just used because otherwise people cast spells one right after another with no fatigue or anything).

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* According to Jewish tradition, the Name of God (which is commonly written as YHWH, but there's supposedly a much longer version of this name only used by the Jewish high priest) is forbidden to be said, despite being being said liberally throughout ''Literature/TheBible''. This is definitely part of the Law of Names, and is likely due to fear of misuse or simply turning the name of God into a mundane word.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': The title character uses the Law of Contagion, Contagion as a basic crime-solving technique.
** He used the Law Of Infinite Data to send Ivy a message, message on one occasion, and occasion. The Law of Names is also frequently uses used or mentioned in the Law of Names.
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* Ironically, these laws in regard to FunctionalMagic are largely averted in fantasy due to a combination of the fact that the [[SmallReferencePools full list of laws is]] [[GeekReferencePool somewhat obscure]], and simply TheyJustDidntCare, with the exception of The the Law Of Knowledge (basically in order to use magic someone has to know enough to use it), The the Law of Names (in works where IKnowYourTrueName is in play), the Law of Words of Power, and the Law of Balance (mainly just used because otherwise people cast spells one right after another with no fatigue or anything).
2nd Apr '16 3:57:10 PM Theriocephalus
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** Law of True Falsehoods: If it's a paradox, the paradox is probably true (LogicBomb, is the most obvious one of these).


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** Law of True Falsehoods: If it's a paradox, the paradox is probably true (LogicBomb, (LogicBomb is the most obvious one of these).

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15th Oct '14 1:13:24 PM efindel
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** Law of Synecdoche (from the Literature/LordDarcy series) "the part is equivalent to the whole". An example would be using someone's hair to cast a spell on them.

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** Law of Synecdoche (from the Literature/LordDarcy series) "the part is equivalent to the whole". An example would be using someone's hair to cast a spell on them. Often seen as a sub-part of the Law of Contagion.


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** Law of Relevance: added to the Law of Contagion in the Literature/LordDarcy series. The effectiveness of the connection created by the Law of Contagion depends upon the relevance of the contact. For example, if only one person has ever worn a pair of shoes, it's easy to use the shoes magically to identify that person, because that person is very relevant to those shoes. However, identifying the last person to use, say, a house pair of bowling shoes is difficult or impossible, because that person has no special relevance to those shoes.
15th Oct '14 1:06:24 PM efindel
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Most of these have been ripped wholly from [[http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/l/laws_of_magic.html this site]], which in turn took them from Isaac Bonewits' book Real Magic. When people go around using magic at random in fiction, certain laws are employed to explain how such magic works. This is particularly true of FunctionalMagic. It is not however true, of PsychicPowers, and LeyLine magic, [[FunctionalMagic Theurgy, Force Magic, Alchemy]], and WildMagic may operate on different rules. Some constants, such as the law of Association, may still be true though (a person with PsychicPowers may be able to sense someone due to common traits).

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Most of these have been ripped wholly from [[http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/l/laws_of_magic.html this site]], which in turn took them from Isaac Bonewits' book Real Magic. When people go around using magic at random in fiction, certain laws are employed to explain how such magic works. This is particularly true of FunctionalMagic. It is not however true, of PsychicPowers, and LeyLine magic, [[FunctionalMagic Theurgy, Force Magic, Alchemy]], and WildMagic may operate on different rules. Some constants, such as the law of Association, may still be true though (a person with PsychicPowers may be able to sense someone due to common traits).


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Most of these have been ripped wholly from [[http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/l/laws_of_magic.html this site]], which in turn took them from Isaac Bonewits' book Real Magic. Bonewits in turn took the Laws of Similarity and Contagion from Frazer's Golden Bough.


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15th Oct '14 12:58:10 PM efindel
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Ripped wholly from [[http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/l/laws_of_magic.html this site]]. When people go around using magic at random in fiction, certain laws are employed to explain how such magic works. This is particularly true of FunctionalMagic. It is not however true, of PsychicPowers, and LeyLine magic, [[FunctionalMagic Theurgy, Force Magic, Alchemy]], and WildMagic may operate on different rules. Some constants, such as the law of Association, may still be true though (a person with PsychicPowers may be able to sense someone due to common traits).

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Ripped Most of these have been ripped wholly from [[http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/l/laws_of_magic.html this site]].site]], which in turn took them from Isaac Bonewits' book Real Magic. When people go around using magic at random in fiction, certain laws are employed to explain how such magic works. This is particularly true of FunctionalMagic. It is not however true, of PsychicPowers, and LeyLine magic, [[FunctionalMagic Theurgy, Force Magic, Alchemy]], and WildMagic may operate on different rules. Some constants, such as the law of Association, may still be true though (a person with PsychicPowers may be able to sense someone due to common traits).
9th Jul '14 10:36:56 PM arbane
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* According to Jewish tradition, the Name of God (which is commonly YHWH, but there's supposedly a much longer version of this name only used by the Jewish high priest) is forbidden to be said, despite being being said liberally throughout ''Literature/The Bible''. This is definitely part of the Law of Names, and is likely due to fear of misuse or simply turning the name of God into a mundane word.

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* According to Jewish tradition, the Name of God (which is commonly YHWH, but there's supposedly a much longer version of this name only used by the Jewish high priest) is forbidden to be said, despite being being said liberally throughout ''Literature/The Bible''.''Literature/TheBible''. This is definitely part of the Law of Names, and is likely due to fear of misuse or simply turning the name of God into a mundane word.
27th Jun '14 12:56:53 PM Elkhound
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** Even the Law of Knowledge is sometimes ignored, in cases where the person doesn't know he has magic powers uses them without meaning to. Like Harry Potter shrinking the horrible sweater, or teleporting away from the bullies, or freeing the snake.
3rd Jun '14 9:02:02 AM shiro_okami
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* ''Literature/TheBible'' of all places. According to Jewish tradition, the Name of God (which is commonly YHWH, but there's supposedly a much longer version of this name only used by the Jewish high priest) is forbidden to be said. This is definitely part of the Law of Names, and is likely due to fear of misuse or simply turning the name of God into a mundane word.
** There's also points in the Bible where the Law of Words Of Power is used. When Jesus heals a deaf man, he uses the word ''Ephphatha'' (meaning "be opened") to unstop his ears.

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* ''Literature/TheBible'' of all places. According to Jewish tradition, the Name of God (which is commonly YHWH, but there's supposedly a much longer version of this name only used by the Jewish high priest) is forbidden to be said. said, despite being being said liberally throughout ''Literature/The Bible''. This is definitely part of the Law of Names, and is likely due to fear of misuse or simply turning the name of God into a mundane word.
** There's also points in the Bible where the Law of Words Of Power is used. When Jesus heals a deaf man, he uses the word ''Ephphatha'' (meaning "be opened") to unstop his ears.
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6th May '14 9:50:34 AM LongLiveHumour
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* Terry Brooks' {{Shannara}} series frequently uses Law of Balance. Basically, the idea is that magic used up takes its toll on the body, and using more than the body has (well, it produces [[TheHeartless Shadowen]]).

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* Terry Brooks' {{Shannara}} ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series frequently uses Law of Balance. Basically, the idea is that magic used up takes its toll on the body, and using more than the body has (well, it produces [[TheHeartless Shadowen]]).
18th Apr '14 6:50:59 AM Antigone3
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** Law of Synecdoche (from the LordDarcy series) "the part is equivalent to the whole". An example would be using someone's hair to cast a spell on them.

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** Law of Synecdoche (from the LordDarcy Literature/LordDarcy series) "the part is equivalent to the whole". An example would be using someone's hair to cast a spell on them.
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