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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 Synecdoche (from Relevance: added to the Law of Contagion in the Literature/LordDarcy series) "the part is equivalent to series. The effectiveness of the whole". An example would be using someone's hair 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 cast 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 spell on them.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. When people go around using magic at random Bonewits in fiction, certain laws are employed to explain how such magic works. This is particularly true turn took the Laws of FunctionalMagic. It is not however true, of PsychicPowers, Similarity 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). Contagion from Frazer's Golden Bough.

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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).
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.word.
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.
28th Mar '13 8:46:33 AM MacronNotes
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The Library Of Babel has been split between Great Big Library Of Everything and Magical Library. Zero context examples and misuse will be deleted.
* Law of Infinite Data: There always new information for one to learn. The sources of knowledge are limitless if one wishes to tap them. (TheLibraryOfBabel or Cyberspace is a good source of infinite data)
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* Law of Infinite Data: There always new information for one to learn. The sources of knowledge are limitless if one wishes to tap them. (TheLibraryOfBabel (GreatBigLibraryOfEverything or Cyberspace is a good source of infinite data)
23rd Mar '13 3:35:54 PM Xtifr
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* Every fantasy setting created by Creator/HarryTurtledove uses two fundamental laws of magic, the Law of Similarity (two similar-looking things have a magical link) and the Law of Contagion (two things that have touched have a magical link). Examples include ''{{Videssos}}'' and the ''Literature/DarknessSeries''--in the latter, [[FantasticScience research mages]] discover a new fundamental connection between the two laws, which allows them to create a FantasticNuke.
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* Every fantasy setting created by Creator/HarryTurtledove uses two fundamental laws of magic, the Law of Similarity (two similar-looking things have a magical link) and the Law of Contagion (two things that have touched have a magical link). Examples include ''{{Videssos}}'' ''Literature/{{Videssos}}'' and the ''Literature/DarknessSeries''--in the latter, [[FantasticScience research mages]] discover a new fundamental connection between the two laws, which allows them to create a FantasticNuke.
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