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Magic as: Art vs. Science vs. Mysticism

(permanent link) added: 2009-09-02 14:50:17 sponsor: Earnest (last reply: 2009-09-06 15:16:49)

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Rather than Magic Versus Science, it's Magic in aspect A versus Magic interpretation B. Basically, a wizard of Vancian Magic will sneer at a colleague who uses reality as a canvas, casting spells based on poetic rules. And of course both will scoff at the witch who's magic follows ineffable rules of deep meaning.

Magicians who follow Magic A Is Magic A will be academic, studious, and always "researching" new spells. Artistic mages usually have some form of Functional Magic that they tap into in unconventional ways. Hermetic Magic practitioners follow ritual like academic magicians but usually ignore they "how" and "why" in favor of theological explanations or even plain old faith. Expect these mages to be on differing sides of Harmony Versus Discipline.
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