Quotes / Functional Magic

"Any Sufficiently Analyzed Magic is indistinguishable from science!"
Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius

"The Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will."
Aleister Crowley

Some of us use Tarot cards to bridge our understandings between the images and truths they represent. Some of us prefer altering our bodies through pain and art, liking the pain of the act to the passion of the Art. Some use the traditional tools and incantations of witchcraft, the pagan rites of Greece, Egypt or the Celtic kingdoms to glide away from the modern mindset of disbelief. Others call upon the gods of their families, or call up the devils their parents taught them to abhor. I know Darklings who cast spells through computer programs, ones who dance their will into form, even those who simply close their eyes and wish things into being.
Mage: The Ascension - The Orphan's Survival Guide