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These words resonate with me very deeply: the concept of two ways that Magick flows. Sometimes it feels like you’re pushing a rock uphill, that the struggle is inherent to making it work; other times it’s about letting go, opening one’s self up to the awesome power of the Universe (or, at times, an archetypical force, such as Death, Madness, Change, etc) or the Will/presence of a God.

I haven’t read the series that inspired this post (one of my dark secrets is that I am not a fantasy fan), but the concept and the commentary make a great deal of sense to me. (And like the blogger, I reject that it is somehow tied to binary gender.)

Blue Flame Magick

wot“The One Power comes from the True Source, the driving force of creation, the force the Creator made to turn the Wheel of Time. Saidin, the male half of the True Source, and saidar, the female half, work against each other, and at the same time together to provide that force…The True Source cannot be used up, any more than the river can be used up by the wheel of the mill.” – Moiraine Damodred

If you’ve ever read The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, this quote will be familiar to you. If you haven’t read the series, go do so now, I’ll wait…it’s only 14+ novels, it’s awesome. It’s a fantasy novel with a lot of magic (but it’s not magic, they never call it that) but one of the interesting aspects of the magic is there are two ways of using it. (Okay, technically there…

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A shaman who writes about spiritual things, but not in that namby-pamby "everything is light and fluffy" sort of way.

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  1. EVCelt

    That does make a lot of sense, actually.

    About the series: I *am* a fantasy fan, and I read the first couple of books avidly… then the next couple with less enthusiasm, and eventually gave up (far later than I should have). The story became more static, the writing plotting got bloated, and the characters (mostly) stopped developing and it became very easy to predict their actions and reactions. And his archaic view of gender roles and psychology made me grit my teeth. Give it a pass.

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