A non-kooky word for magick?
I have a friend who's really cool, we discuss a lot of philosophy and he's pretty knowledgeable about the classical philosophers and post-enlightenment ones. I mostly talk about the renaissance philosophers and the occult. He's pretty interested in a lot of this stuff and has asked me about meditation and more taoist practices. However, I've been careful to avoid such loaded words as magic because it either brings up Paul Daniels or Harry Potter. Yet I find it hard to describe without it and I can't think of a non-loaded word that I can use in it's place.
Is there a reason for it to sound kooky. I mean as a way to fool the ignorant?
It's never sounded kooky to me, whether it's spelt "magic" or "magick".
Well, if you think it might sound 'kooky', that's because it does sound kooky, at least to most everyday, rational people, anyway. Before you start going around telling friends, family and colleagues that you've taken to practicing *real* 'magic' or 'magick', I'd think very carefully indeed. Because they might think that's kind of, you know 'kooky'. And they'd be right about that.
"Scientific Illuminism" may serve as a substitude. Or it may sound even kookier 😉
Explain to your friend why It's spelled with a "K"... I mean MAGICK not "kooky". 😉
How about "theurgy"? This is about as respectable as it gets in the history of ideas and the study of religious experience.
"“Theurgy is a type of magic. It consists of a set of magical practices performed to evoke beneficent spirits in order to see them or know them or in order to influence them, for instance by forcing them to animate a statue, to inhabit a human being (such as a medium), or to disclose mysteries.”
(Pierre A. Riffard, Dictionnaire de l’ésotérisme, Paris: Payot, 1983, 340)
"Theurgy (from Greek θεουργία) describes the practice of rituals, sometimes seen as magical in nature, performed with the intention of invoking the action or evoking the presence of one or more gods, especially with the goal of uniting with the divine, achieving henosis, and perfecting oneself."
Quotes from the brief but accurate wikipedia article on the subject -
I'd just stick with "magic" or "magick" personally. If anyone thinks that's "kooky", well, that's their loss.
I’m more inclined to say that the word “magick” tends to attract the ignorant, rather than fool them.
Sure, there are some people who understand magick as a tool for self-discovery and an aid for Thelemic attainment: “The method of science, the aim of religion.” But for every one of those people, there seem to be a few dozen who think magick is a wish-fulfillment machine and a mechanism by which they can escape from life – in other words, the opposite of the above: “The aim of science, the method of religion.” That is, they use the “technology” of religions – prayers, lighting candles, visualization – to work for “real life,” practical goals.
If you don't want your friend to think you're kooky or goofy, tell him the truth -- that "magick" is just a kind of enacted meditation, symbolic of the process of initiation.
I agree with this approach that you should try to explain to your friend the difference between Magick with a (k) and its counterfeits. I wouldn't try to come up with a different word.
A.C. went to great lengths to try and rehabilitate the word "Magick" for this very reason. You might Reread the "Preliminary Remarks" in Book 4 Part II and also the chapter called"Introduction and Theorems" in Magick in Theory and Practice. This later is also in Magick Without Tears.
I also like the use of this term, though I'm not real crazy about the definitions provided. However, I would link this term more with a description of Thelema than Magick.
I agree with the person above, "Theurgy" is probably the best word, because it has perceivable traces going back to antiquity in academic literature, which would give an intelligent person a point of entry into understanding.
Los: Having jousted with you from time to time, I thought I'd post my total agreement with what you say above.
But it seems to me this attraction of the credulous may not have been unanticipated or surprising to AC.