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Term: Synchronicity

DEFINITIONS

Synchronicity: Originally a term created by psychologist Carl Jung meaning that the mind creates a relationship between two events when none exists. What the mind created to link the two unrelated events was considered psychologically interesting. For some researchers, magick is this same sort of acausal connecting principle because a ritual or magickal act seems to have no direct causal effect on the outcome of the ritual, and yet the desired outcome occurs after the magickal work. Some people use the term as the actual unknown cause (“What causes magick to work? Synchronicity.”) of magick working rather than simply noting that the relationship between magick and the effect of magick appears to be acausal and unrelated.


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Synchronicity and Tarot
Most people who use a Tarot deck do so for giving readings or divinations, or for what some people would call "fortunetelling." How does the Tarot work for these purposes? I think we can pretty well ignore the "Demons control it" aspect simply ...
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What is Magic?
Magic is an art. In common with other arts, it draws its power from a deep well in the center of the human soul. Within this well are the waters of the unconscious, and below the surface dwell all possibilities and potentials, awaiting their turn to ...
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