There’s an interesting thread at Evocationmagic regarding how magick is not visibly living up to its’ potential..
Most of us have read some sort of magickal grimoire, cookbook, worksheet, etc that promises powers beyond what a mere mortal can wield. We’ve heard of superhuman, elite sorcerers or magickians who can bend the very fabric of the universe to their whim; control the weather, divine the future, etc.
Most notably are the legends and likes of Merlin, Jesus, Noah, Solomon or Abe No Semei. The more modern elites are Bardon, Rasputin, Dee, Crowley or even Lavey.
These individuals are cloaked in mystery and from records of them, wielders of powers beyond human capability.
So, fast forward to the 2014 – apparently, from what the original poster has written, the level of magick has gone done significantly from how it was portrayed before – from uber earth shaking magick to almost plain probability shaping techniques…
There’s always theories as to why this is the state of things – a couple of theories that likes to fly around are there are “less people believing” in this sort of thing. Personally, I find that theory the contrary since there’s still alot of catholics/religions out there (aka sanctioned dogmatic magick systems… lol, zing!!!).
The other one is technology + human scientific progress are destroying magick. I find this theory, maybe much more pertaining to the Earth based magickal systems of the world…I mean it certainly is one aspect of magick but not the whole so for this to be feasible, one must assume that magick is tied to the Earth as well
Personally, my theory for low level magickal ability these days is that it’s not magick, it’s the practitioners…
There are still pockets in North America and the rest of the world where stories of l33t practitioners still float around. Are they in plain sight? Most likely. Are they throwing fireballs in broad daylight? Not likely. Is that even possible? I hope so (lol) These days, there is just no real reason to go out and pronounce to the world that you are a master. It’ll just get you hassle, and the paparazzi, or people asking you do magic tricks, lol.
My second point is the time spent in practice. Us modern peeps don’t have the time anymore to fully commit ourselves in this practice. Back in the day, people have the luxury to practice all day and night. Now, we have dayjobs and stuff. Most of us are lucky to be able to put in 1 hour daily of practice.
Overall, these are just my mad ramblings and theories. Maybe magick is just some unexplainable way of probability shifting and the old records were just sensationalized. Or maybe there is a higher level that we haven’t been able to comprehend, and reach.