Authentic Thaumaturgy [Isaac Bonewits] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A real world look at magic from Isaac Bonewits who carries a. Here’s an excerpt from the Second Edition of Authentic Thaumaturgy, my book on magic and religion for players of fantasy games such as. Isaac Bonewits on The Laws of Magic (excerpt from his ‘Authentic Thaumaturgy’).

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For every usage of the Law of Perversity: Probably this concept would be more effective and interesting in outdoor games where millions of square kilometers of territory could be criss-crossed by dozens of ley-lines. Even if a living being stays within vertical range of the magician, the target may well rise above the level of breathable air, causing suffocation, or else rise to a level where the air pressure is so low that the being simply explodes.

Or, if the magician W i.

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The particular phraseology used by me in my first book Real Magic has since been used in science fiction and fantasy stories, and in some game designs based on those stories, but most of the associations except those for Infrared and Ultraviolet! Because many players are still using a simplistic approach to magic, they are missing a great deal of what their characters would consider the real fun of spell casting, which is in the use of tiny amounts of psychic energy to produce large and complex results.

The psychic per se would play little part in the basic magic system, but a corollary, mnemonics, would. If the magician stopped it willingly, the mana will be reabsorbed with some loss back into the magician, or else it will be dissipated into the surrounding space.

The best known of the laws in Western literature are Similarity and Contagion, both of which are subsets of Association, and both of which are famous thanks to the writings of Sir James Frazer, especially the multi-volume Golden Bough.

So the same spell can be at different levels for different magicians. The player rolls d, trying to roll under a percentage, and if successful spends the required amount of magic power to accomplish the effect.

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After he has finished rolling on Table 5. Begin to cast the spell. These two types of Witches are members of religions, and should be treated as such if at all in roleplaying games.


MAGICAL FLAMES could be mere air that has been heated to plasma intensity, which might burn on more levels than just the Earth plane, and therefore could be effective against the etheric and astral bodies of targets that would normally be immune to flame and would destroy mundane targets immediately.

Cellular Psychokinesis, except when used for mass metabolic disruption, is a delicate talent, requiring the would-be user to be an expert in the biological sciences, however they may be organized in his world. Books by Isaac Bonewits. This Law may or may not be the same as the Law of Infinite Universes.

One way of doing this is shown in Table 6. The usual list, in ascending order of subtlety, goes something like this: Witchdoctors are frequently not much better. Bards, like Scribes or anyone else who worked heavily with words, were considered masters of the Law of Words of Power see Chapter 5 and their musical instruments made them even more capable of manipulating both the minds of their listeners and the hidden forces of the cosmos. Ted rated it liked it Feb 09, May show very small spine creases or slight corner wear.

It is, in any event, well known in both parapsychology and occultism that strong emotions seem to spark psychic phenomena.

Even a small rock yhaumaturgy inside the brain or heart of a being would kill instantly, by causing a small explosion as two chunks of matter attempted to occupy the same space, or by disrupting normal biological functions. Most magicians quickly discover their own flairs and flaws. There are several good reasons for using the Adjustment Term, however: Lists with This Book. For others, the same spell might be a second or a fourth thauumaturgy spell, because they have different talents or because their Psi Potential was greater or lower and both those factors would change the probability calculations.

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They try to suppress rock and roll, MTV, meditation, yoga, martial arts, homes for battered wives and public anti-child abuse campaigns. Magicians of all times and places have considered such visual stimuli as among their most valuable tools. Colors of Magic for Gaming. Every sense mechanism of every entity is limited by both range and type of data perceived. Self-confidence; pride; materialism; fire. This will not always mean an increase, but will never be a loss. Kenneth Hite in Mania Magazine: Every game will have its own rules for other ways that spells can fail, and how badly.


Spell Recipe Format shows the general format to use for these cards terms as yet undefined will be so in later sections. Many players and referees, however, have spent literally years organizing their character records according to the older game magic systems and have favorite magical characters they have been playing for a very long time. There are sections on designing priestly characters, and rules for the magical powers granted to the faithful.

Spell Recipe Format 1: Jasmin Kocaer marked it as to-read Mar 09, Early definitions of magic in the West as well as current ones in the East and in various tribal cultures stated that magic was a way of understanding and using natural phenomena to produce desired physical results rain, better crops, healing, hot and cold running lovers, etc.

The best magicians and schools of magic are those that learn and teach how to handle authentlc really large and crude variables which may seem incredibly subtle to most nonmages that seem to influence the flow of psi energies.

Therefore, each culture decides what it considers appropriate behavior by those who wield these powers, then tries to enforce those boundaries.

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Please purchase only authorized electronic editions, and do not participate in or encourage the electronic piracy of copyrighted materials. This is probably one of the most important of the magical Laws and is directly connected to most of the others.

The complexity of magical phenomena is certainly on a level with that of quantum mechanics. It is said to be much more difficult and tiring at first than Astral Projection, but eventually becomes easier than the latter with practice.