The Laws of Magick: Visited

The Laws of Magick have some interesting twists and turns to them, which I feel a need to point out.

Working off of the Law of Infinite Data (VIII) and the Law of Knowledge (I), there is an immediate err that I notice. Assuming the first Law is true, that you have control over something if you know all there is to know about it, you need to take a look at the eighth Law. “[…] However, it appears that for all practical purposes we will never run out of things to learn — and we will never know when something new , unexpected, or previously unknown is going to present itself.” If we never know when something new, unexpected, or previously unknown is going to present itself, that means that we can’t know all there is to know about something. This idea is supported by the Law of Finite Senses (IX) which states, “All of our senses are limited in both the type and the range of data they can receive. We can never have proof that the data available to our senses is all there is. According to the Law of Pragmatism (XI), this means that the assumption that the total amount of data is infinite is true.”

Take an apple, for example. It’s a fruit, it grows from a tree. Everybody knows this, and therefore thinks they know all there is to know about apples. But what of its molecular makeup? What of the different types of apples? And what of its taste, its color, its smell? Not everyone can know these things. Does that mean that lacking that knowledge gives you no control over an apple?

Of course not!

Therefore, I propose that two new Laws be made: the Law of Troubled Scholars and the Law of Control.

The Law of Troubled Scholars states that it is impossible to know everything about anything. This includes yourself. If you knew everything about yourself, you’d have not a single forgotten memory and you’d have complete knowledge over all of your emotions.

The Law of Control states that the more you know about something, the more control you have over it. The Law of Control is meant to replace the Law of Knowledge.

Keeping in mind the two proposed laws above, let’s take a look at the Law of Infinite Universes (X). This law states that “[…] there is an infinite number of ways to see and experience the universe. By the Law of Pragmatism (XI) this suggests that there is, in fact, an infinity of universes. Your particular universe depends on your sensations and how you classify them. The first of these depends on your physical equipment, the second on your cognitive organization. Change either one and you change universes.” This means that your universe is in a constant state of change, never the same for a long period of time.

I propose a third law, the Law of Illusions. The Law of Illusions states that you live in a universe that is true for you, but maybe not for others. Likewise, others live in a universe that is true for them, but not necessarily for you. So which universe is actually the true universe? Neither, both, none, and all. The true universe is the universe that exists as all possible possibilities playing out simultaneously, where the past, present, and future mesh into one state of “to be”. The Law of Illusions is called such because we are all under the illusion that our universe is the true universe. Thanks to the Law of Illusions, a lot magick is possible because we all have our own associations to things.

What do you think of the three proposed laws? Would you propose any other laws? If so, what would they be?

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