I'm now getting back to this series, but in this installment we'll be taking a look at magick per se.
For our purposes I'm taking magick as I understand it. And the first thing to do is for us to remember that way back when magick, or magic if you prefer, was accepted as a part of life. Far as everybody was concerned, it just worked. But then people started to have a real look at it, and they learned that in reality it didn't.
However, there are still people who believe in it, and who insist on rationalizing their failure to perform magic. But to be honest with you, in the real world it just doesn't.
Fantasy is another matter. In fantasy you can have magic work, and work however and why ever you want it to. For my purpose I'm going to have magic be the ability of an individual to shape reality without the use of anything physical. That is, entirely through the mind. Call it "desire", call it "will", it all comes down to thought. In addition, it comes down to an ability to manipulate an energy or force that does not exist in our world so far as we know. But in a fantasy setting it can, and for this post it does.
So that's what magic is, the ability to shape reality without anything physical, but through the mind alone. And in addition it is the ability to manipulate a force, an energy we don't have.
You could call it mana. Or you may know it as baraka. There is also vril, orgone, essence, quintessence, chi, or vis. I prefer heka from Dangerous Journeys, so I'll be using that term.
Heka comes ancient Egyptian and was originally the name of their god of magic. He was one of the lesser gods, and apparently the younger brother of the major goddess Hekau. His name apparently means "power", while her name means "words of power" With heka being to the Egyptians that which powered their magic. You could say that heka comes from "he" which may be a word for strength in Egyptian and "ka" which is old Egyptian for one of the seven or nine souls in Egyptian thought. So heka means "soul strength" in a sense.
But whatever term you'd rather use is up to you.
In the Setting
In this case we're referring to a fantasy setting, more particularly a community in that setting. Given that we're talking about a fantasy setting, here we're talking about the magic in that community and setting. Though before we continue let us change the spelling of "magic". Here as a way of differentiating our magic from that of a fantasy world, we'll spell it "magick". But now it's time for a new page.