The Power of Your Words: “Non-Magical” Languages Can be More Powerful than Magical Ones

I am a fan of the Dresden Files series. In the Dresden files, there is a branch of elemental battle (or Boom!) magic in the series called evocation magic. It is the creating magical bullet deflecting elemental shields of air, conjuring magical streams of fire, and telekinetic concussive blasts type. It is like the Destruction school of magic in Skyrim. Harry Dresden, the main character of the series, is particularly fond of Fire and Wind evocation spells. Evocation magic in the Dresden universe caught my attention in particular because I specialize in conjuration and evocation of forces albeit I am not fond of “real-world” evocation of conscious beings. I much prefer conjuration of mindless forces (things with agency are less predictable). Whenever any wizard in the series casts an evocation spell, they do it in a faux language. Harry’s fire spells are based around a faux version of Spanish, for example. Surprisingly, the reason behind why wizards are taught to do this in the series has an accurate real-world mechanic behind it. That reason makes it so that magical power in the real world needs no language other than the one you speak every day (your native language).

In the Dresden Files, the power used to create infernos and bullet-deflecting shields of wind can destroy the mind of a human wizard, practitioner, or sorcerer (in the Dresden Files series, the differences between each of those terms is one of membership, magic ability, and/or magical education). Using a language that is not conventional for the mind of a human using evocation magic creates a type of insulation that weakens the backlash of power in the Dresden Files. It creates a power buffer. Magical power, in reality, is like this. Using a language and a culture that is dissonant and not conventional to you, in reality, can act as a sort of buffer. Considering your sanity is not at risks because this is not the Dresden world, a magical handicap is something you likely would not want.

Intention, Will, and Experience and Magical Power

When it comes to psychic or magical actions, you are fundamentally dealing with influence whether that is external and/or internal relative to yourself. Influences are forms of forces, and forces are forms of power. Magical and psychic actions deal with psychic and magical forces. Whenever you intentionally do a psychic or magical action, that action and the involved forces are dependent on that intention. Since an intention is a type of mental, or psychic, thing and that is what guides “magical” forces, your intention can be thought of as a controlling force. The forces you are dealing with are being governed by your psychic power. I am being very careful in the ontological usage of operations and definitions as it applies to psychic and magical forces. I am using psychic to reference a domain of conceptual and experiential things. I am using magical as a generic abstraction of whatever forces and energy are used to accomplish whatever you are doing. I am being abstract over agnostic so that the idea is robust and not rigid. I am not saying one can be exchanged for the other; rather, I am stating that psychic things are able to exert power over magical things such that magical forces can be psychically controlled.

In a lot of Western occult circles, intentionality is defined in the context of some usage of the word will; however, intentionality is more abstract. Will is about volition or choice. Having will extend magical power is problematic when you think of it in a less abstract and everyday sense. If you are handcuffed, you cannot free yourself by simply choosing to be free. You do not get magical power by simply willing and choosing it. In fact, in a lot of traditions where this concept of will pops up (typically your modern forms of occultism that attempt to distinguish themselves via a stylized term – magick), it is tacitly recognized in those systems that the magician make adjustments to their will. The idea is they align their will and what they choose with what the overarching system says they should choose. The goal in those systems is tacitly discipline more so than power. All forms of will and choice are intentional; however, not all intentional things are willful or done by choice.

Intentional things are relational properties of concepts. If you have a concept that can be referenced or identified, you have an intention. Intentional things are like paths and/or edges that connect nodes or a vertex. You can sort of think of it as a basic skeleton – a wireframe. What fleshes that frame out is how it is filled with experience via intuition. How you think about something (the intentional and conceptual part) is like a cup. That cup is filled with the how of your experience. The how is tacit. What funnels the experience into the cup is intuition derived from the tacit aspects of an experience contained in a similar cup. If I asked you to abstractly think of blue, how you think of blue will be based on how you intuitively perceive blue due to experience.

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