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…what one herb, flower, stone or tree may have whispered in the ear of a man long ago may not be the same thing that same entity has to say to us today.  As much as some of us love the comfort of believing in “masters”  “authorities” and “specialists” I really don’t believe there are human experts in magic.   By it’s own nature, magic is a mystery, and its secrets are discovered through personal experimentation and forming partnerships with nature/spirit entities, not taught by humans that are often not much further down the path than their students.

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I love correspondences, really I do.  One of my favorite and most-used books is Holland’s Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences: A Ritual Handbook by Eileen Holland, and I often cross-reference with another book or list on stones or herbs or whatever…but at the end of it, if I don’t feel it, then it doesn’t matter what some book says.  Magic is a mystery.  Maybe we should say that more often.

Magic is a mystery.

Think about it for a second.  Let it roll off your tongue and rattle around in your brain for a minute or two.  Magic is a mystery.

There are several definitions for the word mystery, and most of them somehow describe what magic *is* (however it is that one might define magic, which is what makes this phrase so apt).  Mystery can alternately mean “an unexplained or inexplicable event, phenomenon, etc”, ” skills, lore, or practices that are peculiar to a particular activity or group and are regarded as the special province of initiates”, “a  religious truth that is incomprehensible to reason and knowable only through divine revelation” and (though it is no longer used in this way) as a trade, occupation, craft of guild of such persons.

Magic is a Mystery.

Whatever that mystery is, its not a recipe of add stone A to herb B, expose to element C at lunar convergence D and chant X while patting your belly and rubbing your head (or is that rubbing your head and patting your belly)…at least, its not that recipe unless YOU need it to be one.