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Magic, like science and technology, has control of nature as a goal. Like Levi-Strauss, I see “magical rites and beliefs” as “expressions of an act of faith in a science yet to be born." Science recognizes the healing power of faith—whether in God / some god (perhaps one of many?), drug  (placebo?) or doctor seems not to matter—and is only beginning to explain it. Some attribute spirit communication skills, paranormal gifts, ability to right wrong relationship or put meaning in lives, to healers/ shamans/ witches / astrologers, etc— enhancing reputations / making believing easier!

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

values causal reasoning known as magical thinking

appreciates occult practices

accepts reality of some parapsychology type phenomena (ESP, etc.)

values applied spirituality: Shamanism

summary Wikipedia article: Magic -- Paranormal

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1233

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 324

Related Words, Beliefs, Background -- 62 entries           Songs!             Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book

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More to Explore --Worldview Theme #7B: Magic

Pseudoscience  (from online encyclopedia)
Anomalistic Psychology (from online encyclopedia)
Esotericism (from online encyclopedia)
Wishful Thinking (from online encyclopedia)
Imitative or Sympathetic Magic (from online encyclopedia)
Tarot (from online encyclopedia)
Astrology (from online encyclopedia)
Numerology (from online encyclopedia)
Alchemy (from online encyclopedia)
Mediumship and Channeling (from online encyclopedia)
Theosophy (from online encyclopedia)
Hoodoo--Folk Magic (from online encyclopedia)
Magic Realism (about the literary genre, from online encyclopedia)
Consciousness (from online encyclopedia)
Practical Kabbalah ("a branch of Jewish mystical tradition that concerns the use of magic", from online encyclopedia)
Manifesto of Scientists Who Accept the Paranormal  (product of Feb 2014 conference at Univ. of Arizona, Tucson)
Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (online encyclopedia article about lab bolstering reality of strange phenomena) 
Worldview Watch #20: Prayer, Reason, and Drought in Texas
Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition by Stuart Vyse (Google Books / read excerpts of this 2000 book)
The Ecology of Magic, by David Abram  
The Wicca Bible: The Definitive Guide to Magic and the Craft, by A. Gallagher (read excerpts at Google Books)  
Drawing Down the Moon--Witches, Druids, Goddess Margot Alder (excerpts at Google Books)  
Singing the Soul Back Home: Shamanism in Daily Life by Caitlin Matthews (read excerpts from this 1998 book at Google Books)
Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, by Mircea Eliade (classic 1964 book, from Princeton Univ. Press)
In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion by Scott Atran  (read excerpts of this 2004 book)
Magic in Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch (read summary of 1995 book, download whole book for free as an ebook)
Miracles Magazine (dedicated to "Miracles Happen", in publication since 1985)
"The New Age of Astrology" by Julie Beck  (article in The Atlantic Jan 2018)
"Magical Thinking and Mental Disorders" by Lisa Fritscher ( post on Very Well Mind website Nov 29 2017)
Animal Spirits by Alec Ash  (about shamans at work in modern Mongolia in 1843 Magazine August 2017)
Homeopathy in Germany (report from The Economist September 10 2016)
"People Freaking Out: Mercury in Retrograde--What's Really Going on" by Angela Fritz (April 29 2016 commentary from The Washington Post
Science of the Magical by Matt Kaplan (Interview with author by Julie Beck  in The Atlantic Oct 30 2015)
"The Future of Magic" by David Blaine (appeared online and in print edition of The World in 2015 from The Economist)
The Boy in the River by Richard Hoskins (review from The Economist of this 2012 book re crime, black magic)
"An Introduction to Modern Paganism" by John Macintyre (text of Oct 27 2011 presentation) 
"Didn't spot the dancing gorilla in famous video? Why people suffer from 'inattention blindness'" (April 11 2011 post on The Daily Mail)
The Chinese Book of Changes, The I Ching--An Introduction by Richard Wilhelm
American Society for Psychical Research
Out of the Body Experience -- A Powerful Tool for Self Research
Paranormal Phenomena
"The Holographic Principle" by Donald Hoffman (Essay 2017 contribution to 
A look into the fourth dimension by Oliver Morsch  (experimental evidence for 4th spatial dimension, Jan 2018 report)
People can sense Earth’s magnetic field, brain waves suggest by Maria Temming  (report from Science News Mar 18 2019)
Divination Using Crystals
The Basics of Astrology and Numerology
Magic and Illusion
Power of the Shaman -- Where Does It Come From? 
Shamanism Training in North America
Center for Spirituality & Healing (research, Shaman outreach, etc. on this University of Minnesota website)
Gypsy Magic
History of Fortune Telling (from Parapsychology & Magic website)
The Journal of the Mindshift Institute
quotes related to magic

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.