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Like science and technology, magic seeks to control nature, But instead of attempting to understand, magic enthusiasts celebrate mystery. They seldom try to explain paranormal gifts, spirit communication skills, ability to right wrong relationships, etc that they feel healers/ shamans/ witches / astrologers possess. Some  see “magical rites & beliefs” as “expressions of an act of faith in a science yet to be born." Some are confident scientists will eventually explain things like the healing power of faith—whether in God /gods /drug/placebo or doctor. Others feel many aspects of Reality will always defy understanding.

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a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with: #6A Orderly & Explicable  to make Choice #7  in the Choices We Make cards 

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch #75:    Bashar of Essassani and Bashar al-Assad: UFO Religious Celebrity and War Criminal 
Worldview Watch issue #69: Suggestibility, Alien Abductions, and Democracy
Worldview Watch #20: Prayer, Reason, and Drought in Texas

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

magic--illusion magic -- supernatural paranormal
Mediumship and Channeling occult practices Shamanism
Astrology Tarot  Numerology
Practical Kabbalah   Alchemy Pseudoscience

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1B Skeptic   #5A   Scientific Materialism #6B   Scientific Method #8A   Monotheistic Deism
#13  In Human/Computer Hands:  Dancing With Systems        #46A The Technological Fix Mentality    #51B Big Business Pushes Limits #201A Evidence-Based    

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

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) 
The Witchipedia (an online encyclopedia of witchcraft, magick and the occult)
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)
"UFO Mania Is Out of Control. Please Stop" by Joel Achenbach   (from The Washington Post Aug 11 2021)
“Voodoo N Virus” (story from The Economist May 9 2020)

The Occult in Myanmar--Wizard Wheeze  (article in The Economist April 4 2020)

Does Consciousness Pervade the Universe? Philosopher Philip Goff answers questions about “panpsychism” by Gareth Cook (on Scientific American website  January 14, 2020)
"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.