In Defense of that Damned K

I really hate magick.

Part of it is just my loathing of pretense, of pretending, of imagining oneself to be living in the eighteenth century when — oh, just barely — one could get away with an extra -k at the end of a word.  I sometimes joke with my friends that one should be careful, that too much magickcickickick will give you a heart attackackackackackack (not a funny joke, given my genes, but whatever — fate is fate).

I have said that no one but a blinding idiot would confuse stage magic with practical magic.

But that was before the twenty-first century, when I realized that I made a grave error.  Go on, search for “magic.”  I dare ya.  Here, I’ll help.   How many of those results are remotely helpful?  The last one, maybe, if you’re interested in the intersection between magic and logic.

I’m a damned fool.

“Magic” doesn’t help in finding information about real magic on the web.  The vast majority consists of either magic in the sense of stage magic (prestidigitation, the British call it, and I while I love being an American, sometimes I think I my fondness of bergomot-flavored tea hints at a British past live).

The downside, of course, is that if one searches for “magick,” you get a hell of a lot of Crowley.  He’s a good place to start, but — not everyone has to end there.  I wish there were a term (Hey, the use of the subjunctive, another sign of being British in a past life) that indicated real magic, like, changing reality, express-train to god, start tinkering with the universal computer code that makes up matter, kind of magic.

Ain’t one.




5 Responses to “In Defense of that Damned K”

  1. “Goetia” gives a good set of results, and Stratton-Kent has pretty strongly argued that it works as a general descriptor for Western magic. It seems to pretty well dominated by the Lemegeton on Google at the moment, but that could change.

    Also, you should be aware that Google customizes its results for different areas of the world (based on ISP), browser history, and other factors. What you see on your search for “magic” is not necessarily the same thing that anyone else will see.

  2. Been a practicing magician for almost 25 years, and I find the k pretentious, silly, and annoying. It’s falling out of favor among many practitioners, finally, though it’s still very popular amongst Wiccans and Crowley fans. Since magic is actually an anthropological term, there is no need to put a k on it, so the idea that people need the k to separate stage illusion from spiritual practices is, I agree, a silly premise.

  3. Jason Miller makes a very convincing argument for the use of the term SORCERY in The Sorcerer’s Secrets.

  4. Who knew that when Crowley codified the terminating “k” that he’d be securing such an honoured place in Google’s search algorithms nearly a century later? Ha!

  5. Nice blog entry – but I really hate technology! Passwords, synchronizing accounts, smart phones tying into some master account…
    I feel like an idiot cause kids know more than me now. “Technology” searched on the web doesn’t always help to solve my technology questions. There is just more tech info to catch up on everyday. I’m short of acronyms for texting friends. All that comes to mind is: LOL.

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