MakoShark asked this question on 4/28/2000:
My name is Daryl and have an idea for fantasy novel where some of the characters will have magical powers.
Since this is fantasy fiction I can make up anything I want as far as their powers go, but I wanted the magicks to be as real and realistic as possible.
I mean no disrespect for your religion. Were I doing a novel involving Catholics or Buddhists, I would send a similar question so I do not do a disservice to the subject matter.
I would like to know more about your religion. Do you pray? To whom? To what end? Is there an afterlife?
How does magick work? Where does the power come from? Where does it go when you are done with your spell? Do you have to use a spell? Are there different kinds of magicks? Can anyone do magicks with training? Or only a select few? How old must you be to do magicks? How long does it take to learn to do magicks? Are you aware of instances where people are born with the powers and abilities without much training?
I have heard of covens and wicca groups. Is there strength in numbers? Are some people more powerful than others?
As with all things there are good and bad people. My guess is that magick is neither good or bad--black or white but that it conforms to the person using the power. Is this true or are there different types of magick for different types of actions? (e.g. murder, plague, etc. vs. healing, love, etc.)
I know this is a bit long and I am sure more questions will arise from your answers. If you are willing to talk, I appreciate your input.
Thank you Daryl
NeoSerenity gave this response on 5/7/2000:
A good book you may want buy or check out at the library is a book by Silver Raven Wolf called "To Ride a Silver Broomstick," it's basically wicca101. :) She covers a lot of your questions in easy to understand and fun language. I think it's a must read for anyone who wants to know more about Wicca. I think she's one of the most knowledgeable teachers for those who are just starting out or for those who just want to understand the religion better. If you want to chat with me though I've been practicing now for going on five years and I'd be more than happy to answer as many questions as you can think of. :) I'm a writer too so I know how inquistive we can be and I know how great it is when you can find someone who can help you out with research. My e-mail is NeoSerenityMKRE@aol.com if you want to keep in touch.
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