Authentic Thaumaturgy [Isaac Bonewits] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A real world look at magic from Isaac Bonewits who carries a. Here’s an excerpt from the Second Edition of Authentic Thaumaturgy, my book on magic and religion for players of fantasy games such as. Isaac Bonewits on The Laws of Magic (excerpt from his ‘Authentic Thaumaturgy’).

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Fortune telling from the land of fortune-making Coming December www. However, if they had the right devices they might be able to throw some fast spells that had been set up by better magicians see later in this chapter. However, if you like to tinker with your magical system, if you run a campaign in which wizards play a major role, or if you want to read a book that has influenced countless game designers since its first publication, this is an excellent addition to your library.

Theurgy is not dead, however, since for many people today, magic is relevant only as a psychotherapeutic path towards autgentic, and no attempt is made by them to apply its insights and techniques to the physical world. Spells using Psychometry include: Kinesthetic Techniques Men and women have always used dancing, as well as running, spinning, authfntic other physical activities, as ways to go into trances altered states of consciousness and to release magical powers.

Shannon Haddock marked it as to-read Jul 27, Similarly, while purity and innocence do not guarantee protection from malevolent magical attack, in some game systems intense religious piety may provide some divine protection. One gaming way to handle this would be to have the player of the character being operated upon roll for another Psi Talent on the PATs, authrntic the surgery was done by a Magus, or else to get whatever talent was desired by the surgeon if he happened to be an Adept.

There are also four basic parts to magic: While it no doubt simplifies their magic calculations, it does deliver a major blow to accuracy in simulation.

Autentic Thaumaturgy

Changing any or all of these can protect a character from the spell involved. Physical resistance leads to the topic of Magical Resistance.

If Psychokinesis is being used in a spell and the process is halted just before firing or releasing the spell, one of two things will probably happen. Professionals will adjust their Magical Power whenever they go up a rank. Still the concept of variables is appropriate, since when psychic phenomena occur, one is faced with a need to handle dozens or hundreds or thousands of unknown factors, many of which are in a constant state of change.


If tap attempt fails, the magician may stop the spell at no cost other than the Basic Cost of the Talents involved, or may continue to cast the spell with only his personal MPs behind it. Retrieved from ” https: On one level you, as a Magus, explore the subtle connections of magic to exploit them and use the power gained, just as modern man exploits scientific laws to create new technology.

The Clair-Senses include, among others, the following: Readers should note that these ranges for PK are maximum ideal ranges for very light objects or particles. In a Low Mana Density Area. Most of the technical motivations of magic-using characters, before, during and after using magic, will be based on these laws. If a situation calls for a minor variation on a spell already known to a magician, then he should have to practice the new variation on his condensed version a few times in his head say once for rank 5, twice for rank 4, thrice for rank 3 and four times for rank 2?

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This Law is based on fundamental human thought processes and does make doing magic, especially with abstract concepts, much easier. Thus the target will soar as high as she, he, or it can before being stopped by running into a ceiling or until it goes out of range authetic the magician. Otherwise, go to Step 7. These attitudes were based upon the writings of H. The thsumaturgy why even the greatest magicians in the real world fail so frequently is that there are just too many variables to keep track of at the same time — many of which are beyond the ability of any mortal to identify or control.

Authentic Thaumaturgy: Introduction

Authentic Thaumaturgy by Isaac Bonewits. Bonewits presents 26 Laws of Magic which he explains “are not legislative laws but, like those of physics or of musical harmony, are practical observations that have been accumulating over the course of thousands of years, with remarkable similarity in almost every known human culture. From a practical game vantage, perhaps the best solution is for referees to make sure that magicians who have mastered Apportation and Teleportation usually find themselves facing opponents who have good magical defenses.


authejtic To Blow a Hole in Someone. The player rolls d, trying to roll under a percentage, autbentic if successful spends the required amount of magic power to accomplish the effect.

The five basic land types are plains, which produce white mana; mountains, which produce red mana; forests, which produce green mana; swamps, which produce black mana and islands, which produce blue mana. Once you have cast a spell on something or someone, that spell stays in effect until a the spell decays, b somebody casts a counterspell, c somebody destroys the object or being, or d something equally drastic is done to alter the situation.

This may make them impractical to use as Player Characters. They actively advocate discrimination against Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Neopagans, Santerians, Native American religionists, and members of every other non-monotheistic religion on the planet and several competing faiths that are monotheist.

For example, “SW NM ” means shrink wrapped in near-mint condition. Nonetheless, feel free to change them if you have unearthly or otherwise unusual cultures involved in your game.

This you list on his record sheet with a star or other thaumatturgy to indicate that he has a Flair for Clairvoyance. But then, theological depth is not what we authentlc expect from hysteria mongers and professional witchhunters.

Readers should feel free to take all, part or none of my suggestions, depending upon how they think the ideas would fit with their game universes. If tapping was desired, roll on Table 8.

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The magic user is now vulnerable to magical or physical attack. Kenneth Hite in Mania Magazine: A magician who has just thuamaturgy in rank may start at the equivalent time in the new row to that achieved previously. Pia rated it really liked it Jun 10, If the same 50 MP heat spell hits a 30 MP Retuning shield, 20 MPs of heat spell thaumsturgy get through as before, and 30 MPs of it will be changed to an incoming spell of whatever sort the receiver likes and knows how to do.