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what’s the difference? historically various “magic” practices are what we would now recognise as psychology combined with some other science-ish discipline.

wizard: objects. builds machines and other engineering type solutions, typically in the patronage of a royal court
witch/warlock: chemistry / alchemy; the preparation of medicines, psychoactive drugs; makeup
seer: meteorology/geology/field biology
psychic: psychiatry
sorcerer: natural talent for pure visualisation- mathematics; physics;

@zens I think I’ve recommended you Chris Gosden’s History of Magic. It’s basically anthropology but on these themes. It’s very good

(The other thing magic was was a branch of law, which is to say of retribution and of social sanction)

@liamvhogan i don’t remember that but it is now in my offical list of books reccomended to me

@zens @liamvhogan

I've had Ioan P. Culianu's Eros and Magic in the Renaissance highly recommended to me in this regard.

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