Syfy’s Magicians Series Serves As a Cautionary Tale to Would-Be Magicians

If SyFy’s Magicians series goes the way of other television adaptations of sophisticated novels, then it will be dumbed-down to a battle with an external evil and a hackneyed warning against meddling with powers one does not understand. In contrast, while Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy is a cautionary tale for would-be magicians, it offers a different kind of warning. It reminds us of the truth of those words which the mother of contemporary Paganism, Doreen Valiente, put into the mouth of the Goddess: “If that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.” [Read more…]

We Are (Not) Special: Anthropocentrism and the Evolving Universe

One of the insights of deep ecology is that we humans are members of a vast more-than-human community. Deep ecology calls us to a new humility in the face of this fact, challenging us to abandon our anthropocentric perspective. [Read more…]

Longing and Grace in Lev Grossman’s The Magician King

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. … — Rilke You, the great homesickness I could never shake off … — Rilke I [Read More…]

Who wants to be a magician?

“There is another world, and it is this one.” — Paul Eluard I recently got turned on to Lev Gossman’s novel, The Magicians, after reading a review by Matthew Bowman on the Peculiar People blog on the Mormon channel at Patheos. So I bought the book, and I just finished it. It was excellent. As [Read More…]

All I need is a little bit of magic

At her blog, Onion Work, Ruby Sara has recently posted about the beginnings of her spiritual journey and the fascination that magic played.  She denies that this fascination with magic was escapism: And it was for magic specifically that I ached. To some, this yearning may seem the antithesis of my views regarding the need for a [Read More…]