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Magic is considered as nothing more than just entertainment by many people. However, those who have studied some of the actual history of the Art of Magic know that it is the foundation of almost all knowledge. The art of magic’s historical significance cannot be simply dismissed as mere entertainment. It is important to understand that though today the art of magic is an entertainment art it is also the root of some of our modern great sciences. The art of magic has relation to astronomy, chemistry and pharmacy.
Astrology for example, is the foundation of modern astronomy. People in more historical times who practiced astrology worshiped the celestial bodies and attributed to them magical powers. Astrology classified the whole world into divisions which were supposedly under the influence of planets. The human body, animals, plants, metals and different nations were considered under the influence of certain planets. This began to develop into what is known as astrology where planetary systems were believed to have magical powers. From astrology grew the science of astronomy which dispelled the notion that planets had magical powers.
Astrology was the foundation for alchemy, which in turn was the foundation of chemistry. Astrology believed that the metals formed under the magical influence of various planets. Alchemy was focused on discovering the properties of matter but was also bound up in magic. Alchemy’s magical beliefs were also disproven as it grew into the science of chemistry.
Pharmacology was also an outgrowth of chemistry and medicine. With the development of chemistry from alchemy, pharmacology was born, allied with medicine and had a scientific basis. Medicine in ancient times was practiced by magicians such as shamans to help heal people, but as time progressed into modern times, it too had a scientific basis and was freed from the beliefs in magic.
So, we can see from the examples above that many of the sciences had it’s historical root and foundation in the art of magic. It’s amazing how the unexplainable of those times were explained with magical beliefs and as time and understanding progressed, such magical beliefs were dispelled. I hope this blog post gives my readers a much deeper appreciation for the art of magic and it’s historical significance.
Sources: Tarbell Course in Magic Volume 1 p.38-42