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This is an excerpt.
How does one begin casting spells? It’s different for every magician. Some find it in a book. Some learn from a teacher. Some seek it out, others have it shoved upon them.
Bailey tripped into it.
He’d wanted a book on the Greek gods. He didn’t know the one he grabbed was meant for practitioners. The woman at the counter appraised him. She sold him the book but said, in a kindly way: don’t use the dark stuff.
He read it all that night.
Reading does not make you a magician. It requires practice. Half of Bailey strained to try it; half of him sneered. It can’t work.
He set about building a shrine. He hid this from his parents. Trinkets from junk shops. It looked baroque, ceremonial.
One night he cut a wand of willow under moonlight. He followed all the prescriptions, approached his shrine, chanted.
He felt foolish.
But he continued. He said the words and made the motions. At every step he expected that nothing would happen. Nothing, and he was stupid for trying.
Then something happened.
The world opened. Something was with him. His eyes went wide. He told himself it was his imagination. Then he bowed.
If there are gods, this was a god. He had called to Apollo, and Apollo answered.
There was no shower of sparks, no glowing fog or shaking earth. Bailey didn’t see anything. But it grabbed him. On his knees Bailey could hear his own pulse, galloping.
Why did Bailey chant that night? So he could make offerings and ask for something. Instead he held communion.
The thoughts in his head came from somewhere else. He received answers faster than he could form questions. The voice was neither kind nor cruel. It was direct.
His moment with Apollo was short. He came away knowing: if you’re going to do this, do it right. Otherwise quit.
Bailey did not quit.
In that moment, Bailey discovered both magic and religion. He still had his doubts—imagination?—but he couldn’t forget what he felt. As his deity ordered, he studied before he tried again. It was a long time before he did. But at his next ritual, he was prepared.
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