Re: Grimoires and sorcery

From: Ian Cooper <ian_hammond_cooper_at_S9wSZAWp5Phx8DjGLgOzE_5fHvNQxHYimfWQDPPYlD7ewznCLMtJNVvBu>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 22:00:06 -0000

Would saints really be the teachers of 'readings' of the Abiding Book then. Less formal than some sorcerous school, based on insight instead of academic study, but 'revealed' in how that reading lets you shape the world through magic - the spells. Of course most people would be unable to read exactly as their saint has done, every reading being a slightly new interpretation, in most cases their being weaker as a result, but in some cases gaining new insights that might lead to their being regarded as saints in turn if they can popularize their raiding.

Wizards would presumably belong to sorcerous schools that had a far more systematized approach to 'revealing' the secrets of the book, looking for approaches that maximized the number of spells that could be learned. This could be Peter's thesis. Presumably using the school's approach scholars would try to create a thesis that can wring the greatest or most useful number of spells from a reading.

The western mystic presumably sees all such readings as stunted visions of the all - the truth that can be gained by understanding the whole revelation of the Abiding Book.            

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