honestly mysticism and magic rituals and shit like that have always been super fascinating to me even though im not entirely sure how much reality there is to them…im not sure reality is the point of magic though. it’s not about it being “real” it’s about believing in something and believing that doing it will help you get what you want or need and that after you perform the ritual you believe that what you did has helped you reach your goal. then if you do reach your goal you can say it worked. if you don’t then you can just say you need to try again, or maybe you did the ritual wrong, or maybe you just need to believe more. idk i think magic can be powerful even if it doesn’t make chairs levitate or whatever.
im reminded of an israeli film i saw a few months ago (im blanking on the name it was called “the Wedding [Something]”) about a woman who was desperate to be married after her fiance pulled out at the last minute, so she visits a kabbalah practitioner who smears animal blood on her face and tells her she’ll soon find what she’s looking for. she’s so confident that she books a venue for her wedding two weeks in advance (the venue happens to be owner by the son of the kabbalah practitioner). She searches and searches, until she’s finally exhausted all of the local matchmakers (she’s super religious and refuses to marry someone who isn’t a breslov chasid). [SPOILERS BTW IF YOU PLAN ON WATCHING THIS FILM] finally it’s her wedding day and she has nobody, but she still shows up at the wedding saying the g-d will provide and her belief in the rituals of kabbalah are very sincere you can tell. but then, just before she’s about to give up and accept defeat, the owner of the venue and the practitioner’s son (who she’s been hanging out with a bit and who is honestly the only attractive man in the whole film) shows up and tells her hes in love with her, and that his divorce with his wife has finally gone through. the last scene is him singing a traditional jewish wedding song to her it’s really sweet.
but anyways my point in telling this story is that to me it really illustrates how magic works in real life. its not really about hocus pocuus or that kinda shit, what magic really is is the forces of the universe aligning together in obscure ways to move your life forward. if you truly believe in the magic then the magic will help you. if you don’t then it’s just coincidence