2005-01-15 : Archive 154
"An atheist. You haven't done much magic then? Just fooling around or whatever? Any kind of you know tradition or anything?"
"I'm in your hands," I say. "Well, hold on. I was raised, let's see, I was raised with a magical tradition after all I guess. My folks were Mormons, but like uh mystical Mormons."
"Mystical Mormons," she says.
"Yeah. Very superstitious, very magical-minded. They cast out demons, did healings, um. Divinations."
"So like Christian magic, are Mormons Christian?"
"Yeah, I guess so. I mean, whatever. They say they are, Christians say they aren't, it all looks about the same from here."
"Right," she says.
"It's based on nineteenth century American folk magic, I guess. Dowsing, whatever. With some like Masonic ceremonial stuff thrown in."
"Really? Like what?"
"Secret names, occult handshakes and gestures, that kind of stuff."
"So do you still practice?"
"No, not at all. I gave it up with the rest of the religion."
"Hm," she says. "Anything left over from it? When did you give it up? Any like outstanding obligations, anything like that?"
"No. I mean I can't imagine. It was like eight years ago and change, Halloween time eight years ago. I assume that since my obligations were to something that doesn't exist, I'm not bound to keep them."
"You would," she says.
It's a throwaway bit of my novel but the question's real. Those obligations I had? Those commitments I made? Am I bound by them?
When I promised as a child to serve and love God forever, I meant it, and nobody made provision for His nonexistance.
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