Magical Tradition
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Basic Information

A Magical Tradition is a body of spell-casting techniques, and philosophical or religious beliefs pertaining to one particular view or method of magic or occultism. Here's a list from Wikipedia of a great many real-world Magical Traditions:

See also:
laws of magic



Game and Story Use

  • Any of the Magical Traditions on this list is full of great ideas for character concepts, spells, magic items, game worlds, etc. Basing the magic of your setting on something from the real world can help give it flavor beyond Color Coded Wizardry and the Standard Fantasy Setting.
  • One culture may have different forms of magic with different restrictions on their use - an example would be the Norse distinction between runic magic - which was sort of acceptable for a man to use - and seid, which was for women and nithings only. Unless you were Odin apparently.
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