Magical exercises

There are a great many exercises for developing specific magical skills, often difficult or requiring close supervision, and many are oath-bound within certain traditions. It is surprisingly rare to find simple exercises that are easy to understand and don't require iron discipline, yet are genuinely transformative. While there is a discipline to magic, the role this discipline plays is often misunderstood. When something becomes a chore it is a clear sign that inspiration has fled.

The exercises given here require no routine, and despite their apparent simplicity are very powerful and potentially vastly transformative. They merely require the conscious adoption of certain attitudes, but the resulting effects are far wider than what you might expect; they are also necessary foundations for advanced magic: