What do we mean by "magic"?
Magic is no instrument
Magic is the end
-- Leonard Cohen
The issue of magic came up in the comments following a recent post about being embarrassed by some parts of Paganism. This is also a topic that Drew Jacob has taken up recenlty on his site Rogue Priest.
Magic is a vague term that has been used to describe a wide array of cultural practices, from sleight of hand (legedermain) to summoning demons, from healing with herbs to divination from the entrails of animals, from calling down pagan deities to prayers to a monotheistic god for blessings.