The name of this website is taken from the words of Thomas Vaughan, my favourite alchemist.
'This is the Magician’s Fire. This is the Mercury of the philosophers, that most celebrated Microcosmos, and Adam. This is the Labyrinth and Wild of magick, where a world of students have lost themselves.’
Thomas Vaughan. ‘Anima Magica Abscondita’. 1651
My ideal job description would be Merlin’s apprentice on the Camelot team. King Arthur is my once and future King and fairy gold is my natural currency. I did manage to snatch some away from my local dragon but stores have refused to accept it, so I’ve been forced to work in a money generating building. Here the computer demons keep me trapped in a dark and dusty basement full of mischievous elves.
When I can escape I spend my time translating my dreams into words. Plus creating spells and Grail seeking.
For an academic approach to magic, I recommend the books of Francis Yates. The Occult Philosophy in the Elizabethan Age is a good place to start. http://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Elizabethan-Routledge-Classics-ebook/dp/B000OT7UN2
For those interested in Hogwarts, I recommend reading about an earlier wizarding school, as described in Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea http://www.amazon.co.uk/Earthsea-Quartet-Wizard-Farthest-Tehanu/dp/0140348034
Or forget reading, just wander about. I saw this beside the fountain in Russell Square, London. Everyday magic in the centre of a busy city.
The Egyptian sculpture gallery in the British Museum is a magical and place. It was here that I discovered ZiyZo dragons
For those in search of King Arthur. Here is my once and future King. http://www.thesilurian.info/