Magical Worlds
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Do you know any fairy tales?

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe comes to mind as a convenient example, though I'm sure you can think of countless others.  In this story, Lucy quite by chance finds a doorway into another world, through the back of a wardrobe.  But when she returns and tries to share this discovery with her siblings, the door is no longer there.  Some time later, it magically reappears, and they all enter into Narnia.

The observation I wish to note here is what I take to be a common characteristic of magical realms:  mutability.  Magic and magical realms, I believe, tend to be, by nature, highly changeable.  Call it “moon aspected,” just to be poetic.  As the moon passes through its phases, revealing only a portion of itself at any given time — sometimes full, other times waxing or waning, still others hidden altogether — so magic and magical places may not always present themselves in the same way each time, or may not, perhaps, be accessible at all.

It's not generally what you think of when it comes to a website.

But this is the Carolingian Realm.  I like to think, it's not just an ordinary, everyday website.  The more I were to make it my own, the more it must, in fact, be a place of magic and imagination.

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Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
— Isaiah 65:17