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Hello,
Can anyone help me add to my list of people who may have mystical powers or practice some form of magic? I am thinking more along the lines of Druids than fairies, but I've included both. Thanks for anyone you can add!  :writing3

Mystics (would you know what I was talking about if I referred to someone as a Mystic?)
Druids
Witches
Warlocks
Wizards
Fairies
Sorcerors
...

Who else?

Thank you!
#1 - December 10, 2012, 01:23 PM

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#2 - December 10, 2012, 01:26 PM
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#4 - December 10, 2012, 01:34 PM

Do you mean in established myth? Like what creatures historically have we associated with this?
You could include the various pantheons of gods.
I think banshees might be included, although their power is limited to predicting death.
Selkies are magical, but don't cast spells, same for mermaids or sirens.
Maybe oracles, like the Oracle of Delphi?

As for mystics, as a Christian that's something very specific for me. I'd think of St. John of the Cross or Theresa of Avila, or the older Jewish mystics... I think probably every religion has their "mystics" and I'd assume you were referring to some sort of monk like religious person with mystical experiences. :)
#5 - December 10, 2012, 02:11 PM
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What MysteryRobin said. Years ago, I was prompted to look up the dictionary definition of mysticism when a religious figure I knew of referred to himself as a Christian mystic. I was surprised by what it said: "The doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with the Divinity through contemplation and love." So like MR and Raynbow, fwiw, I wouldn't immediately equate a mystic with someone who had magical powers.
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As for mystics, as a Christian that's something very specific for me. I'd think of St. John of the Cross or Theresa of Avila, or the older Jewish mystics... I think probably every religion has their "mystics" and I'd assume you were referring to some sort of monk like religious person with mystical experiences. :)

Thank you -- this is helpful! Actually, "monk like religious person with mystical experiences" pretty much nails what I am trying to describe. (As well as other types of magical people.)
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medicine man or shaman?
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#9 - December 10, 2012, 04:46 PM
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?? Can't any creature, character, or object that the author wants to endow with mystical powers or magic? From martyrs to old women to ghosts?

I guess I don't understand the question.

#11 - December 10, 2012, 05:35 PM
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?? Can't any creature, character, or object that the author wants to endow with mystical powers or magic? From martyrs to old women to ghosts?

Totally, if that is established within the story.  For clarification's sake, I'm specifically brainstorming groups of people who, within established and familiar folklore or mythology, have some form of magical or mystical capabilities.

I am trying to go beyond witches, wizards and the others I mentioned though, and I'm getting stuck. People's responses have been helpful--thank you!
#12 - December 11, 2012, 11:18 AM

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I still vote for Anne Marie.
#13 - December 11, 2012, 11:35 AM
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I'm not sure I understand either but do elves count? Unicorns? Genies?
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I'm not sure I understand either but do elves count? Unicorns? Genies?

Ah! Elves! Thank you.

I think I'm starting to get un-stuck.
#15 - December 11, 2012, 12:39 PM

Hmmm....Santa. ;)

Anyone with an amulet or any magical item, pixies, Superheroes, angels, telepaths, ninjas maybe, evil beings (goblins, vampires, shapeshifters)
#16 - December 11, 2012, 12:51 PM

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I used to have mystical powers but then I had kids.
#17 - December 11, 2012, 04:16 PM

My kids think I have mystical powers because I can see through walls and tell them what they're doing. This is the one thing I don't feel one bit bad about lying to them about. Mama SEES you!!!

Do you have djinns on your list?
#18 - December 11, 2012, 04:53 PM
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I used to have mystical powers but then I had kids.

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Do you have djinns on your list?

No -- never heard of them but will definitely look them up! Thanks! See? You DO have magical powers!

#20 - December 11, 2012, 04:58 PM

LOL! It's like a genie, but more legit. ;)
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Mystic reminds me of the Jim Henson movie, The Dark Crystal, which has Mystics. They are wise and old and mystical.

Other thoughts:
Soothsayer
Shaman
Medicine Man
Priestess
Fortune Teller
Psychic
#22 - December 17, 2012, 10:06 AM
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Mystic reminds me of the Jim Henson movie, The Dark Crystal, which has Mystics. They are wise and old and mystical.

Other thoughts:
Soothsayer
Shaman
Medicine Man
Priestess
Fortune Teller
Psychic

Thanks, Traci. These are all very helpful. Soothsayer--that's a great one!
#23 - December 17, 2012, 10:45 AM

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If you're looking for something a bit more... tribal, here in South Africa we have traditional witchdoctors. They come in two flavours: Sangoma, who do their magic via divination and the Inyanga who practice herbalism. Mostly though the term Sangoma is pretty universally used. They are legally recognised on as healers, but some of the practices are fueled by superstition, and it can get quite creepy.
#24 - December 17, 2012, 11:32 AM

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