1. Magic is primarily spiritual in nature, or at least that is the dominant interpretation for the primary source of the energy used. The spirit realm is perceived as a realm of living energy, interpreted as a mirror to the physical realm, dominated by matter.
2. The origins of magic rely on techniques developed to exploit the link between body and soul, to mentally manipulate spiritual energy. Simple techniques to manipulate the spirit for meditative purposes led to the development of ways to draw that energy into the physical realm.
3. By shaping and manipulating that energy in complex ways, it results in specific effects on the physical realm, resulting in spells. The exact flow of energy can be described in formulas that allow spells to be taught and recorded in spellbooks.
4. While these patterns can be complex, the actual art of manipulating that energy, and learning how to do so, is seen as more complicated than the character of any individual spell. This is why a given spellboo