I am often dismayed at many posts on this site. All these comments and questions about what is and isn't magic. Do spells work? Some do, most do not! All the questions and answers about runes,and stones.Crystals, candles,chakras, etc. These are "magical beliefs"; or religion if that pleases you.
But magic, real magic, is all around you! Every living creature; every plant and animal is magical. YOU are magical! All your life your body works "magic". With no effort on your part, your heart pumps blood around your body. You breathe. Your glands do their work.All day, all night, millions of cells in your body are dying and being replaced.Every bone in your body renews itself every ten years; no living bone is more than ten years old. (How many of you knew that?)
Consider a tree. How does it get water to the topmost twig when it could be anything up to a hundreds metres from the ground? (It does it by capillary attraction.Look it up!) It's magic!
Learn the behaviour of insects; the intelligence of bees; the enormous strength of an Ant.
When I first asked my teacher, many years ago, "What exactly is magic?" I wrote down what she said (as I wrote down everything she said!):-
"Throw a few seeds on to good soil. Add water and sunshine. Treat them with care and tenderness. Watch them grow. You cannot get much more magical than that!"
A great deal of what we call "magic" is merely knowledge. To me, the internet is magic; because I don't understand exactly how it works. Television; radio; aircraft. How does a hundred thousand ton tanker, made of steel, and laden with oil, float?
Magic is all around you. Everything else is "mystical belief."
Bright Blessings from a traditional witch, getting older by the minute!