Please allow me to introduce myself. I am MagneticDuke, a 20-year-old college freshman. I recently encountered someone who claimed to practice magic, and this aroused my curiosity. If I understand correctly, magic is essentially using the fact that you are part of the universe to bend it to your will.
Science and standard Philosophy haven't allowed me to form a working understanding of the nature of intelligence and life, and I'm hoping that, even if I cannot learn magic for some reason, that I can at least learn part of the philosophies behind it.
That said, I will have some rather severe limitations. I still live with my parents, both very faithful, anti-magic Christians, so I will have to keep my studies a secret. This means I won't have an altar to use, using any kind of material components (pardon the RPG language) such as candles and so forth is going to be nearly impossible, and any kind of chants presents the risk of being heard. This limits me to magics based on thought, meditation, will, emotion, desire and energy manipulation.
Hopefully I'll find a community of people I'm comfortable with. That said, I already have a question. I've already tried the "finding your element" spell, and got air/water as a result. Should I assume I miscast that one since I got a hybrid result? I've tried several recasts and got similar results each time.