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[[File:Merlin208_0017.jpg|thumb|251x251px|[[Morgause]], a [[High Priestess]] of the [[Old Religion]], practicing [[magic]].]]
 
[[File:Merlin208_0017.jpg|thumb|251x251px|[[Morgause]], a [[High Priestess]] of the [[Old Religion]], practicing [[magic]].]]
 
{{Quote|The Old Religion is the magic of the earth itself. It is the essence which binds all things together.|[[Kilgharrah]] to [[Merlin]]|Le Morte d'Arthur}}
 
{{Quote|The Old Religion is the magic of the earth itself. It is the essence which binds all things together.|[[Kilgharrah]] to [[Merlin]]|Le Morte d'Arthur}}
The '''magic of the [[Old Religion]]''' is the form of [[magic]] used by most human [[sorcerers]]. It is the magic of the earth itself, the essence which binds all things together, and maintains the balance of the world.
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The form of [[magic]] used by most human [[sorcerers]] is known as the '''magic of the [[Old Religion]]'''. It is the magic of the earth itself, the essence which binds all things together and maintains the balance of the world.
   
 
== Rules and Beliefs ==
 
== Rules and Beliefs ==
The magic of the [[Old Religion]] is believed to be the essence of the earth itself. It binds all things together and is part of the very fabric of the world, which gives it the power to make solid what is in the mind, and un-solid what is already solid (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]'', ''[[The Wicked Day]]'', ''[[The Diamond of the Day]]'').
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The magic of the [[Old Religion]] is considered to be the essence of the earth itself. It binds all things together and is part of the very fabric of the world, which gives it the power to made solid what is in the mind, and un-solid what is already solid (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]'', ''[[The Wicked Day]]'', ''[[The Diamond of the Day]]'').
   
Because of this, the Old Religion is not considered to be a simple belief or worship, but an omnipresent force that holds everything in balance. It is unknown whether this force is considered to be animate or inanimate. [[Nimueh]] told [[Merlin]] that the Old Religion did not care who lived and who died as long as the balance of the world was restored, but it's unclear whether she meant that it was animate force with a will of its own that would choose whatever sacrifice it wished, or an inanimate force that could be directed to choose whatever sacrifice ''she'' wished (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]'').
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Because of this, the Old Religion is not considered to be a simple belief or worship, but an omnipresent force that holds everything in balance. It is unknown whether this force is considered to be animate or inanimate. [[Nimueh]] once told [[Merlin]] that the Old Religion did not care who lived and who died as long as the balance of the world was restored, but it's unclear whether she meant that it was animate force with a will of its own that would choose whatever sacrifice it wished, or an inanimate force that could be directed to choose whatever sacrifice ''she'' wished (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]'').
   
Balance is a key tenet of the magic of the Old Religion. In order for something to be given, something must be taken in return. This principle is especially important to rituals relating to the [[Power over Life and Death|power over life and death]] and [[blood Sacrifice|blood sacrifices]], both of which require a life to be taken (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]'', ''[[The Darkest Hour]]'').
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Balance is a key tenet of the magic of the Old Religion. In order for something to be given, something must be taken in return. This principle is especially important to rituals relating to the [[Power over Life and Death|power over life and death]] or [[blood Sacrifice|blood sacrifices]], both of which require a life to be taken (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]'', ''[[The Darkest Hour]]'').
   
[[File:591-Evangeline.jpg|thumb|220x220px|[[Merlin]] collapses from the effort of having incanted a [[Whirlwind spell|powerful spell]].]]Though not nearly as drastic, the principle of balance can also be seen in the casting of [[spells]]. When a [[sorcerer]] uses magic, the strength and amount of magic that they used often appears to correspond to the amount of energy that they expend. For example, at the end of Merlin and [[Morgana|Morgana's]] [[magical duel]], Merlin summoned a powerful [[Whirlwind spell|whirlwind]] that threw Morgana through the air. The effort of casting such a powerful spell took toll on the warlock, who immediately collapsed from exhaustion (''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]'').
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[[File:591-Evangeline.jpg|thumb|220x220px|[[Merlin]] collapses from the effort of having incanted [[Whirlwind spell|powerful spell]].]]Though not nearly as drastic, the principle of balance can also be seen in the casting of [[spells]]. When a [[sorcerer]] uses magic, the strength and amount of magic that they used often appears to correspond to the amount of energy that they expend. For example, at the end of Merlin and [[Morgana|Morgana's]] [[magical duel]], Merlin summoned a powerful [[Whirlwind spell|whirlwind]] that threw Morgana through the air. The effort of casting such a powerful spell took an immediate toll on the warlock, who immediately collapsed from the effort (''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]'').
   
== Methods of Use ==
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== Practitioners and Followers ==
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The Old Religion is, in fact, the very essence of nature, of the universe and humans who possess the gift of harnessing this energy to their own can shape it at their will. The more they can get in contact with the power of the Old Religion, the more they can achieve and conjure into this world. Therefore [[Creature of Magic|creatures of the Old Religion]], like [[Merlin]], possess an incredibly strong power, for this very energy lies within them. Merlin, in the episode ''[[The Sword in the Stone|The Sword in the Stone: Part Two]]'', declared that he was born with magic, possibly indicating that this power is part of him. The [[High Priestesses]] or [[High Priests]], because they dedicate their entire existence to serve the Old Religion, have a great access to its power too. In fact, Nimueh, [[Morgause]] and Morgana all showed incredibly strong magic.
{{Quote|We are both creatures of the Old Religion. It is the source of your power.|[[Kilgharrah]] to [[Merlin]]|Le Morte d'Arthur}}
 
[[File:Merlin308_0727.jpg|thumb|220x220px|[[Morgana]] uses a [[poppet]] to focus her [[magic]].|left]]
 
The magic of the [[Old Religion]] is practiced by most human [[sorcerers]]. The more contact they have with the power of the Old Religion, they more they can achieve with its magic. As such, [[Creature of Magic|creatures of the Old Religion]] (such as [[Merlin]]) are known to be incredibly powerful, as its magic lies within them and is the very source of their power. Those who serve the Old Religion (such as [[High Priestesses]]) also have access to this power (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]'').
 
   
 
[[File:Merlin308_0727.jpg|thumb|200px|Morgana uses a poppet to focus her magic.]]
Unless a sorcerer is highly skilled (or their emotions are heightened), they typically channel their powers with [[spells]], rituals, and other instruments of magic. Most beginning sorcerers are also limited in this regard. [[Morgana]], for example, who had recently learned to control her magic but not how to use it, had to rely on a [[poppet]] as a central focus for her spells when she used a [[Phoenix Eye]] to try to kill [[Arthur]] (''[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]'').
 
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Unless the [[Warlock|sorcerer]] or [[sorceress]] is extremely highly gifted (or his emotions are heightened), like [[Merlin]] or [[Mordred]], humans must channel their power with rituals, spells and other instruments of magic. In ''[[Series 3|Series 3,]]'' [[Morgana]], having only learnt how to control her magic but not how to use it, had to rely on an object of some sort - such as when she tried to kill Arthur by using a [[Phoenix Eye]] and a [[poppet]] (''[[The Eye of the Phoenix]]'') - as the central focus for her spells rather than simply conjuring something on her own.
   
Some creatures of the Old Religion (such as [[Sidhe magic|Sidhe]], [[Troll magic|Trolls]], and [[Dragonlords magic|Dragonlords]]) have their own unique forms of magic. As creatures of magic, it is likely that the Old Religion is the source of their power.
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Magic, however, can be performed in other ways, when the conjurer is linked to the power of the [[Sidhe]] ([[Sidhe magic]]) or [[troll]]s ([[Troll magic]]). But the Old Religion still remains the source of every power.
   
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A particular form of magic was practiced by the followers of the Old Religion while they were praying the old gods. When [[Sefa]] arrived at an ancient building (possibly a place of worship) in the woods outside Camelot to meet her [[File:Ruadan_alone.png|thumb|Ruadan praying the gods of the Old Religion.]]father [[Ruadan]], she heard him recting a kind of spell ("'''Crungon walo wide, cwoman woldagas, swylt eall fornom secgrofra wera, wurdon hyra wigsteal westen stapolas, brosnade burgsteall. Betend crungon hergas to hrusan. Forpon pas hofu dreorgiad, ond paes teaforgeapa tigelum sceaded. Crungon walo wide, cwoman woldagas ond paes teaforgeapa tigelum sceaded hrostbeages hrof...'''"), which was probably the same call for victory over the enemies of the Old Religion that Gaius found written on a piece of parchment, hidden inside an amulet that Ruadan wore around his neck (''[[Arthur's Bane]]'').
Followers of the Old Religion can also access its magic by praying. For example, when [[Sefa]] went to meet her father in the woods outside [[Camelot]], she found [[Ruadan]] kneeling in an abandoned fortress (possibly a place of worship) and reciting a prayer:
 
[[File:Ruadan_alone.png|thumb|[[Ruadan]] praying the gods of the [[Old Religion]].|221x221px]]
 
"'''Crungon walo wide, cwoman woldagas, swylt eall fornom secgrofra wera, wurdon hyra wigsteal westen stapolas, brosnade burgsteall. Betend crungon hergas to hrusan. Forpon pas hofu dreorgiad, ond paes teaforgeapa tigelum sceaded. Crungon walo wide, cwoman woldagas ond paes teaforgeapa tigelum sceaded hrostbeages hrof...'''"
 
 
It is possible that this prayer is a call for victory over the enemies of the Old Religion. After Ruadan was killed by the [[Knights of Camelot]], [[Gaius]] found such a call written on a piece of parchment. It was hidden inside an amulet that Ruadan wore around his neck''' '''(''[[Arthur's Bane]]'').
 
 
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