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[[File:Merlin208_0017.jpg|thumb|251x251px|[[Morgause]], a [[High Priestess]] of the [[Old Religion]], practicing [[magic]].]]
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{{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}}
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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.
   
The [[magic]] used by most human sorcerers and sorceresses comes from the [[Old Religion]]. In some way, the [[File:Merlin208_0017.jpg|thumb|260px]]essence of magic coincides with the Old Religion itself. The Old Religion is, in fact, not only considered to be a simple belief or worship, but an animated or almost living essence or force of the universe, that holds everthing in balance. In the episode "''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]''" [[Nimueh]] told Merlin that "''the Old Religion does not care about who lives and who dies, only that the balance of the world is restored''": this indicates that the [[High Priestess]] regarded it as an animated force with a will of its own.
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== Rules and Beliefs ==
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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]]'').
   
Balance is indeed the key tenet of [[magic]] and the Old Religion: in order for something to be taken, something must be given. This is very clear in the rituals related to the [[Power over Life and Death|power over life and death]] (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]) ''or the [[blood-sacrifice|blood sacrifice]] (''[[The Darkest Hour]]''), where a life is required.
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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]] 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]]'').
   
Even to cast simple [[spells]], there's probably a price to pay: the energy the sorcerer conjures into the world may[[File:591-Evangeline.jpg|thumb|left|Merlin collapses from the effort of having conjured a powerful spell.]] correspond to a minor quantity of energy drawn from him. Also to negate or destroy magic, magic of an equal power must be used. This was shown, for example, at the end of Merlin and Morgana's [[magical duel]] (''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]''): after having summoned a powerful [[Whirlwind spell|whirlwind]] that threw the [[Witch]] through the air, Emrys collapsed from the effort.
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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]] and [[blood Sacrifice|blood sacrifices]], both of which require a life to be taken (''[[Le Morte d'Arthur]]'', ''[[The Darkest Hour]]'').
   
The magic of the Old Religion allows to weave power into the fabric of the world, making solid what it is in the mind, and un-solid what it is already solid. [[Dragoon the Great (disguise)|Dragoon the Great]], in fact, described magic to [[Arthur]] with this words: ''"Magic is all around you. It's bound to the very fabric of the world" ''(''[[The Wicked Day]]'').
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[[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 a toll on the warlock, who immediately collapsed from exhaustion (''[[A Servant of Two Masters]]'').
   
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.
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== Methods of Use ==
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{{Quote|We are both creatures of the Old Religion. It is the source of your power.|[[Kilgharrah]] to [[Merlin]]|Le Morte d'Arthur}}
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[[File:Merlin308_0727.jpg|thumb|220x220px|[[Morgana]] uses a [[poppet]] to focus her [[magic]].|left]]
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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]]'').
   
Unless the [[Warlock|sorcerer]] or [[sorceress]] is extremely highly gifted (or his emotions are heightened), like [[Merlin]] or [[File:Merlin308_0727.jpg|thumb|Morgana uses a poppet to focus her magic. ]][[Mordred]], humans must channel their power with rituals, spells and other instruments of magic. In ''[[Series 3]]'' [[Morgana]], having only learnt who 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.
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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]]'').
   
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]]). The Old Religion remains, anyway, the source of every power.
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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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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:
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[[File:Ruadan_alone.png|thumb|[[Ruadan]] praying the gods of the [[Old Religion]].|221x221px]]
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"'''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...'''"
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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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Latest revision as of 20:32, April 17, 2019

Merlin208 0017

Morgause, a High Priestess of the Old Religion, practicing magic.

The Old Religion is the magic of the earth itself. It is the essence which binds all things together.
Kilgharrah to Merlin[src]

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.

Rules and Beliefs Edit

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).

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).

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 and blood sacrifices, both of which require a life to be taken (Le Morte d'Arthur, The Darkest Hour).

591-Evangeline

Merlin collapses from the effort of having incanted a 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's magical duel, Merlin summoned a powerful whirlwind that threw Morgana through the air. The effort of casting such a powerful spell took a toll on the warlock, who immediately collapsed from exhaustion (A Servant of Two Masters).

Methods of Use Edit

We are both creatures of the Old Religion. It is the source of your power.
Kilgharrah to Merlin[src]
Merlin308 0727

Morgana uses a poppet to focus her magic.

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, 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).

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).

Some creatures of the Old Religion (such as Sidhe, Trolls, and 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.

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:

Ruadan alone

Ruadan praying the gods of the Old Religion.

"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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