OK, so I had a crazy idea… I’ve been obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition lately, and recently I’ve been looking into the Sorcerer class, since I tend to prefer playing magic-user classes and I usually play as a Wizard since they’re the most intellectual. However, when I was researching Sorcerer mechanics for D&D, I noticed a few strong and very surprising synchronicities.
Now, I do NOT mean to propose that the way ‘magic’ works in D&D as a whole is accurate to real life Occult Magick, just thinking about that gives me an overwhelming sense of how ridiculous it sounds.
BUT, what if it’s possible that there are little hints of accuracy sprinkled throughout the game? D&D uses many words that have occult significance, everything from different planes to Astral projection, to the names of the various Devils that rule over the 9 Hells and all that. And back in the day there was the whole “Satanic Panic” that fundamentalist Christians started because of D&D, and although I would never say their fears were “justified”, maybe the fact that they were/are utterly insane gives them a slight advantage in detecting real world Magick.
Trying to get to the point of this rambling tangent, I typically identify as a “Wizard”, because I thought it was a fairly good universal term for a magick-user and it has an intellectual implication. However, it occurred to me that it may be more accurate to call myself a Sorcerer, if real life Magick works anywhere near how it does in D&D. My thought process is this: Since the time I discovered Magick was real a number of years ago, I have never really needed to do a lot of research or read up on how to cast spells like a D&D Wizard does according to the game mechanics. Magick just comes to me naturally, and I often find myself theorizing about new types of spells I can cast without the need for reading what other people have done before me. That, and I can normally cast them with very little preparation. In addition to this, I can also and even prefer to cast my spells silently and with only small subtle gestures that are easily hidden.
Now, hear me out. In D&D, Sorcerers are born with natural magical skills and don’t need to learn spells from books and such. In addition to this, at a high enough level, Sorcerers can choose a perk or an ability called “Subtle Spell”, in which they need no verbal or somatic components to their spells and can just cast with the sheer power of their thoughts/mind. Furthermore, a common way Sorcerers get their magic is by being born with a “Draconic Bloodline”, meaning somewhere down the line in their ancestry they are linked to dragons or a specific dragon.
Now, here’s where I ACTUALLY get to the point. I have Welsh ancestry, my mom and her parents and sister were all born in England, but one of my great grandmothers was born in Wales. Dragons are a LONG-standing huge cultural icon in Wales, so much so that they have a dragon on their flag. (And yes, I checked, it is indeed a dragon and not a wyvern.) I have a friend that is also an occultist, and he has more experience than me. Years ago when I was first getting into Magick, I remember he mentioned something about the possibility of me being linked with dragons since I have Welsh ancestry. So what if I am indeed a Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer?!?!
Granted I don’t believe dragons actually existed in the physical world at any time in natural history, but I just saw something that claimed they could be Astral spirits, and of course there’s the common Western belief of dragons being demonic and avatars for Satan, though I’d rather not associate myself with demons anymore if I don’t have to. At any rate, there’s a possibility that the Welsh people and the land of Wales itself is liked to and influenced by an ancient Dragon spirit or spirits, and I inherited power from those spirits.
TL;DR - Could I be a Draconic Bloodline Sorcerer just like in D&D but in real life?