I saw this discussed already in a thread somewhere, but I couldn’t for the life of me find that thread again. It wasn’t my intention to bring up something that was already discussed, but life’s funny sometimes.
This thread is about those times when the results manifest before the magic is done. The cart manifesting before the horse. I know it’s happened to you before. It’s when you mean to cast a healing spell on your friend, and they get better before you even begin. Or your enemy crashes their car into a tree exactly as you wanted - except that you hadn’t gotten around to casting that curse yet. Or that money you wanted comes to you before you can finish saying, “O [great wealth god X], please hear my request.”
One theory offered was that because spirits don’t work under the concept of time as we know it, their influence may often manifest out of otherwise reasonably chronological order.
When could we be sure that this was the case?
How can we be certain that life was or wasn’t going to play out the way it would anyway, whether or not we intervened with magic?
I want to believe that I had something to do with it - but how can I know that I’m not reading what I want to read into it?